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The Chaser

2008 2h 5m Action Mystery & Thriller List
82% Tomatometer 34 Reviews 89% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings A cop investigates the disappearance of several call girls he pimps out. Read More Read Less
The Chaser

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A frantic and taut Korean serial killer thriller. One classy, if bloody and messy, gut wrencher of a movie.

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Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune I've more or less had it with this stuff, but the film is distinguished by the grubby velocity of his foot chases, and the effectiveness of its craft (not to mention the unglamorous resolution of at least one character's fate). Rated: 3/4 Feb 4, 2010 Full Review J. R. Jones Chicago Reader Easily the best cop thriller since The Departed. Feb 2, 2010 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times The Chaser is an expert serial-killer film from South Korea and a poster child for what a well-made thriller looked like in the classic days. Rated: 3.5/4 Jan 28, 2010 Full Review David Harris Spectrum Culture The Chaser is thrilling and endlessly inventive during its two hour runtime. Oct 3, 2019 Full Review C.H. Newell Scriptophobic The Chaser's screenplay makes its aim the revelation of social conditions which allowed these crimes, and others like it, to occur. May 7, 2019 Full Review Marianna Neal Impression Blend You're still going to get the chases, the violence, and the dark tone you would expect, but all of that is rooted in reality and drama making The Chaser come very close to the neo-noir genre. Rated: 4.5/5 Apr 30, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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Dick C This Korean motion series I, The Chaser, 2008 is thought provoking... Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/18/24 Full Review Online A Exceptional with a fantastic pace. Brutal, not for the squeamish, but very well made. If you like Se7en you may be inclined to also like The Chaser. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 12/01/23 Full Review M7AMD A It was a great watch, but I had some issues with this movie, although it still left me with some great impressions. There were so many scenes that were exaggerated a bit though i would say some of them were funny, and some plot holes like for example why would you go to different places looking for his house when he and the girl he was with stopped at the exact location the detective was at!! It makes more sense that the search would have been where the girl's car was found, another stupid plot was when the girl escaped why would she run into the convenience store not calling out for neighbors to help her or people walking in the streets and even when she had the opportunity to call someone she chose to call her pimp and not the police!!! Lol i understand it makes for great tense and drama but come on so many movies did that and it still pisses me off. I do like the twist at the end though, and i would recommend watching it, if someone never watched any Korean movies I'm sure he will probably enjoy it more than I did. 7/10 Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 07/10/23 Full Review Wendell B This movie was like most of Korean films very suspenseful. I often found myself yelling at the TV for the police to do something different. Very good movie I didn't like the ending but I still think this is a must watch. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 06/21/23 Full Review william d Excellent crime drama with some real edge of your seat suspense and action. I'd give it a full five stars if it weren't for two things: one character is badly injured without any explanation and while I admit I don't know anything about Korean criminal procedure, something happens here that I don't think would happen even in the due process obsessed United States. Don't let that deter you, check this one out. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review JJJJJJ J Your "classic" korean crime thriller that barely does a thing wrong. I really liked everything about this film. My only complaint would be that there were maybe two competing plots each interesting, but instead of coming to a climax at the same time one ending early. It left the last 15 minutes a bit flat as the first of the two was more engaging. Highly recommend for any fans of crime/thrillers, and especially those that are willing to watch or have a liking of foreign films. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis A cop investigates the disappearance of several call girls he pimps out.
Director
Na Hong-jin
Screenwriter
Won-Chan Hong, Shinho Lee, Na Hong-jin
Production Co
Showbox Entertainment
Genre
Action, Mystery & Thriller
Original Language
Korean
Release Date (Streaming)
Apr 5, 2017
Runtime
2h 5m