ARP sees Kim's 'Devil' at Cannes

French company picks up thriller from top Korean director

SEOUL – Kim Ji-woon’s “I Saw the Devil,” a hard-boiled thriller starring top Korean actors Choi Min-shik (“OldBoy”) and Lee Byung-hun (“GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra”), was picked by France’s ARP in a presale at Cannes Thursday, according to a Seoul-based sales company 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 along with other Asian arthouse films, including Wong Kar-wai’s “Happy Together.”

“Kim has a unique style for variation of genres including comedy, horror and film-noire,” said Michelle Halberstadt, the head of ARP. "'The Good, The Bad, The Weird’ was an unseen western. We expect that his new thriller will show something new.”

Kim’s promo film will be screened in a theater in Cannes on May 14 and 16. “I Saw The Devil” is the story of a man chasing a killer who murdered his fiancée. The film will be released in Korea this summer.