81. Kim Ji-Woon
A TALE OF TWO SISTERS, THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD, I SAW THE DEVIL
Forever on the verge of exploding stateside, Kim Ji-Woon has made some fascinating takes on American tropes in the process. In The Good, the Bad, the Weird, he took the western and completely upended it, loading it with bravura action sequences that would make any blockbuster filmmaker stateside fear for their job, and on a fraction of the budget. I Saw the Devil was a similar take on the serial killer picture, until it became a revenge film; never letting up on the suspense, just making us question who we’re supposed to fear. His form, which could only be called exacting, goes beyond being striking while stopping short of painterly. As “movie-movie” as his films can be, they always seem just on the edge of actually happening somewhere, as though all of our fantasies and fears could suddenly come true.
See the full list HERE.