The Chaser

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Released 2008

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2008
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The Chaser is a gritty thriller of murder and suspense in the heart of the South Korean underworld. Joong-ho (Yun-seok Kim) was once a great detective, but turned dirty after he began moonlighting as a pimp. Now Joong-ho has a problem; his debts are starting to pile up as his girls disappear one by one before they can pay him off. After the most recent disappearance, that of a beautiful young escort named Mi-Jin (Yeong-hie Seo), Joong-ho vows to uncover the culprit and put a stop to the vanishings. With a suspect pool that includes everyone from former clients to fellow pimps, Joong-ho is forced back into his old habits as a detective in order to save his girls. However, the truth Joong-ho uncovers behind his missing girls could be worse than anything he could have imagined. Will he be able to find Mi-Jin in time or has Joong-ho got in over his head? The Chaser is a tense drama that keeps you guessing until the very end.moreless

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  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    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.

  • 88

    Slant Magazine Joseph Jon Lanthier

    The opaque ethics of The Chaser elide the reductive nature of binary pairs, focusing instead on the far more piquant complexity of human behavior.

  • 70

    The Hollywood Reporter

    The tight time-frame gives the excellent cast a chance to play with intensity, making even old genre hands hold their breath and feel their minds sufficiently shaken up.

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Foreign Language, Crime, Thrillers