I've been picking my brain raw in consideration of a review on Kim Ji-woon's latest effort in the form of vigilante nihilism. Every social construct or approved branch of justice is at its mercy in I Saw the Devil. The characters understand the game at hand so flawlessly that mistakes and repercussions are merely shrugged off as the witty cat-and-mouse exploits have created a form of rivalry so potent that agony itself is suppressed from both of the leading men. The scale of inert mayhem reaches the point of becoming a staggering rendition of what The Chaser could have been had rape and brutal violence been introduced to the mix. Not to inhibit The Chaser's universal appeal to even those who aren't wary of the wonders of foreign cinema, but I Saw the Devil has more things going for it and maintains a steady pace at all time with The Chaser. In the end, both of these films seem to be likely companion pieces to each other, leaving I Saw the Devil with administrative rights over The Chaser's toned foundation. Too bad I Saw the Devil didn't introduce yet another anti-social butterfly to weed out the whores and scum - children or not.