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Bedevilled [DVD]

Min-Ho Hwang , Min Je , Jang Cheol-So    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Min-Ho Hwang, Min Je, Lee Ji-Eun-I, Jeong-Hak Park, Yeong-Hie Seo
  • Directors: Jang Cheol-So
  • Producers: Park Kuy-Young
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Feb 2011
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004EMS0FW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,465 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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When beautiful Hae-Won is forced to take a vacation she finds herself drawn to the island of Moodo, where she once spent an idyllic childhood holiday. On arrival she’s reunited with her old friend Bok-Nam. Hae-Won soon realises that life on the island is far removed from the paradise that she remembers. Amidst the beautiful landscape and breathtaking scenery a vile and spiteful society has been allowed to co-exist. The hapless Bok-Nam is ritually abused by the male population and completely exploited by her female elders. When an attempt to escape results in the death of a loved one, Bok-Nam decides to take things into her own hands. With nothing left to live for and nothing left to lose, Bok Nam’s reign of gruesome, blood drenched revenge begins.

Powerful, poignant and extremely unsettling, Bedevilled is one of the most shocking and disturbing films from Korea since the notorious Old Boy, an experience you'll never forget.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Korean ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind the scenes, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Hae-won is a beautiful single woman in her thirties who works at a bank in the Seoul city. She leads a busy life until she becomes a witness to an attempted murder case, and at the same time, things get complicated at work. When things get out of hand she is forced to take a vacation so she heads for 'Moodo', a small undeveloped island, where she had once visited to see her grandparents. And where she had befriended a girl named Bok-nam who stills writes to Hae-won asking her to visit despite the fact that Hae-won never bothered to reply. Upon arriving at the island, Hae-won is shocked to see everyone treating Bok-nam like a slave. As practically the only young woman on the island, she is a plaything for all the men and a free laborer for the women. Sick of all the inhumane treatment, Bok-nam had tried to escape the island several times in the past but had failed each time. She begs Hae-won to help her escape the place, but Hae-won remains indifferent not wanting to be involved in complicated situations. When Bok-nam realizes that her own daughter will follow her footsteps, she tries to escape the island with her daughter. But her daughter gets killed in the process. And when she loses the only thing that had kept her going because of Hae-won's negligence, Bok-nam takes a sickle in her hand for revenge. ...Bedevilled (2010) ( Kim Bok-nam salinsageonui jeonmal ) ( Be Devil )

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Savagely Beautiful Revenge Horror Film 8 Sep 2014
Format:DVD
If you enjoyed movies like Old Boy, Frontiers, Martyrs, and Audition, I suspect that you'll probably be enthralled by this film. This is a gruesome and highly disturbing horror story, set on a remote paradise island, where the inhabitants have largely shunned any interaction with the outside world. Kim is a young woman, bullied and tormented by her family, both men and women. The abuse is sexual, physical and verbal, and it is unrelenting. The first hour or so of the movie is a microscopic examination of how Kim endures these abuses, for the most part she just puts on a brave face and gets on with her daily chores. However, she is only human, and the effects of the abuse are cumulative and become too much for her to bear. Consumed with anger and hatred for her tormentors, she turns into a violent killer and goes on a stunningly brutal rampage, the closing half hour of the film has to be seen to be believed. There is no doubting that this film is profoundly sad, bleak and cruelly depressing, but it certainly works as a horror. The cinematography is beautiful, how could it not be when the film is set on a tropical island paradise. The acting is superb, without exception, and the direction is muscular and scalpel sharp. As soon as I viewed this on LoveFilm, I bought the DVD, and then viewed it again with my partner. She too was stunned into silence. If you like horror films, you have to wade through so much tripe before discovering a gem. This film, just like Old Boy, Frontiers, Martyrs, and Audition, is a gem of the horror genre, one which deserves the widest possible audience.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed Old Boy? You'll enjoy this. 3 Mar 2011
Format:DVD
Bedevilled was one of the films that I didn't have time to fit in at last year's Frightfest but with its release on DVD this week I made good on a second chance.

While American horror and thrillers tend to languish in remakes and torture porn, it's great to see Korean filmmakers still finding ways to tell engaging and thought-provoking horror stories, as is the case with Bedevilled.

Bedevilled tells the story of city girl Hae-Won who, after an altercation at work, heads on vacation to an island to meet estranged childhood friend Bok-Nam.

It's here that Hae-Won witnesses the pressure cooker that Bok-Nam calls life. Bok-Nam is belittled by the village elders, abused by her cheating husband and forced to work on the farm.

Director Jang Cheol-Su notches up the tension slowly and brutally as we experience Bok-Nam's abuse on a daily basis.

Unlike I Spit On Your Grave or Last House on the Left, the brutality here isn't confined to a single incident; Bok-Nam's pain starts with sunrise and doesn't end at sunset. The pain is constant and sharp.

The beatings are tough to watch, but what makes them tougher is the sense of normalcy that the villagers have to witnessing them.

What's more, Hae-Won's apathetic "see no evil, hear no evil response" to her friend's situation implicates her as much as Bok-Nam's torturers.

Hae-Won isn't portrayed as vain or arrogant but rather as someone whose life in the city has allowed her to compartmentalise her friend as something less than human.

She's educated and privileged and yet she doesn't help her friend - a lazy form of evil.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film. 28 Feb 2011
Format:DVD
Bedevilled is a Korean film written and directed by Cheol-so Jang. Even though I saw it at Grimmfest, I wouldn't class it as a horror film, despite its particularly violent ending. It treads more in the realm of a dark drama, with things progressing slowly as we look into the characters lives and watch things steadily unfold over the two hour running time.

The story itself follows Hae Won, a high strung, frigid and callous financial worker living in Seoul. This makes her an unlikeable character from the off (she is one of those people you'd describe as "that b***h from work") and things take a turn for the worse as stress gets the better of her and she's forced to take a vacation. She decides to finally visit her old childhood friend who she has been avoiding that lives on a small rural island called Moo-do. It is here we meet Bok Nam who has spent her whole life living with the nine residents of the island. She's an interesting character, a simple and pleasant person that doesn't want to face her problems but is constantly having to deal with them everyday.

Bok Nams problems are no small feat though because when Hae Won visits her friend, she gets to see the harsh treatment Bok Nam endures at the hands of the other inhabitants, and the pain she's had to hold in for so long.

The other characters, sadly, lack any kind of depth, with the small island community being incredibly despicable and hateful people. The men give off an air of sexual menace and all the old women natter and bicker about needing strong men around to do the work and rarely show compassion in the hardest of times.

The film is shot wonderfully, capturing the natural beauty of the island in contrast to its smalll community.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Unfortunate Plight of Women
I don't know where to start with this film. You start where the film starts, following a young career woman, Hae-won, in Seoul, South Korea. Read more
Published 6 months ago by A. Webb
4.0 out of 5 stars Intensely engaging, revenge type horror I think
Korean film in a backward community where one woman is treated like a slave. Only watched it because it's instant online but was pleased to find that it is pretty engaging film. Read more
Published 6 months ago by A. Mcfadyean
3.0 out of 5 stars Consequences
The story of two girls, who grew up together on an island. One was raped by the local boys, while the other watched; was beaten, while the other watched; saw her daughter, the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by I. A. Wright
4.0 out of 5 stars Apathy is not the answer
The bystander effect: choosing to do nothing when someone you can help is clearly suffering - a thing that, sadly, most will do out of fear for their own safety. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Inspector Gadget
5.0 out of 5 stars Island of the damned.
Hae-won is a single woman in her early thirties working in a bank in Seoul, the stress of the job combined with the fact she recently witnessed a crime has left her on the verge of... Read more
Published 12 months ago by West25
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth your time -- if you're not in a hurry
Okay, so I thought this was going to be a horror film. My mistake. On the other hand it's difficult to know what it is. Read more
Published 17 months ago by oldbillie
4.0 out of 5 stars the sun spoke to her
typical story of an exploited and abused individual who finally snaps and unleashes devastating revenge. Read more
Published on 25 May 2012 by N. Chandran
3.0 out of 5 stars Dehumanisation story that will divide opinion
Remember when horror was about scaring us, making us jump, and we liked it. How quaint. The moral of this thoroughly depressing but cathartic Korean film is, keep your friends... Read more
Published on 8 Feb 2012 by Philoctetes
3.0 out of 5 stars Another Korean Revenge Flick (maybe spoilers)
Just in summary, here is a list of Korean films I have seen and really like:
- Memories of Murder
- The Host
- The Nowhere Man (awesome)
- The Guard Post... Read more
Published on 13 Jan 2012 by Michael Oberhardt
1.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE OF THIS VERSION
This is the much shortened version of the acclaimed film It runs less than 2 hours. The original version ran for 130 minutes.Best to buy it directly from Asia.
Published on 6 Nov 2011 by Peter M
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