Plot: Ex-detective pimp Jung-ho is angry because his girls keep disappearing without clearing their debts. One night, he gets a call from a customer and sends Mi-jin. But when Mi-jin meets the customer, 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 finally catches Young-min. But because of Jung-ho’s pretense as a cop, they are both taken to the police station. At the station, he bluntly tells the policemen that he has killed the missing women, and the last girl, Mi-jin, may still be alive. As the 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.
The film won the Grand Prize award at the 44th Baeksang Art Awards, as well as the five top prizes at the 45th Daejong Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor.
«The Chaser is an unusually effective thriller from South Korea that fearlessly puts out all the pieces of its puzzle to paint an angry, scathing social attack. It is also rare in how it mounts its tension not so much on shocks and revelations but strictly on the pervading emotional drive of frustration.»
«The greatest strength of “The Chaser” is the fact that, despite what might sound like a familiar premise, it never plays out as expected, with Na weaving a complex and expertly crafted web of twists and turns.»
«It’s not hard to see that The Chaser is built on one - if you’ll pardon the bad pun - killer premise. It gives the audience just enough of what they expect from a crime drama to hook them in and give them a sense of things while also injecting a fairly tired genre with a bolt of new energy by simply shifting perspectives on the familiar scenario.»
«Prior to “The Chaser,” if you were asked to name some of the best Korean thrillers ever made, you’d probably mention Jong-ho Bong’s “Memories of Murder” and Chan-wook Park’s “Sympathy for Mr Vengeance.” After you watch “The Chaser,” you’ll likely find yourself mentioning one more movie in that group.»
«Pulse-pounding third act expertly pushes the audience's buttons, to excruciatingly ironic and ultimately devastating effect. Pic does turn overwrought in the final stretch and would have been wise to end on an earlier note, though action fans won't mind.»
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