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…
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.
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.
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.
"The Chaser" is a exceptional example of Korean cinema at it's finest. Magnificent cinematography, odd twists of dark humor injected in the most unexpected moments, and the beautifully crafted and often visceral violence. Finally, "The Chaser" boasts a plot that twists and turns, presenting 'the third act' in 'the first act' of the film, offering a truly unique and engaging thriller unlike any you've ever seen.
The film is a police procedural with a difference: The hero is an ex-cop named Jung- ho (Kim Yoon-suk), now a pimp, and he is only interested in making a buck. He is angered because a client of his call-girl service has been, he believes, kidnapping his girls and selling them. When another girl…
An intense Korean thriller, The Chaser is both dark and brutal, and yet so highly cynical of the police force and politics that it's almost a satire. Honestly, I don't know the last film that managed to make me cringe from it's shocking brutality and then five minutes later have me laughing and snickering at the absurd portrayal of the police and their "systems". Not to say that the film's intention is to be a critique on South Korea's laws and justice system, for this is a crime thriller about a sadistic murderer of women. But the far too realistic incompetence of police and their outright stupidity, done in such an exaggerated and ridiculous fashion had me smiling despite the…
Brutal semi police procedural out of the booming contemporary Korean film scene. The film's odd structure and up and down pace helped give it a feeling of mystery about what would come next making the almost obvious plot elements feel jarring in the same way real crimes are felt by a community.
The Chaser has the appearance of complexity, but on closer inspection, writer/director Na Hong-jin just goes out of his way to hide the fact that the race-against-time plot could’ve been resolved in 15 minutes, instead of nearly 2 hours.
A lot of the lengthy running time is filled with irrationality, contrivances and implausible character stupidity, only some of which can be accepted as a commentary on the ineptitude and corruption of the police. Perhaps the most puzzling component of The Chaser is its lead character Eom Joong-ho (Kim Yoon-seok), a former detective turned pimp. He seems to fall on both sides of the law; receiving help from his former colleagues but only occasionally being apprehended for his unlawful crimes. You’ll…
Best top 3 thriller movie
This film does what Hollywood is afraid to do. [MILD SPOILERS AHEAD]
Whereas the crime films of Hollywood always have a sense of hope and optimism, The Chaser has a dense atmosphere of despair and misfortune. The characters initially are not characters we would typically empathise with, however during the course of the film and through some character development we begin to support the main protagonist. And during the course of events of this unfortunate night, as more twists are revealed we also begin to lose hope for the main character and the child that has joined his journey.
This film is all about ambiguity. The characters are morally ambiguous, there is no clear good and bad character. They are…
Breathing forbidden! The most intense and exciting film I ever watched. Edge of the seat through and through. Simply awesome.
Probably in my top 3 Korean movies ever, alongside Memories of Murder and Oldboy. It is excellent.
Tiene toda la intensidad, la garra y la agilidad que se le debería pedir a un thriller. Esta película tiene a su favor otra baza importante: que tira por los aires la estructura del género y un buen puñado de sus lugares comunes. Normalmente en los thrillers la persecución del bueno al malo se prolonga y se estira hasta que en el desenlace se produce el ansiado choque. Aquí ese choque se produce a la media hora y desde ahí la película adquiere un aire crítico contra la inoperancia de la polícia (y la justicia en general) a la vez que la carrera contrarreloj se reanuda, aunque de diferente manera. Y no desvelo nada más para no fastidiarle a nadie…
- A Bittersweet Life
- Memories of Murder
- Bleak Night
- Once Upon a Time in the West
- Assault on Precinct 13
- The Good, The Bad, The Weird
- Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
- Hard Boiled
I started with a top 10 list and decided what the hell lets see how far I can go. Top…
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Life Is Beautiful
- Dancer in the Dark
- Christiane F.
My six hundred favorite films (1940-2014); 618-652 are not ordered yet.