Bedevilled (2009)

| September 29, 2012

Yeong-hie Seo (The Chaser) and Seong-won Ji (Harmony) star in Director Chul-soo Jang chilling first feature Bedevilled, debuting on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital October 9th from Well Go USA Entertainment.  When her pleas for help are ignored and cause her daughter’s death, a woman seeks revenge on the person she blames.  Bedevilled won the Audience Award for “Best Film” and Seo Yeong-hee was named “Best Actress” at Austin’s 2010 Fantastic Fest. In addition, the film was awarded the Grand Prize as Best Film at the 2011 Gérardmer Film Festival and Yeong-hie Seo won “Best Actress” at the 2011 Fantasporto International Fantasy Film Award.

Hae-won is a gorgeous woman who has left the backwards folks on her small island to work in the big city of Seoul. Also quite intelligent and ambitious, she has found modest success working at a bank. But a simple mistake causes her supervisor to send her on a week’s forced vacation to the strange and beautiful island where she grew up. There, Hae-won renews her friendship with Bok-nam, a pretty  but simple girl who was her closest friend on the sparse island growing up. Within a day Hae-won is  shocked to find out her friend is treated like a slave by locals, even shared sexually by her husband, and has made previous attempts to escape the island. These simple-minded, working class men are even more intrigued by Hae-won’s beauty, and she senses the threat in these men but is helpless to do anything about it.

Sick of all the inhumane treatment by others, Bok-nam tries to escape the island with her daughter, but her daughter gets killed in the process. When she loses the only thing that had kept her going, Bok-nam takes after the local idiots who hurt her with sickle in hand, bent upon getting revenge at any cost.

Bedevilled is a darkly mesmerizing film which successfully exploits the plight of women in male-dominated cultures. But give it a chance, in spite of some gut-wrenching violence, because this film shares much in common with Park Chan-wook’s classic Lady Vengeance, and like that film, the viewer comes away with a sense of something greater at work here.

Special Features on the Blu-Ray and DVD include a behind the scenes featurette and the film’s official trailer. Bedevilled hits stores on October 9th.

About the Author:

Del Harvey is a co-founder of Film Monthly. He is an independent filmmaker, film director, screenwriter, and film teacher, currently living in Chicago.

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