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The Chaser (추격자)

추격자 (Choo-gyeok-ja)

Directed by Na Hong-jin (나홍진)

Screenplay by

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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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)
 Shinho Lee (이신호)
 Seong Si-heup (성시흡)
 Production department
 Kim Woo-taek (김우택)
 Production department
 Jeong Seung-goo (정승구)
 Production department
 Jo Eun-i (조은이)
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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
2009-03-14 07:09:34
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