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They couldn't be more wrong. This film is one of the best films to come out of South Korea in the last decade and is up there in its obsessive storytelling with the likes of Park Chan-wook's OLD BOY and Kim Ki-duk's THE COASTGUARD.
The story is about the chase to stop a serial killer by the least likely of protagonists, a former detective who was kicked out of the force for taking bribes and is now a despicable pimp.
This pimp is moved to act after some of his call girls go missing. At first he thinks some lowlife out there is abducting his girls and selling them to another human trafficker. Gradually, it dawns on him that a serial killer is killing them. Meanwhile, in the background, the police are also conducting an investigation to try to catch this killer.
Of course, this straightforward description doesn't do the film justice. THE CHASER is the best kind of thriller. In addition to social commentary about various aspects of modern city life, it is masterfully-crafted and executed.
What do I mean by this? As is usually the case with the best storytelling, the film places the viewer in the exact place and viewpoint of the protagonist, whose single-minded pursuit of the villain is hampered by the bungling of the very police who banished him from their midst. The film puts the viewer through all the emotions that the protagonist goes through. If you watch this film and do not find it emotionally draining, then it's time to go get a check-up because something is kaputt.Read more ›
Ex-detective turned pimp Jung-ho (a terrific Yun-seok Kim) has got a problem. When one of his girls goes missing, he assumes she has been taken and sold by a rival. Uncovering the possible culprit, he realizes that he's just arranged another date with the same client. He asks the girl who is now with the assailant to text him her location, but loses contact. Knowing the general vicinity where the first girl went missing, Jung-ho hits the streets. As the movie progresses into a frantic search through the underworld of Seoul, a more disturbing reality presents itself--he's actually dealing with a serial killer. "The Chaser" begins so strong, so unsettling, and so surprising. One of the film's greatest assets is Yun-seok Kim--an completely original antihero. You've got to root for this pimp to do what the cops seem unable to accomplish!Read more ›
It follows an ex-detective turned pimp as he tries to sort out the strange disappearances of some of his women. Financially unable to just let these women up and leave, he uses his old talents and begins his own investigation. What he gets is a phone number, which leads him into a dark series of twists and turns. Now, he must not only find his missing women, but help the police to prove the guilt of the man he suspects of "selling" his women.
As I said before, The Chaser is a refreshing thriller. The story itself is told in many ways, sometimes funny or slap-stick (but never over the top), sometimes heartbreaking, and often times dead serious. This the directoral debute and yet it feels like a movie made by one of the industry vets. He's able to keep the pace of the film fast without losing or overwhelming the viewer. Of course it helps having phenomenal acting filling nearly every scene, even by a young seven year old girl.
All in all, The Chaser is an astounding film. I'm not often surprised anymore, but this movie has surprised me. I thought I saw the best that Korea has to offer, yet they offer The Chaser. If you're a fan of the movies I mentioned above, then there is absolutely no reason you won't enjoy The Chaser.
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I found this movie fascinating and very cruel in a beautiful way. Well done and deserves a USA version. The writing and the editing is superb. The girl's acting is amazing. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Emilio Perez
Loved this film. The main character, Yun-seok Kim, is so intense in this role.Published 14 months ago by Papio
It scared the sh*t out of me - which I loved!!! I almost never watch anything American-made anymore cause they're so boring and predictable. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ellen