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The Chaser (추격자)

추격자 (Choo-gyeok-ja)

Directed by Na Hong-jin (나홍진)

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Action Crime Thriller

123min | Release date in South Korea :


Ex-cop pimp Jung-ho is irritated because his girls keep disappearing without clearing their debts. One night, he gets a call from a customer and sends Mi-jin. Jung-ho realizes the phone number of the customer matches that of the calls the missing girls got last. As something smells fishy, he searches for her. During his search, Jung-ho dents a car in the alley. When Jung-ho spots blood splattered on the driver’s shirt, he senses the man, Young-min, is the suspect. After an intense chase, Jung-ho catches Young-min. But because of Jung-ho’s pretense as a cop, they are both taken to the police station. At the station, the man bluntly confesses he has killed the missing women, and the last girl, Mi-jin, may still be alive. As the whole police force is obsessed with a random search for corpses, Jung-ho is the only one who believes Mi-jin is still alive. With only 12 hours left to detain the serial killer without a warrant, Jung-ho’s hunt begins, searching for Mi-jin entrapped in a place nobody knows.


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  • Ha Jeong-woo is a 'Chaser' in real life

    2012/11/15, Source,
    Ha Jeong-woo, the star of the movie "The Chaser" (2008), ran after and stopped a car that hit him and attempted to flee the scene. His agency revealed on Wednesday that two days earlier, Ha was walking across a pedestrian crosswalk in Apgujeong, southern Seoul, at around 10:30 p.m. when a car driven by a man named Kim grazed the actor,...More
  • [Press Release] PUNCH Two-Disc DVD S.E. (Region 1) Announced for February 2013

    2012/11/02, Source,
    "During my second year of high school, I met the greatest opponent of my life..." Wan-deuk (Yoo Ah-in, "Sungkyunkwan Scandal", "Antique") is a soft-spoken rebel who has all the makings of an at-risk youth. He comes from a poor family headed by a hunchback father and a stammering uncle. He is a quiet loner, who best expresses himself with his fists. And he has no dreams for the future beyond the day he can escape the watchful eye of his meddling homeroom teacher, Dong-ju... who just happens to live right next door. Dong-ju (Kim Yoon-seok, "The Thieves", "The Chaser") is no ordinary educator,...More
  • Choi Daniel becomes the next chaser

    2012/08/08, Source,
    Choi Daniel is the next chaser in Son Hyeon-joo's footsteps. Baek Hong-seok chased after the massive authority that killed his wife and daughter in the recently ended popular drama "The Chaser",...More
  • Infinite, lean and hungry

    2012/07/24, Source,
    This is the eighth in a 15-part series on the stars and trends of "hallyu" or the Korean wave, which is gaining popularity in Southeast Asia and Latin America. The Korea Times is producing this special prolject in cooperation with the Korea foundation and CJ E&M. - ED. When someone is in hot-pursuit of their dream, the hunger, the ardor, the positive energy of pursuit they emanate are undeniable,...More
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 Kim Kwon-tae (김권태)
 Assistant director
 Yoo Sang-seob (유상섭)
 Martial arts director
 Kim Joon-seok (김준석)
 Shinho Lee (이신호)
 Seong Si-heup (성시흡)
 Production department
 Park Jeong-hoon-I (박정훈)
 Production department
 Jeong Seung-goo (정승구)
 Production department
123 min 35mm Cinemascope (2.35)
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Release date in South Korea : 2008/02/14
South Korean Box Office
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As of 2008.06.01 : 5,071,454 admissions (total)
As of 2008.05.25 : 5,070,732 admissions (total)
As of 2008.05.18 : 5,069,347 admissions (total)
As of 2008.05.11 : 5,066,385 admissions (total)
As of 2008.05.04 : 5,058,411 admissions (total)
As of 2008.04.27 : 5,039,128 admissions (total)
As of 2008.04.20 : 4,994,985 admissions (total)
As of 2008.04.13 : 4,942,911 admissions (total)
As of 2008.04.06 : 4,853,501 admissions (total)
As of 2008.03.30 : 4,703,910 admissions (total)
As of 2008.03.23 : 4,445,287 admissions (total)
As of 2008.03.16 : 4,074,808 admissions (total)
As of 2008.03.09 : 3,533,374 admissions (total)
As of 2008.03.02 : 2,818,333 admissions (total)
As of 2008.02.24 : 1,758,687 admissions (total)
As of 2008.02.17 : 648,548 admissions (total)

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Cat vs Mouse by HD Kuya

amiliar with Tom & Jerry? The cat-mouse cartoon that still airing eventhough doing re-runs until time will tell? We all know that Thomas the Cat is after Jerry the Mouse everytime, but sometimes Jerry has something up his sleeves. Whether it's a weapon, or breaking plates so the owner of the house would kick Tom out of the house. I felt that when watching "The Chaser", that top the South Korea's box office for 3 straight weeks between end of February to the start of March.

Kim Yoon-seok plays Eom Joong-ho, a retired police officer who gone off to be a pimp. One of his girls is Kim Min-ji (Seo Yeong-hee), a mother of one daughter. Duty calls one night, & Ji Yeong-min (Ha Jeong-woo) needs her service. However, this isn't the first time, Yeong-min requested one of Joong-ho's prostitutes, & everytime Yeong-min gets accompany by the girls, they don't report back. Missing? Sold? Killed?

The movie is about the chase between those two. Add up the police, a bit of government personnel (governor & prosecutors), & even family members, the thing goes quite out of hand. However the mess the chase is, the plot isn't. Storyline is well built, & the screenplay helps it. Top notch is given to Kim Yoon-seok, who portrays his character well. All actors, even little Kim Yoo-jeong, give a good performance, that underlines that #1 box office title for 3 weeks.

Another Hollywood remake is on the cards, with possible Leonardo Di Caprio, & Martin Scorcese duo (who was responsible for the success of remaking Hong Kong's Internal Affairs). But they have a hard task of repeating the thriller ending that was the strong points of the movie.

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Thriller indeed! And at times quite disturbing and gross. Not for sensitive viewers...
2009-09-08 21:56:22
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