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'I Saw the Devil' and 'The Housemaid' invited to Toronto

2010/08/02 | 491 views |  | Permalink | Source

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Two Korean features have been invited to this year's Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The fest, which has yet to announce its full line-up, will present Kim Jee-woon's "I Saw the Devil" and the North American premiere of IM Sang-soo's "The Housemaid - 2010" during its run September 9 19.
"I Saw the Devil", which has its Korean release August 11, will screen in TIFF's Special Presentations section a program devoted to major films from renowned directors. Director KIM is one of Korea's top three genre masters with previous films, the Manchuria-set "kimchi" western "The Good, the Bad, the Weird" (2008) and noirish-mafia-thriller "A Bittersweet Life" (2005) winning critical acclaim and broad festival play. Actor Lee Byung-hun, who starred in KIM's last two films, takes the lead, playing a secret agent who plans gruesome revenge on a vicious serial killer, played by Choi Min-sik.
"The Housemaid - 2010", an erotic-thriller, is a remake of the 1960 Kim Ki-young classic "The Housemaid - 1960". The 2010 version had its world premiere in competition at Cannes and stars former Cannes Best Actress winner Jeon Do-yeon. TIFF officials explained that "The Housemaid - 2010" takes a satirical look on class structure, comparing the picture to La Ceremonie by famed French director Claude Chabrol. Korean production company and sales agent Mirovision recently signed a deal with IFC for multi-platform distribution in North America.
Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC)

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