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…
I have read that The Chaser's plot was based on fait divers - I have read that one night, in Hong-jin Na's troubled neighborhood, a woman was desperately screaming for help, but no one responded to her call. The next day she was found dead with signs of extreme violence. Inspired by real-life korean serial killer Yoo Young-chul, The Chaser is a stylish, thrilling, brutal, bloody, powerful, breathtaking and heartbreaking film where we follow an ex-detective turned pimp who is in financial trouble because two of his girls have gone missing.
When it comes to devastating thrillers, there are no better filmmakers than the south-koreans. Characterized by a gloomy and disturbing atmosphere, where the illumination is the most essential detail,…
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.
I am glad that so few people will bother to see this... feels like a little secret gem all to myself. It sent me into a spiral of depression and it feels like I will never feel happiness again. Simply Awesome.
Continuing the exceptional recent output from South Korean cinema comes this fast-paced and thoroughly entertaining thriller that puts a unique twist on the traditional cat-and-mouse serial killer flick. Na Hong-jin's directorial debut is a highly enjoyable (if slightly overlong) thriller that provides enough unique ideas to raise it about the dull and repetitive generic serial killer films out there.
What is striking early on in The Chaser is how horrible and unlikeable the lead character is. Eom Joong-ho (Kim Yoon-seok) is a former detective turned pimp. Yes, you saw right, the protagonist of this film is a pimp, whose morality has seemingly deserted him and it is surprisingly a masterstroke by writers Na Hong-jin (also the director) and Lee Shin-ho.…
This was my first rewatch of The Chaser in a long, long time, and the film still looks great. It's fantastic how it starts as an average crime thriller but then, right after the protagonist finds out he was dealing with a real sicko, the film completely changes in tone, becoming one of the most intense and gloomy thriller film I've seen.
This was intense yo
I thought it wasn't going to do something in the third act but it did. It had me laughing like oh shit they actually did that. No hollywood movie would go that far.
This is the tensest thing since slice bread.
I love Asian cinema, and thought that I would love this movie. I loved the Yellow Sea, and this is from the same director and two main actors. However, I just could not get into it. The 'Protagonist' is not a character I could root for nor did I find him interesting. I like heroes who are complicated and have a dark side, but the character was hot headed, stupid, and made a number of pretty ridiculous decisions. It constantly took me out of the movie. It is still well made and I still enjoyed it, but I thought I would have liked it more.
Bleakly inventive and entertaining thriller that initially seems messy and confused as it shifts between tones and genres, then reveals itself to be an excellent exercise in subverting g audience expectations. What initially seems like a story about a former police officer turned pimp trying to get some money together morphs into a much more exhilarating, horrifying and often funny story about crime, class and corruption.
Full review in SonOfOdin's Podcast #128...
It's amazing how much suspense derives from the audience knowing what the characters don't. Not in the Hitchcock/De Palma way of showing the bomb under the proverbial table really, but in giving us a piece of vital information that the characters don't have, and showing the fallout of not having that information. I don't know of another movie in the crime thriller genre that does this quite as successfully, except maybe Blood Simple, or the end of Se7en.
Possibly the best film to come out of Korean cinema. This twisted masterpiece is not well known and should be. Spread the word or take a chisel to the frontal lobe.
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