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Chaser
     

The Chaser

Director: Na Hong-jin, Kim Yoon-seok, Ha Jeong-woo, Seo Yeong-heui

Cast: Na Hong-jin, Kim Yoon-seok, Ha Jeong-woo, Seo Yeong-heui

 
An ex-policeman-turned-street-smart pimp attempts to capture the elusive serial killer who has been preying on his girls in this stylish South Koran thriller from first-time feature filmmaker Na Hong-jin. Jung-ho is a former cop who now operates on the other side of the law. When his girls start disappearing without clearing their debts,

Overview

An ex-policeman-turned-street-smart pimp attempts to capture the elusive serial killer who has been preying on his girls in this stylish South Koran thriller from first-time feature filmmaker Na Hong-jin. Jung-ho is a former cop who now operates on the other side of the law. When his girls start disappearing without clearing their debts, Jung-ho rightly begins to suspect foul play. Shortly thereafter, Jung-ho receives a call for a girl and dispatches Mi-jin -- recognizing all too late that his latest customer's telephone number exactly matches that of the man who hired the last prostitute that went missing. His detective's instincts now kicking into full gear, Jung-ho races desperately through the streets in search of Mi-jin. After denting a car in a dark ally, the eagle-eyed pimp notices that the driver of the car he collided with is wearing a blood-spattered shirt. Jung-ho gives chase, eventually catching the man and discovering that his name is Young-min. Later, at the police station, Young-min admits that he is indeed the killer that police have been searching for, and that Mi-jin is quite possibly still alive. Though the police aren't convinced that there is any hope for Mi-jin, given the number of corpses popping up around town as of late, Jung-ho believes that Young-min is telling the truth. The law states that the police can only hold the suspected serial killer for 12 hours, but is that enough time for Jung-ho to rescue Mi-jin and prove Young-min's guilt?

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
In the first decade of the 21st century, Park Chan-wook helped put Korean cinema back on the map with his terrific vengeance trilogy (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, and Lady Vengeance). At the end of that decade, a similarly invigorating breath of fresh air in genre films comes from South Korean filmmaker Na Hong-jin, with his dynamite thriller The Chaser. Na's debut feature is an elaborate cat-and-mouse game between two unlikely characters: a particularly nasty serial killer who bludgeons prostitutes with a hammer and chisel, and the pimp who's trying to track him down. Making matters more interesting, this pimp, Jung-ho (Kim Yoon-seok), is a disgraced ex-cop who still imagines he can use police procedural methods to nab the killer; he still thinks like a detective, even if his former associates disdain him. Rarely have we seen a cop-turned-pimp as the hero of any story, and it just hints at Na's gifts for outside-the-box characterizations. In fact, one of the film's most interesting characters is the city of Seoul itself, which comes to vibrant life during the variety of frenetic foot chases that occur in its serpentine streets and neighborhoods. Everything about The Chaser is frantic, messy, tense, and real. Physical altercations are eye-gouging scrums, and the characters' desperation oozes like blood. Kim is the perfect actor to pull off this role -- Jung-ho is a withered shell of his former self, but he can still harness the intensity and passion from before his goodness became corrupted. His accidental quest for redemption is riveting. This is to say nothing of Ha Jeong-woo as the killer, who spooks us with his sociopathic emotional deadness. Embedded in the structure of this tightly wound thriller is a lacerating critique of the bureaucracy of police work, in which a lack of evidence can free a person even while he's confessing his own guilt. The title is an obvious reference to Jung-ho and his mission, but the secondary meaning of "chaser" applies as well: like a potent shot of alcohol, The Chaser is nasty good, requiring a cleansing liquid to wash away that wince-inducing taste.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/2010
UPC:
0030306955698
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
NR
Source:
Ifc Independent Film
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:05:00
Sales rank:
21,196

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kim Yoon-seok Jung-ho
Ha Jeong-woo Young-min
Seo Yeong-heui Mi-jin
Kim Yoo-Jung Eun-jee
Jeong In-gi Detective Lee
Choi Jung-Woo Chief
Min Kyung-Jin Squad leader
Park Hyo-Ju Detective Oh
Koo Bon-Wong meathead
Oh Woo-jung Sung-hee
Yoo Ji-yeon Hee-jung
Kim Sun-Young Ji-young,analyst
Song Yo-sep Detective Kang
Ha Sung-kwang Detective Park
Cho Deuk-je Detective Choi
Hong jae-sung Detective Kim

Technical Credits
Na Hong-jin Director,Screenwriter
Lee Dong-hwan Sound/Sound Designer
Cheong Eui-Seok Executive Producer
Chin Hee-Moon Executive Producer
Yun In-Beom Producer
Kim Jun-suk Score Composer
Lee Min-bok Production Designer
Jhung Seung-Koo Executive Producer
Lee Shin-Ho Screenwriter
Kim Sujin Producer
Kim Sun-min Editor
Kim Sun-Young Executive Producer
Lee Sung-jae Cinematographer
Lee Sung-Je Cinematographer
Jung Sung-Koon Executive Producer
Hong Won-Chan Screenwriter
Jo Ye-jin Sound/Sound Designer
Choi Yong-rak Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Chaser
1. Opening Credits/If I Catch You [11:07]
2. 4885 [10:08]
3. Trapped [5:45]
4. Busted [8:41]
5. Questions [4:39]
6. Out Of The Past [5:13]
7. Searching [9:31]
8. Left Behind [6:37]
9. The Storm [4:21]
10. New Developments [2:39]
11. Stalemate [2:59]
12. The Chase Continues [10:01]
13. Too Late [9:47]
14. Cries From The Dead [9:00]
15. Justice [4:38]
16. End Credits [5:08]

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