Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
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.
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…
Before watching this I decided I wanted to view something akin to Memories Of Murder. While in a similar vain, The Chaser has a vision of it's own, which is well executed and makes for very entertaining viewing.
Movie about crazy bitch ass PIMP Nigga/ex bacon(cop) who's chasing a crazy motherfucking psycho killer. The movie started slow but more you watch it the shit is more intents and srsly THAT PSYCHO NIGGA is really some Nasty AssBreeding SHITFUCK.
Also watched Slum Polis over the weekend, but seen as though it's not on the letterboxd database I'll mention it here. Short version - ambitious but deeply flawed, especially in its use of music video language. Rest of that will be up as a review on thegeekshow.co.uk today.
Similar to Memories of Murder in its scathing indictment of the Korean justice system, The Chaser opts for a police procedural routine opposed to the over egged revenge thriller that Korea became renowned for in their new wave.
Grim and stylish with it, the chaser carves out its own path twisting and turning with the same blackly comic world view Joon Ho Bong used in his breakout picture. Unsympathetic characters that…
The Chaser is the glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel you see just as you get run over by a train from behind.
The Chaser is the illusion of hope in a grim world that you hold on to desperately, only for it to turn into a hammer that beats the life out of you.
The Chaser is the limitless will to survive that still isn't enough for you to make it out.
The Chaser is the feeling of your intestines ripped out and used to strangle you until you pass out.
The Chaser is regaining your consciousness and continuing to flee from the devil himself, only to end up in his clutches again.
The Chaser is…
Yet more pitch perfect thriller goodness from South Korea here. The Chaser is a tough watch at times. It seems to want to shed some light on the poor justice system of the country as the blood seems to fall on the hands of the system that, despite the fact that this guy is certainly the killer, they just aren’t allowed to keep him in custody.
Joong-ho is hot on the trail of the killer though and is a great lead. He’s certainly no hero himself as he runs an escort agency and in the beginning of the film, is seen to not exactly treat the women well. But the film really makes us change our views on him as…
Korea has given us some great revenge flicks but regardless of what you might have heard, this isn't a revenge flick, it's a police procedural ... a very dark one with its plot roots in Se7en territory and its character roots in film noir. A disgraced cop, a psycho killer, disappearing prostitutes, dank atmosphere... this film is unrelentingly grim and tough to watch in places but it definitely holds your interest and offers some interesting characters and plot twists. Commendable directorial debut for Na Hong-Jin ... keep an eye on this guy.
Starring Kim Yoon-seok!
A great chase-scene with action, mystery film about the hunt for evidence against Serial-killer. This film has made me feel delighted and glad, it has been long since I have seen such a grand film from Asian cinema. Kim Yoon-seok gives marvelous performance, his chasing scenes in the film are few of grand chasing scenes in the history of cinema. Plot is wonderfully crafted out; Cinematographer Lee Seong-jae should be praised for the doing his crafty work on the film.
Director Na Hong-jin has shown professionalism and skills in directing this full-entertainment film. Musicians Kim Joon-seok
and Choe Yong-rak come up a music that builds up intensity, firstly in the mid-half of start when Eom Joong-ho (Kim Yoon-seok) first encounters the serial-killer Je Yeong-min (Ha Jeong-woo), and at the near-end when Eom surprises Yeong-min at his secret hiding place.
A perfect film.
The defining trait of most serial killer movies is the idea that serial killers are more interesting than the regular people chasing them. It's also often the problem with them, too. The investigators either become paper-thin dramatic foils for our beloved villains (who in turn become showcases for the idea that misanthropy is inherently charming) or have to be "troubled" (results may vary; William Petersen's Will Graham, in MANHUNTER, takes that characterization to its poetic extreme). Hong-Jin Na's scenario for THE CHASER is essentially based on giving the middle finger to that convention, as well as to the equally common ploy of making the killer's apprehension the film's climax. Here, the ex-cop-turned-pimp investigating the crimes is more interesting than the…
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