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.

pbo - blog mo ipasuot mo

Kamakailan lang sumali ako uli sa isang outreach activity. Very recently as in... July 20. OK alam ko late na ako nag-post, bakit kasi inuna ko pa yung story ng pang-aaswang ni Iska sa pinsan ko at yung kababuyang post tungkol sa Google keywords...

A few months ago naging member ako ng PBO (Pinoy Bloggers Outreach) at nakasali ako sa mga outreach activities (Bahay ni Maria, Silid Aralan Inc). This time, ang PBO naman ang naimbitahan ng isa pang blogger outreach group, ang BMIM (Blog Mo, Ipasuot Mo) para makatulong sa isang activity.

Ang napiling beneficiary ay mga bata sa Barangay San Martin De Porres, ParaƱaque City. Isa sa mga goals ng BMIM ay makapagbigay ng mga T-shirts sa mga bata, but what makes this unique and interesting to bloggers is a blogger can donate and promote his/her blog at the same time, dahil pwedeng ipa-print sa mismong T-Shirt ang iyong URL.



Matapos ang panggabi kong shift sa trabaho, nagkita-kita ako, si Senyor Iskwater and the pretty Marge (pic above) last July 20 Saturday morning para i-meet ang mga organizers ng event. Medyo marami kami, bloggers and non-bloggers alike, kaya medyo nahirapan ang punong-abala na pagsama-samahin kami para makapagpakilala sa isa't-isa.

Dahil malapit lang naman ang venue, nag-taxi kami nila Senyor Iskwater at Marge. I'm mentioning this only because on the way there, nilinlang kami ng Manong Taxi Driver.

"Kuya, alam n'yo yung Malugay Street?"

"Oo."

Sakay naman kami agad. Halfway sa biyahe, nagtanong si Kuya,

"Yun bang Malugay eh sa may etc etc etc" hindi ko na narinig yung ibang mga sinabi nya kasi nagmumura na ako sa utak ko like HALA PUKI KA MANONG SABI MO KANINA ALAM MO!

Nilabas bigla ni Marge ang kanyang iPhone sabay bukas ng app at type ng Malugay Street. Then she gave directions to the driver and suddenly, sabi ng app, "Destination Reached!!!". This portion is brought to you by Waze, available on iOS and Android for free.

So pagdating doon, agad naman kaming inasikaso ng isang barangay official at agad nag-set up ng mga chairs sa isang tahimik na street at tinipon ang mga bata.



Ang daming mga bata ang dumating, halos kinulang sa upuan. Sa pangunguna ng volunteers, nagkaroon ng storytelling at games. Ang bibibo ng mga bata pero hindi rin nagkulang sa kabibohan ang mga volunteers.



Except me. Mahiyain talaga ako in person. And I'm not great with kids. At dahil almost 24 hours na akong gising, nahirapan na mag-focus ang mga mata ko sa mga pangyayari. Dumudoble ang paningin ko. Tahimik lang ako sa isang tabi, nagmamasid-masid. Heto ako sa sulok. Literal na sulok.



Aminado naman ako na wala akong naitulong sa pagpapasaya sa mga bata. Hindi ako nakasali nung naglalaro na sila. Kaya talagang bilib ako sa mga volunteers na I'm sure pagot at puyat rin pero game na game makipagharutan sa mga kids.


After the games, the children were given a piece of paper each, where they were asked to draw what they want to be when they grow up. Yung isang papel na nabasa ko sabi nya "I want to be just like Glentot." Sabi? LOLjk.

Nagpamigay rin ang BMIM ng mga school supplies sa mga bata. Actually, mapapaisip siguro ang iba, mukha namang afford ng mga batang ito ang bags at school supplies. Well, hindi natin alam ang istorya ng kanilang buhay. May mga nakita akong mga bata doon na walang tsinelas, kaya naghihiraman sila. Sana mapadaan dito si Korina one time. So yun, ang mga school supplies, I'm sure may malaking naitulong sa mga bata.



Finally, syempre pinakain rin ang mga kids. Ayan kita nyo ba ang kasabikan sa kanilang mga mata? LOLjk it was a long morning at gutom na ang mga bata matapos ang mga activities nila.



So wrapping it up, I can say it was a success. I don't think there's a child there who went home saying Shet sayang ang Sabado ng umaga ko sana di na lang ako pumunta. The whole experience was educational and fun, not just for the kids but for the volunteers too. Oo kahit nasa sulok lang ako, nag-enjoy akong mapanood sila.



One of the joys of joining activities like this, maliban sa chance na makatulong kahit konti, ay makakilala ng ibang bloggers. Either mga blogs na nababasa mo na noon pa, or mga blogs na hindi mo pa nabasa dati. Sayang kasi hindi kami nagkaroon ng totoong chance na makapagpakilala sa isa't-isa at makapag-mingle na rin, dahil na rin sa dami ng activities na kailangang tapusin noong umagang iyon.


Nahiya naman akong mag-mingle on my own. Ayaw ko silang minglein baka ayaw pala nila magpa-mingle. Nahiya ako hihi. Tuloy, konti lang ang naka-minglean ko. At least kahit papano, nagka-minglean kami. Siguro kapag nakita ko sila uli next time, miminglein ko na talaga sila.

Sa mga nag-organize ng event, salamat sa pag-invite sa amin at pasensya na hindi ako nakatulong sa games, activities, kahit sa pag-distribute ng mga school supplies at ng pagkain. All the credits go to you and congrats sa event na ito.

To my fellow bloggers na nakilala ko that day, it was great meeting you. Hanggang sa muli!!!

To those interested to join BPO, just let me know! Kung gusto nyo rin sumali sa BMIM, please see the link below. If you want to donate and have your URL printed on a shirt, go!

So if your blog URL is something like "pinaycumswallower.blogspot.com" or "pakantot.ph" you will have to reconsider printing, dahil bata ang magsusuot. OK?


Photo Sources:
Blog Mo Ipasuot Mo Facebook Page
Marge Gavan

(In case you're wondering, I did not have my blog link printed on the shirt I donated because of my blog's naughty content. Wow naughty lang?)
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