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Jang Cheol-soo is called “the best find of 2010” with just one film, "Bedevilled". The movie generated a buzz at the 63rd Cannes International Film Festival’s non-official
International Critics' Week competition, and subsequently won applause from both the audience and critics when it was release in Korea. The movie’s leading actress, Seo Yeong-hee, who had often appeared in many thrillers and historical dramas on TV in roles that face undeserving death, took matters in her own hands and waves a sickle around to avenge the abuses committed against to her in "Bedevilled". Considering the social and cinematic context of this movie, it can be said thatSeo Yeong-hee was in a ritual of redressing the grievances of all the female victims who crumbled helplessly to their demise in a plethora of male-oriented thriller flicks. Jang Cheol-soo worked on KIM Ki-duk’s "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... And Spring" and "Samaria" as an assistant director.

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