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…
When it comes to thrillers, there are no better filmmakers than the south-koreans. This one is another breathtaking film coming from the country that if famous for having films that stick the viewers to the chairs from the beginning to the end. In the hands of another director, The Chaser could easily fall into its genre's hollywoodesque clichés, yet, Hong-jin Na created this breathtaking and unpredictable thriller. It easily is one of the best cop thrillers of the last decade.
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.
Best top 3 thriller movie
This film does what Hollywood is afraid to do. [MILD SPOILERS AHEAD]
Whereas the crime films of Hollywood always have a sense of hope and optimism, The Chaser has a dense atmosphere of despair and misfortune. The characters initially are not characters we would typically empathise with, however during the course of the film and through some character development we begin to support the main protagonist. And during the course of events of this unfortunate night, as more twists are revealed we also begin to lose hope for the main character and the child that has joined his journey.
This film is all about ambiguity. The characters are morally ambiguous, there is no clear good and bad character. They are…
Breathing forbidden! The most intense and exciting film I ever watched. Edge of the seat through and through. Simply awesome.
Probably in my top 3 Korean movies ever, alongside Memories of Murder and Oldboy. It is excellent.
Tiene toda la intensidad, la garra y la agilidad que se le debería pedir a un thriller. Esta película tiene a su favor otra baza importante: que tira por los aires la estructura del género y un buen puñado de sus lugares comunes. Normalmente en los thrillers la persecución del bueno al malo se prolonga y se estira hasta que en el desenlace se produce el ansiado choque. Aquí ese choque se produce a la media hora y desde ahí la película adquiere un aire crítico contra la inoperancia de la polícia (y la justicia en general) a la vez que la carrera contrarreloj se reanuda, aunque de diferente manera. Y no desvelo nada más para no fastidiarle a nadie…
The world is a horrible place, this film highlights that fact and then rubs salt in all the small wounds its made over the course of the film. Bleak and brutal, but a genius move of introducing a child actor who plays amazingly against Yun-seok Kim, introduces a much needed lightness. Don't worry though, this lightness is soon hammered out of you and you can leave the film knowing there is no such thing as happiness.
Yet another really well made Korean thriller. This goes in several directions that you don't expect. Really tense.
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.…
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