You know Fantastic Fest is really underway when one of the secret screenings has already happened.Â There are always several peppered throughout the schedule, and the one on Friday night turned out to be the new Korean film "IÂ Saw The Devil," which I had picked as one of my three favorite films from this year's Toronto International FilmÂ Festival.Â I'm thrilled it played here, because it means I get to talk about the film with all my friends now, and I'm eager for that conversation to also include the general viewing public as soon as possible.
If you are a serial killer, can I offer a little advice?
Based on the evidence of the remarkable "I Saw The Devil," I would say it is a good rule of thumb that you should not brutally murder the fiance of a top secret agent for South Korea, because if you do, he is going to make you suffer.Â And suffer.Â And suffer.
And then Kim Ji-Woon will make a movie about it, and it will be awesome.
That's because everything Kim Ji-Woon makes seems to be awesome.Â I didn't realize it at first, because his films have never been the "OMG, stop the presses!" moments of their respective years, but have instead just been consistently great.Â "A Tale Of Two Sisters" is a meticulously built horror film, where what you aren't told is just as important as what you are told, a brain-bender more than a gross-out.Â "A Bittersweet Life" seems at first glance to be a John Woo style story of men and honor and guns and the like, but he makes the genre feel brand new, like he invented it.Â And then "The Good The Bad And The Weird" seemed to be a reinvention of the filmmaker as a Spielberg-like purveyor of set-pieces and spectacle, a spaghetti western that could easily play to fans of giant Hollywood films like the "Pirates Of The Caribbean" movies.Â He seems to be capable of pretty much whatever he sets out to do.