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THE CHASER (Chugyeogja)
"A grisly serial-killer thriller that develops into a howl of outrage at the ineptitude of the system" -Variety
"A noirish dash through the very soul of Korea... By turns bleak, funny and horrifying" -Channel4
"Mr. Na's debut manages to be thought-provoking and adventurous while providing solid thrills" -New York Times
"[Hong-jin] Na keeps pulling the rug out from under us, and his brawny genre exercise doubles nicely as a scream of social anguish" -TimeOut NY
½ "The Chaser is an expert serial-killer film from South Korea and a poster child for what a well-made thriller looked like in the classic days... In addition to remaking this movie, Hollywood should study it" -Roger Ebert
Critics' Choice "Easily the best cop thriller since The Departed" -Chicago Reader
"Vicious, tense thriller... Grimy but slick and never dull" -Chicago Tribune
The Chaser is one of the best psychological thrillers to ever come out of South Korea. The film revolves around Joong-ho (Kim Yun-seok), an ex-detective with a bad reputation who becomes a pimp. When two of his girls disappear without a trace, he accuses one of his own customers, Young-min (Ha Jung-woo), of stealing and selling his girls. What Joong-ho does not know is that his prime suspect is actually a sadistic serial killer who has murdered the two girls. After an intense and brutal pursuit, Young-min is taken to a police station, where he simply confesses to the slaying of numerous girls while also admitting that one more girl may still be alive. However, without any evidence, he can walk free after being held for twelve hours. It then becomes a race against time for Joong-ho to find the last missing girl, before it is too late. Winner of seven Blue Dragon Awards, including best picture, best actor for Kim Yun-seok, best screenplay, best director as well as being a box office hit in South Korea, this masterpiece is a suspenseful and spine-tingling debut feature for Hong-jin Na. The Chaser is a hyperventilating crime thriller that grabs the wary viewer by the throat and refuses to let go until the scary ride is over!
Directed by for Hong-jin Na, South Korea, 2008, 35mm, 125 mins. In Korean with English subtitles.