October 9, 2011
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.
Written by Fine Cut
We won’t bore you with details that you’ve just read in the synopsis, but what we will say is that this film is worthy of an Oscar (or two).
I’m a fan of horror film, both Western and Eastern, and Bedevilled has gotta’ be one of the best psycho horror films that has come out of Korea since Old Boy. What makes the film that amazing is the oscar worthy performances by the cast, especially Yeong-hie Seo who plays Kim Bok-Nam, the girl that was stuck on the remote island off Seoul and was subject to physical and sexual abuse.
Being his first feature film debut, I have to say director Cheol-soo Jang has done an exceptional job in evoking fear, injecting a sense of betrayal, and over everything else, making it so believable. Even after the movie ended, I could still feel a sense of injustice and betrayal by Hae-Woon (played by Seong-Won Ji), who is Kim Bok-Nam’s best friend.
A lot of psycho movies play on sound effects and editing to make it look and seem scary, but what I really appreciate about Bedevilled is the fact that director Cheol-soo Jang, made it as realistic as possible using simple camera shots, minimal sound effects and maximizing each characters twisted “sense of reality” (especially the people on the island). Makes it so much more believable too.
It might sound like a simple story about friendship and betrayal, but once you sink you teeth into it, it’ll get you thinking about the reality we live in. It’s so twisted!
Cop your copy of Bedevilled at Madman now.
Fat Kids Rating 9/10
Words by Benny Teh
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