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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…
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, 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…
Having the identity of your serial killer exposed in the first fifteen minutes is already quite impressive, but having him arrested as well is an extremely bold move. Too bad the remaining 110 minutes feel a bit unrealistic at times though the gut wrenching and unsettling climax makes sure you won't forget The Chaser soon.
By the end of the movie, I'm still left speechless and basically brain-dead in the course through the credits as I'm still helplessly trying to process what the fuck did I just sat through. Some of the scenes, and the eventual outcomes to those said scenes - most of the third act, for fuck sake - will, now and forever, haunts me for the rest of my movie-watching life. Despite the thriller-setting title, the movie itself is a slow-pace chess play. It's the combing through the evidence and searching for the clues type of a procedural - 'Memories of Murder' and Fincher's 'Seven' very much comes into mind - where at the same time, a delicate commentary on the imbalance and, some would argue, failed justice system made by the director. It's a brutal and a demented two hour ride here that I don't think any remake (here's looking at you, Hollywood) would do it justice.
Definitely a hard film to sit through. Hell, in the end, it's still not a rewarding experience. A very disturbing and unsettling movie. The story unravels in unexpected ways, especially the beginning, revealing it's hand right out in front of you. Which left me surprised and on edge with how it was going to finish. But the story still manages to be engaging and keep it's momentum going. With the help of two great lead performances and some well handled chase sequences. It ends on a note a bit to bleak for my taste, but it's still a damn good thriller.
For me, I Saw the Devil is the better Korean serial killer movie (I'm discounting Memories of Murder from the equation because that film is so much more than a serial killer film) but this has such a good setup and some great, nailbiting moments. Haven't seen Ha Jung-woo in this light before so that was kinda weird but I think he should've been more than just a one-track killer. Nothing particularly "noteworthy" about his character even if he is a demented man.
Thriller about an ex-cop turned pimp who goes after a serial killer that takes out a couple of his girls. Incredible movie, and impossible to remake in Hollywood with the same intensity. I liked it almost as much as that other modern Korean masterpiece, Memories of Murder (2008).
Algunas cosas que le pesan a The Chaser.
Sus personajes no son del todo interesantes y son un montón.
De repente el ritmo de la película es de camara phantom.
Y por último viene saliendo 3 años después de que Chan-wook Park cerrara su trilogía de venganza y no pude dejar de pensar que esto se sentía como una idea mal ejecutada de Sra Venganza / Old Boy / Sr Venganza.
I never thought I'd root for a pimp-protagonist like I did watching this.
Ultra Depressing/10 )-;
Organised, orchestrated chaos that probably relies too heavily on coincidence but almost gets away with it by way of bitter, fatalistic irony. Overwrought as it gets, the action is driven by real desperation, and there's a sense of heartbreak toward the end that approaches peak De Palma.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…