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South Korean filmmaker brings diabolic tale to US

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South Korean director Kim Ji-woon says his latest film, “I saw the Devil,” is a study in evil he hopes will strike a chord with US audiences as much as it did in his homeland.

About a man seeking violent revenge against a serial killer for slaying his pregnant girlfriend, the movie tells how, “to win over evil, the main character has to become evil himself,” he said.

“This is the first script I didn’t write myself,” said the 46-year-old, an established filmmaker in South Korea, on the eve of the film’s opening in the United States this weekend.

“There was not any specific news that drew me to this story, but there was a time where there were major serial killers in Korea,” he told AFP in Los Angeles.

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