I'm in love with Korean cinema, especially "the new wave" of films starting at the turn of the millennium. These…
Joong-ho is a dirty detective turned pimp in financial trouble as several of his girls have recently disappeared without clearing their debts. While trying to track them down, he finds a clue that the vanished girls were all called up by a same client whom one of his girls is meeting with right now.
The experience of watching this movie is akin to having your emotions scraped out with an ice cream scoop. The movie ended and I just sat there feeling empty and helpless, realizing that so many things are unfair and unjust and bad things happen to good people and bureaucracy is always about the power and never about the people.
Current Korean cinema knows how to do revenge thrillers, and they're quite adept at showing the incompetence of the justice system, but what really elevated this movie was the humor. It makes watching the film bearable, indeed it makes it so painfully human. For a film called The Chaser, the chase scenes in here are not at all your typical slick…
South Korea, 2008.
Another day, another interesting addition to the 30 Countries Challenge. Another day, another interesting addition to the South Korean Revenge Thriller sub genre.
I swear. Koreans just know how to do something magical with movies like these. Puerto Ricans are good at baseball, Ireland makes good beer and South Korea knows how to make batshit insane crime dramas.
The Chaser has got every winning ingredient to make that special sizzling dish of Korean Revenge. It's got grisly violence when necessary, crazy characters, tense chasing and fighting scenes, cool urban style and unbelievable coincidences. It may not be as stylish as Oldboy or as off the wall…
Whew, that was a rough watch. I can't say I "enjoyed" it as that's not the right word to describe the experience, but it is damn good. The Chaser keeps you glued to the screen praying that everything will turn out for the best while simultaneously questioning your faith in both humanity and the legal system.
This film has everything you expect from a Korean thriller, including the mandatory gratuitous hammer violence, but tugs at the heartstrings a little harder than most. Yun-seok Kim shines in the lead role as does Jung-woo Ha as one of the most detestable and downright unrelatable villains that I've seen in a while.
All in all, The Chaser is good stuff and well worth your time.
When it comes to thrillers, there are no better filmmakers than the south-koreans. This one is another breathtaking film coming from the country that if famous for having films that stick the viewers to the chairs from the beginning to the end. In the hands of another director, The Chaser could easily fall into its genre's hollywoodesque clichés, yet, Hong-jin Na created this breathtaking and unpredictable thriller. It easily is one of the best cop thrillers of the last decade.
The first thing that struck me about THE CHASER was how much I loved Song Kang-Ho as an actor. Sometimes the acting style in Asian cinema can be unnecessarily exaggerated or unbelievable, but this guy is so natural and likable (even as a "guardian"), and had me immediately invested in his struggle. The second thing that struck me was that I had the wrong guy. This guy was not from THIRST or MR VENGEANCE... this guy's name is Kim Yoon-seok and I've never seen him before. But I think the important thing is that he is awesome, and the next movie I seek out from South Korea will be THE YELLOW SEA. Oops.
OK, next thing: I love the choice…
This is the best thriller I have ever seen. Period.
What a fucking monster.
Starts to drag a little in the middle, but overall a great thriller.
10/10: Brilliant film-making! This is how a thriller should be made! Intense, edge-of-your seat stuff! You will not want to leave your seat until it ends! Must watch!
This is dark and really gritty. But holy shit is it filmed amazingly.
The Chaser (2008) film thoughts... Been hearing about this film from South Korea for a long while now and finally was able to check it out. An ex-police detective (with a very tiny heart of gold) turns to being a pimp for money and some of his girls haven been going missing. After a short investigation, he narrows it down to one guy who very early on is revealed to be a serial killer (not a spoiler). Problem is nobody really believes him or the killer and that sets the tone for the entire film...
The Chaser is a very well done, well paced and shot film. You really are stunned by the bumbling and corruption of the police presented…
Relentless grim. So fresh because it has no sense of appeasing the audience.
பார்த்ததில் மிகவும் ரசித்தது : 009.
2008 – இல் வெளிவந்த மிக சிறந்த KOREAN திரைப்படம்.
சாதரணமாகவே ரத்தம் தெறிக்கும் கதை சொல்லிகளான கொரியன் திரைபடகளில் இது மாறுபட்டதல்ல ஆனால் ஒரு SERIAL KILLER கதையில் குறைந்த ரத்தமே காட்டப்பட்டது மிக பெரிய ஆறுதல்.
சமீபமாக தன்னிடம் உள்ள பெண்கள் (call girls) காணாமல் போகும் காரணத்தை தேடும் AGENT ஆனால் சிறு விரசமும் இன்றி கதை நகரும் போக்கு மேலும் அட்டகாசமான திரைக்கதை மேலும் ஒரு சிறு குழந்தையினுடே கதை நகரும் விதம் என இந்த திரைப்படம் நிச்சயம் ஒரு சுகானுபவம்.
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பார்த்தவர்கள் கண்டிப்பாக தங்கள் நண்பர்களுக்கு ஷேர் செய்யவும் பார்க்காத நண்பர்களும். (wait for ur commends friends)
Ha Jong-woo has chosen some great roles.
Good acting; incompetent authority
Jeez. I really need to watch a comedy.
This movie was disturbing, this movie was exhausting, this movie was bloody, this movie was great.
Not for the faint of heart, or people who are rattled easily emotionally. This one's about as bleak as they come.
This film reminded me a whole lot of another movie to come out of South Korea in the late 00's, I Saw the Devil. A cop/ex-cop hell-bent on solving a murder case because of a strong emotional investment. Crime thrillers like these are coming out of that country at a crazy rate, and it seems like every one I see is just as good as the last.
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