"The Chaser is entertaining as hell. Paced just right. It’s brutal, dark, funny, bloody and beautiful. The best flick I’ve seen this year. Period."
- Mighty Peking Man
The Chaser (2008)
Director: Na Hong-jin
Writer: Na Hong-jin
Cast: Yun-seok Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Yeong-hie Seo, In-gi Jung, Hyo-ju Park
Running Time: 123 min.
Plot: See review below.
MIGHTY PEKING MAN'S REVIEW: What a sigh of relief. A Korean thriller that's not trying to be some Hollywood bullshit with big explosions, insane action scenes and cg-effects. I'm so sick of that crap. Come to think of it, I don't think there's one gunshot in the whole movie. But then again, I’m talking out of my ass since The Chaser isn't exactly that type of flick. It's more of a thriller-drama but with enough sloppy beat-ups and gruesome visuals to keep the action-addict happy.
The Chaser is about an ex-cop turned pimp (yes, you read that right) who realizes his "bitches" are sporadically disappearing one by one. He backtracks through his paperwork and figures out that the latest missing girl was sent to the same guy the previous missing victim was sent to...
That's basically all I'm going to tell you about the plot. Telling you any more would be too much typing for my lazy ass; more importantly, I'll probably give too much away in the process.
The Chaser is director Na Hong-jin's first full-length feature film (prior to this, he received some buzz for some short film he made). I like his directing style and his approach to story-telling. He's a director with balls and not some lame filmmaker who has to reference the feel of Hollywood movies to please the mass audience. I'll definitely be keeping a close eye out for his work.
Both the lead actors (Yun-seok Kim and Jung-woo Ha) put on amazing performances. I could tell you right now that Yun-seok Kim is special. He's got that certain something about him. He’s one of those cool Asian cats that you just love seeing on screen. You know, another Chow Yun Fat, Song Kang-Ho, Lau Ching Wan or Tony Leung... get my drift? I really should get off my ass and seek out more of his films.
The Chaser is entertaining as hell. Paced just right. It’s brutal, dark, funny, bloody and beautiful. The best flick I’ve seen this year. Period.
MIGHTY PEKING MAN'S RATING: 10/10