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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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  • [HanCinema's Hall of Fame] "The Chaser"

    In the Spotlight this Week: "The Chaser" by Na Hong-jin In 2005, self-confessed cannibal and serial killer Yoo Young-chul was sentenced to death for twenty counts of murder by the Seoul Central District Court. His victims included mostly prostitutes and the wealthy, stating, in front of the cameras, that: "Women shouldn't be sluts, and the rich should know what they've done". Three years after his sentences was carried out, Na Hong-jin made his directing debut with the intense and disturbing "The Chaser", a psychological thriller that drew inspiration from Yoo's grizzly and blood-soaked story and remains one of the most gripping and spell-binding entries into the genre. Over five million local filmgoers gorged themselves on Na's terrifying cinematic imagining at the time, and it wasn't just the real-world horrors that lured them in. The film employed the prestigious acting talents of both Ha Jung-woo ("The Terror Live", "The Berlin File") and Kim Yun-seok ("Hwayi : A Monster Boy", "Haemoo"), both of whom were recalled by Na for his sophomore feature "The Yellow Sea" in 2010. These two silver screen stars at the heart of Na's urban thriller, bringing to life Na's cruel and unusual collision of an ex-cop pimp and his cannibalistic counter,...More

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Showbox (쇼박스)
 Kim Kwon-tae (김권태)
 Assistant director
 Yoo Sang-seob (유상섭)
 Martial arts director
 Kim Joon-seok (김준석)
 Score composer
 Hong Won-chan (홍원찬)
 Adaptation / Dramatization
 Shinho Lee (이신호)
 Adaptation / Dramatization
 Seong Si-heup (성시흡)
 Production department
 Kim Woo-taek (김우택)
 Production department
 Jeong Seung-goo (정승구)
 Production department
 Lee Cheol-oh (이철오)
 Bae Il-hyuk (배일혁)
 Gaffer/Lighting B team
 Jung Chang-hyun (정창현)
 Martial arts team
 Kim Tae-hoon-II (김태훈)
 Computer graphics
 Jo Eun-yi (조은이)
 Kim Joo-hwan (김주환)
 Marketing department
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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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