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The Chaser [DVD]

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  • Actors: Yun-seok Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Yeong-Hie Seo
  • Directors: Hong-jin Na
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Korean
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: In2film
  • DVD Release Date: 20 July 2009
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BC9Z5G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,778 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

South Korean crime thriller. Joong-Ho (Yun-seok Kim) is a disgraced ex-police detective who has now turned to pimping for a living. When the prostitutes in his ring start to disappear one by one without paying him the money they owe him, he goes after them - and his money - with all guns blazing. But as the chase goes on, Joong-Ho finds himself up against an adversary more devious and violent than himself...


Be warned - this movie will reach deep into the pit of your stomach and wriggle your guts about before wrenching them out --The Sun

A hugely accomplished debut, and certainly one of the best Korean films to reach UK shores for some while ... its design, editing and acting are superb. This is a dark, rheumy noir that offers very little comfort by the end --Sight & Sound

A killer one-two of breathtaking chase scenes and blood-spattered fisticuffs. Fans of shock thriller Oldboy will love this twisted tale. You'll never look at a claw hammer again without wincing --Loaded --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By The Dandy Highwayman on 12 Oct 2011
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'The Chaser' is a multi-layered film of remorse, regret, revenge and helplessness.

It's rare that any director achieves such a complex character in any film, but the male lead (Jung) played by Kim Yoon-Seok is an incredibly deep individual, who had me loathing him one minute and empathising with him the next throughout.

Indeed Kim Yoon-Seok achieved 7 seperate awards for his stunning portrayal of this 'ex-detective turned pimp' in Korea during 2008.

Very cleverly, the audience is 'in the loop' early on and the proceeding race against the clock centres around 'Jung' trying to piece events together as we, the viewer, look on helplessly.

Many reviews go into the storyline in far more detail, so I'll miss that out. All I'd say is that this is a tough, tense yet highly touching piece of cinema. Brutal in parts, gut-wrenchingly sad in others; 'The Chaser' has everything.

I would settle on 4 stars, but for me, Yoon-Seok's stunning acting demands and deserves a top-notch rating.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER on 27 July 2011
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I saw this ages ago and have just re watched it, and I have to say it is still stunning second time round. The plot is that an ex cop turned pimp Joong Ho (Kim Yoon-seok) thinks someone is stealing his ladies, as they keep going off to meet clients and not coming back. He and his sidekick, `Meathead', decide that after one of his last girls goes missing to do some searching. It soon becomes obvious that some of them have all disappeared after seeing the same punter. A punter who he has just sent Kim Mi-jin (Seo Young-hee) to go and service - as it were. He tells her to text the address as soon as she gets there. Without wanting to spoil the plot, she has a bit of a service outage and the chase to find her is on.

This is a film where Na Hong-jin (director and co-writer) keeps up the pace at a blistering level. It is shot beautifully in a way that makes it look effortless and natural at the same time. All of the characters are portrayed as being very human and very fallible. There are asides into humour too that fit just perfectly. This is a thriller with some gore, but most of the violence is straightforward fighting. The tension is piled on especially when Joong Ho discovers Mi Jins seven year old daughter and reluctantly takes her with him.

There is great attention to detail and I have seen criticism that the plot is too `far fetched', well I hasten to disagree as this film is based on the true life story of serial killer Yoo Young-chul. He was sentenced to death for twenty murders and cannibalism in 2005.

This is a stunning piece of original cinema that is nigh on hard to fault, it is in Korean with excellent sub titles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 15 Oct 2012
Format: DVD
Trailing superlatives, huge local box-office, a slew of awards and with the US remake rights picked up Warner Bros. for $1m, Hong-jin Na's The Chaser turns out to be one of those films that doesn't live up to the expectations that precede it while still being a decent thriller even if there's not much in the way of chasing. It's certainly a quality number and has the kind of killer premise that makes it easy to understand why studio execs got out their chequebook. Kim Yoon-suk is a disgraced cop making a living as a pimp in Seoul that's increasingly precarious because his girls are either walking out on him or disappearing. At first he thinks a suspect client is selling the girls and sends one to find out his address, which, naturally, turns out to be a spectacularly bad move: the client is actually a serial killer and she's his next victim. A lucky accident leads him to the killer before he can finish the job, but the barely competent police get caught up in red tape and petty political squabbles and botch the case, leaving him to track down the critically injured girl before the killer gets released and finishes the job. Yet the film is strangely lacking in tension, sagging once the killer has been caught surprisingly early in the proceedings and never really picking up much. It's also at times a little too reliant on coincidence and a level of overstated police incompetence that seems too crudely contrived to really convince.

Luckily it doesn't fall always quite so readily into movie stereotypes with the killer and his pursuer.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Puzzle box on 17 Oct 2009
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The Chaser was a massive success in its native South Korea, it was an odd but effective thriller which holds no mystery and purposely reveals its secrets right from the start. The brilliance behind this approach is avoiding tiresome clichés and the need to include ridiculous plot twist and disappointing endings. First time director Na Hon-jin mounts his tension not on shocks and revelations but strictly on emotion, keeping the audience frustrated and aggravated with the police force who are more concerned with public image than public safety. In my opinion this fantastic Asian thriller showed so much originality and again shows how Korea keeps making these amazing films that continue to surprise the audience, Hong Jin delivered an amazingly assured crime thriller debut revolving around the grisly deeds of a real life serial killer who claimed more than twenty victims. Not quite a masterpiece like Memories of Murder or Oldboy but on par with a film like Seven.

Joong-ho (Yun-seok Kim) is a pimp that keeps losing his girls. They go out, but they don't come back. He doesn't know if they are running away or kidnapped and sold. The cops are too busy watching out for politicians to look for missing prostitutes. Fortunately, Joong-ho also happens to be a former cop and decides to solve the mystery himself. When he sends out Mi-jin (Yeong-hie Seo), he tags along. Unfortunately, he cannot save her from her fate, but he does find out who (Jung-woo Ha) is doing it; he just doesn't know yet what is being done. While Joong-ho is searching, he discovers that Mi-jin has a daughter and now he is stuck with her while he looks. I'm not going to say anymore as it's better if you watch this for yourself. Things take many twists and turns that add to the suspense.
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