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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…
A pimp (Kim Yoon-seok) sets out to fuck up the asshole (Ha Jung-woo) who’s stealing his bitches and ends up as a desperate man trying to rescue an injured woman (Seo Young-hee) from a serial killer and recognizing his complicity in her situation.
This film does two things remarkably well. First, it makes the protagonist’s character arc believable and moving through action alone. Secondly, there are several plot twists that would seem to deflate the tension in the plot by removing the element of menace (I don’t want to give any spoilers, but an example is the killer’s confession to murder while in police custody fairly early in the film), but developments inevitably bend toward the film’s culminating tragedy. In an extraordinary debut, first-time writer / director Na Hong-jin presents fully realized characters in a gritty, messy modern-day Seoul. Like Quentin Tarantino in “Pulp Fiction,” he employs coincidence in a way that feels inevitable rather than contrived. An extraordinary film.
'The Chaser' had me immediately hooked with a scenario and a cast of personalities who are at once amusingly colourful and alluringly deep. Our hard-edged protagonist is an ex-detective turned pimp who is between a rock and a hard place when his girls start to go AWOL. In typical Korean fashion the story takes little time in arriving at some disturbing and harrowing scene that had me cringing and squirming in my chair. The remarkable thing about this film is that such scenes are few and far between but leave us in the interm with a plot that progresses fluidly and remains tense without being heavy-handed. There is a hilarious side-plot about a protester who throws feces at a politician which comes full circle to surprisingly tie the movie together. Though some scenarios may be far-fetched this movie is brilliantly original and does away with many of the clichés attributed to horror or crime thrillers. TIP!
i saw the devil,
crashed into his car, and fought
Dark and very tense & dramatic.
Ogni volta che mi appresto a vedere un film prodotto in Sud Corea rimango stupito di come la narrazione sia completamente diversa dal modo di fare occidentale, anche nei film di genere, come in questo caso il thriller. Storia di magnacci,prostitute in una Seoul sporca,corrotta e noir più che mai, bella storia con vari colpi di scena e regia che lascia sempre intendere senza imboccare lo spettatore, ad una seconda visione ancora meglio.
Cruda y cruel, como esperamos del cine asiático. Narra la historia de un expolicia vuelto padrote que emprende la búsqueda de una de sus chicas que una noche no regresa. Ha sido capturada por un asesino serial y puede que aún se encuentre con vida, pero hay que actuar ahora mismo.
Me gusta mucho como presenta el dilema moral de como tratar al sospechoso y si está justificada la tortura con tal de salvar a una chica. La manera en que la administración de la justicia y las acciones de los policías (que son gente normal como tu y como yo) quiere actuar y pueden o no gracias a la ley y la burocracia es una comedia muy negra que está totalmente plantada en la realidad. Y la tragedia nunca termina.
No es tan brutal como otras asíaticas pero aún así advierto que no es para todos.
the korean new wave is where it's at baby
Watch out for this director. I love his style of storytelling. How he loves to keep the audience guessing till the very end. These two movies I've seen (The Chaser & The Wailing), both I couldn't predict the outcome.
He will keep you at the edge of your seat till the very last minute.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
My canon. In (approximate) order of favorite films, not necessarily of best action sequences.
Trying to keep a relatively open…