movie review: kill bill vs i saw the devil

If I were asked to name a movie that describes my life, I'll say it's Kill Bill, because my life is full of action, violence and brutality. OK not really. I just couldn't think of a better intro. Anyway Kill Bill (referring to Volume 1 and 2) is my favorite movie ever since I first saw it back in college. It made me a Quentin Tarantino fan. I think I may have watched it more than a dozen times. So I consider myself an authority when it comes to Kill Bill. OK not really.

This movie has only one goal: to kill Bill. There is no playing around with the title. The Bride exacts revenge on his ex-workmates, to put it simply. Eventually she does get to kill Bill... and 500 others.



Just recently, I was browsing this list and I came across a Korean film called I Saw The Devil. The title is misleading, there's no actual "devil" or supernatural entity whatsoever, and I am not really a big fan of Korean movies/series, but I decided to give this film a try.

This movie is about a guy whose girlfriend was murdered by a serial killer/rapist. He hunts the killer down to avenge her death... again and again and again.


Both Kill Bill and I Saw The Devil focus on one main theme: revenge. Both are heavy on bloodshed and death. Both are not far from being torture porn. But the similarities don't end there. Being a Kill Bill obsessed fan, I noticed many other similarities with I Saw The Devil which may or may not be simple coincidences.

#1. The movies start with the villain killing a pregnant woman.




Bill shoots The Bride and leaves her for dead. He botches the job. Too bad for him.

Kyung-chul chops up Joo-yun and sells her "meat" to a cannibal. He does a good job at it. Too bad for him.

#2. The main character makes a hitlist.




The Bride's hitlist consists of her co-members in the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, led by Bill. She knows them and she decides to kill them all.

Soo-hyun's hitlist consists of suspects. All of them are just potential killers. He is not sure. It's trial and error. Still, he goes through the list until he gets the right guy.

#3. These scenes in the snow.




The Bride scalps O-ren Ishii who then falls in the snow.

Kyung-chul drags the unconscious Joo-yun.

Both scenes were beautifully shot, it's definitely hard to miss.

#4. Rape in a hospital/clinic.




While The Bride lies in a coma, she is repeatedly raped by a hospital staff.

Kyung-chul rapes a nurse in a clinic.

And immediately following these rape scenes are these scenes:

#5. Cutting this part of the body:




The Bride slashes the rapist's foot (right above the ankle).

Soo-hyun stabs that exact same body part.

I don't know what this body part is called but it's one part of my body I will keep away from sharp objects.

#6. Yellow vehicle.




The Bride steals the rapists yellow "Pussy Wagon" and drives around in it. (If you're into Lady Gaga, you may have seen this car in the music video for Telephone).

Kyung-chul drives a yellow school service van.

#7. Decapitation.




The Bride basically dismembers and beheads a lot of people that I almost thought this movie is a bloodletting project. One of the prominent beheading scenes is that of O-ren Ishii who decides to separate an annoying Yakuza's head from his body.

Kyung-chul severs his victims limbs and heads before transporting them to his cannibal friend (who eats them raw). Eventually he gets his head chopped off under his own guillotine by no less than his own family.

BONUS: If you're a Quentin Tarantino fan, you know that one of his recurring themes in his movies is the "trunk shot" where the camera shows someone looking down (from the point of view of someone lying from inside a car trunk).




Is this a coincidence or an homage?

Who cares. I love both films. Did you watch them? Did you see any other similarities I missed? Got any film suggestions?

OF COURSE I don't own any of the pictures. I got them from... somewhere. Basta. OK thanks byebye.

37 comments. Post your comment here.:

John Michael Bueno said...

Shet... you like kill bill din? kindred spirits

Mar Unplog said...

Peyborit ko din yang Kill Bill! Panoorin ko nga yang I Saw the Devil

Cgehawakanmo said...

Galing sa Inglis review! Wagas!

Baronesa Gaysler said...

I have yet to see I saw the devil...I'm a big fan of Tarantino since Gore, Brutality and Vulgarity are Tarantino's signature ingredient on his films not to mention the superb dialogue and screen plays and based from the screenshots it seemed that this film is worth watching hopefully it would fare well on Kill Bill and the likes ...

gillboard said...

sa lahat ng pelikula ni tarantino, ang kill bill volume 1 lang ang hindi ko pa napapanuod ng buo.

khantotantra said...

di ko pa napapanood ang dalawang films na nabanggit sa movie review mo.

ang memorable sa akin sa kill bill ay yung whistle thingy... ang cool pakinggan

KULAPITOT said...

Papanuorin ko muna yung i saw the devil , ung director inspired ung movie siguro sa kill bill hihihi

Nomad said...

Oh my god!

Lash Sher said...

Good job in making contrasts on both films. Haven't watched the latter and I do not think I will be anytime soon, just 'cause! I am a big KILL BILL fan too! Like SUPER BIG!

Anonymous said...

review mo din yung Django Unchained ;)

Anonymous said...

yung villain sa pelikulang ito yan yung bida sa old boy. Mahilig yata ang mga korean sa mga pelikulang revenge ang tema. Kung gaano ka sweet at kadrama yung teleserye nila sobrang bayolente naman mga pelikula nila. Hindi sila takot sa dugo.

fiel-kun said...

Paaakkk... ang dami nga nilang similarities lol

Pero peyborit ko pa din jan ang Kill Bill. Grabe, bloody hell~

gord said...

Dl na ng I Saw the Devil! Tignan ko kung alin ang mas maganda sa dalawa.

Ms. Leeh said...

wew. . sa mga movies ang ganito yata ang mga pinaka ayoko.. hindi ko na kasi kayang tignan pa ang mga brutal na patayang magaganap.. parang bumabaliktad ang tiyan ko.. pero siguro nga mganda ang movie na yan.. gaganda ng pics eh .. hihi .. :)

gasolinedude said...

I'm impressed! Parang Roger Ebert lang. LOL

MORE REVIEWS!

Superjaid said...

Halos di ko matingnan yung mga picture bumabaliktad ang sikmira ko hahaha ako maarte pero nakakaloka lang ang english review kanosebleed! Hahaha nicey.

Zezil said...

Have seen the Korean film but not Kill Bill. The "baboy scenes" replayed in my mind for a week! ERASE! ERASE! ERASE!

Anywho, this is off-genre but try Life is Beautiful. About holocaust. (Sounds boring, try it, it's not!)

You have eyeS for details man! Galing! :D

Bulingit said...

gusto ko yung kill bill dahil sa katana, lahat ng mga movies na may katana ay gusto ko, :D

Senyor Iskwater said...

Galing! May similarities pala... Super bloody sila.. As in... I love I Saw The Devil better...

-mark- said...

HELLO!!!!!!!! NGAYON LANG AKO NAPADAAN ULIT DITO MOVIE REVIEW PA. AT DUGO DUGO PA.. ASAR..AYAW KO NG DUGO HAHA PUTANG INA. KILL BILL AKO DAHIL AYAW KO NG ASIAN PATAYPATAY MOVIE. TAKIP MATA.. LELS

Kamilkshake said...

isang dahilan bakit di ko pinanuod ang kill bill dahil madugo.. wala lang..walang kwenta naman talaga comment ko.. sana di na nag comment.. pero nagtataype na ko..so might as well say something significant kuno..

uhm.

Anonymous said...

i love both movies, these kind of movies i cant resist to watch,
the most talked about korean movie by the critics,
hope you can watch this.

1. OLD BOY

thecure

Allen said...

para ko na ding pinanood yung movie sa blog post mo. okay, i saved $12. hahahahahahaha!

Emie GC said...

i agree. nice set of eyes ha. very very keen. i have seen both films and I just enjoyed them. :)

Anonymous said...

Puro gaya lang naman ang alam ng mga kimchiyano,

Marjorie G said...

I haven't seen I saw the devil so I really can't tell for sure. But you sure made your points. There are many similarities indeed.

June | Life and Spices said...

Di ko pa napapanood both movies pero may idea ako about Kill Bill,anyways galing mo pumuna ha. This comparison makes me interested in watching Kill Bill.

Marjonel Acedera said...

Anakng. Paborito ko rin 'tong Kill Bill, Kuya Glentot. Lalo na yung inislice ni The Bride yung ulo ni O-ren Ishii at kitang-kita yung utak. Osheeeeet. Instant sisig.

k0tz said...

wow! ang observant talaga!!!

chilaxjukebox said...

mukang may papanoorin na ako sa weekend..hehehe.. ung girl dun sa isang picture sa i saw the devil kamuka ni jang geum...hahaha...

bagotilyo said...

gusto ko panoorin yung kill bill!

Pero parang ayoko du nsa decapitation part.

Medyo nakakawala ng gana kumain. hahaha

runmdrun said...

Believe it or now, I haven't seen Kill Bill... I know, coz in my family, violence was never encouraged. My mom raised me well. Pero charot lang yun. I'm downloading both movies as I type. Ikaw ang mananagot kapag hindi ko nagustuhan. hahaha

TheRealMeganFox said...

Sinungaling! Alam nating lahat na Glitter ang favorite movie mo! I mean, next to Crossroads of course!

And that slitting of that part of the uhmmmm foot? I've seen it once, sa House of Wax yata yun.

But who cares? It was a "waste of time" movie.

reigun decena said...

Tarantino fan din ako! (More blood and gore equals intelligence and alta sociedad status!)

Pero masasabi ko sa kpop film na yan e Ripoff! (Pero kung nauna yan sa Kill Bill, eh homage ni Quentin yan!)

Aminado naman si QT na fan sya ng Jap/Chinese/Asian action films kaya maraming similarities.

Dapat gayahin naman nya sila Leon Guerrero.

Gabeebees said...

hello~
that part of above the heel is the achilles heel. it's a tendon i think that enables us to stand. if that breaks we're doomed. haha

ayun lang~

congrats po sa book!! excited na ako sa book launch :)

Jemaima Robles said...

hmmm..i was supposed to eat until i see this post on bloodletting. LOL. ok busog pala ko.

♥☆ Yaney ♥☆ said...

I watched this film yesterday even without the subtitles! LOL. This film was graphically awesome! Ang astig ng cinematography and musical scoring. In fer, kahit hindi ko naiintindihan ang dialogues, maganda ang execution ng scenes. I love the goriness of this film. :)

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