Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #250 Chaser

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2011 at 8:03 PM

Movie #250 Chaser

(2008, Korea, d. Hong-jin Na)

Chaser is a film that starts off like any other Hollywood serial killer film but then turns an extremely dramatic turn and becomes an excruciatingly tense, albeit rewarding film to watch. Without giving too much away about this film, Chaser is a film where they catch the bad guy in just the first act. He doesn’t try to escape or get out. He’s in jail for the rest of the film. The bad guy, in this case, is a young, good-looking prostitute-murderer (played by incredible, incredible Jeong-Woo Ha) with more disgusting fetishes than Hannibal Lecter. Chaser is a film about the problems of democracy and of the criminal system in South Korea. Without a single shard of evidence against him, this killer just sits and waits for his time to get out. As ex-detective turned pimp Joong-ho Eong tries to search for his “employees”, he begins his own search for evidence. Chaser is a top class serial killer film that very rarely lets the audience off the hook. With incredible performances from its lead characters, it is also saddening that it didn’t quite receive the attention most of its Korean counterparts received.

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