Korea's 'Devil' in the details for ARP

Thriller stars Choi Min-shik, and Lee Byung-hun

SEOUL -- Kim Ji-woon's "I Saw the Devil," a hard-boiled thriller starring a pair of top Korean actors -- Choi Min-shik ("Oldboy") and Lee Byung-hun ("G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra") -- was picked up by France's ARP in a presale at Cannes on Thursday, according to Seoul-based sales outfit Finecut.

ARP bought the director's previous "kimchi Western" "The Good, the Bad, the Weird" at Cannes in 2007 for a wide release in France and other Asian arthouse films including Wong Kar-wai's "Happy Together."

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"Kim has a unique style for variation of genres including comedy, horror and film noir," ARP chief Michele Halberstadt said. "'The Good, the Bad, the Weird' was an unseen Western film. We expect that his new thriller will show something new."

Kim's promo film screened in Cannes on Friday and will screen again Sunday. "I Saw the Devil" is the story of a man chasing a psychopath who murdered his fiancee. The film will be released in Korea in the summer.
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