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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…
How misleading. The Chaser is no revenge thriller. It's police procedural. I've went in with wrong expectations, so things kind of dragged for me. They were sitting around smoking and chilling when I was anticipating for some hammer action, guess it's my fault for stereotyping. Still, surprises are always welcomed. I'm glad to say that The Chaser is one of the better surprises. Think Memories of Murder meet Se7en, Silence of the Lambs meet, uh, Oldboy.
Desperation, violence, torture, they're there. A sick, insane antagonist? Yup. Thinking about Ha Jung Woo's twisted smirk still makes my hair stand on end. Only thing missing is Choi Min Sik, any film's two times better with Choi Min fucking Sik.
I sounded like…
Taking a quick peek at the stars afforded this Korean revenge thriller by my friends here, I have a feeling my take isn’t going to be too popular.
I don’t have an issue with ultraviolence. I love Kim Ki-duc’s work, especially Moebius, and Kubrick’s ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ and Tarantino’s ‘Stuck in the Middle with You’ are amongst my favourite cinematic moments. I certainly don’t have issue with the typical Korean revenge film; in fact I can’t think of a single one I haven’t loved. It can’t be that it was about saving a little girl, like The Man From Nowhere, because I loved that one too.
No, I think it’s because this film has less in common with all…
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.
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, no film industry around the world has done even half as impressive a job as Cinema of South Korea has since the dawn of this new millennium. Inspired from a real-life Korean serial killer case file, The Chaser tells the story of an ex-detective turned pimp whose girls have been disappearing lately without clearing their debts, leading to financial losses in his business. While tracking back, he finds out that all girls had vanished after meeting the same client whom one of his girls is meeting right now & decides to find him before it's too late, not knowing that the client he is dealing with is a sadistic psychopath.
For a film that presents such…
that was one long and insufferable two-hour chase.
"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 disappears, a…
El cabeza de carne, los cigarros Dunhill.
bakit ko 'to pinanood lalo lang ako na-stress sa buhay ko!!!!!
I came to this movie with high hopes, having just watched and loved Memories of Murder. The two films seemed to have so much in common:
- Korean thrillers -- check
- rough and tumble cops who bend the rules to get their man -- check
- insane serial-killer terrorizing a small community -- check
But the resemblance, sadly, was only superficial. The Chaser isn't half the movie Memories of Murder is.
The Chaser is full of fight scenes and, yes, chase scenes. They're all unduly long and quickly become repetitive and boring. They don't add anything to the movie or reveal anything about the characters. They're just visual junk food.
The characters in the Chaser are equally hollow. They…
O Fracasso das Instituições ou Os Homens Odeiam as Mulheres: qualquer um desses poderia ser o nome desse ótimo thriller sul-coreano. As instituições aqui se mostram muito mais preocupadas com sua reputação do que com as vidas que teoricamente deviam proteger. Assim, o caso central da trama ganha atenção no início por ser um bom modo de mudar o foco da imprensa sobre o prefeito que recebeu merda na cara de um manifestante; preocupação essa que continua no final, fazendo um promotor impor sua autoridade contra o cuidado e a cautela que o caso demandava. Mas o melhor mesmo do filme se concentra no ex-policial-agora-cafetão, belamente interpretado por Kim Yun-Seok. Ele consegue passar essa imagem de um homem multifacetado, passando…
Anyone with a fondness for harder-edged, tough, dark thrillers should certainly track this one down
Итак, мой второй фильм На Хонг-Джина, на этот раз криминальный триллер без всякой мистики. Как я уже упоминал в моей заметке на "Стенания", главное что удается этому режиссеру - придание человечности, "натуральности" своим персонажам. И это проявляется не только в том как правдоподобно играют и взаимодействуют друг с другом актеры. Они выбиваются из сил после длительной погони, они дерутся каждый раз как в последний, используя любые подручные средства, любую возможность взять верх над противником. Из-за этого корейские триллеры настолько хороши по части нагнетания. В них нет супергероев, только обычные люди, и неважно хороший ты или плохой - тебя одинаково легко ранить. А значит и за героев фильма ты будешь переживать на протяжении всего хронометража, не зная что их может поджидать…
Preparing for THE WAILING.
20 of my favorite movies from the 2000s (00-09)
Ranked in some kind of order
Because 20 is a little…
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