Chugyeogja (The Chaser)
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An ex-policeman-turned-street-smart pimp attempts to capture the elusive serial killer who has been preying on his girls in this stylish South Koran thriller from first-time feature filmmaker Na Hong-jin. Jung-ho is a former cop who now operates on the other side of the law. When his girls start disappearing without clearing their debts, Jung-ho rightly begins to suspect foul play. Shortly thereafter, Jung-ho receives a call for a girl and dispatches Mi-jin -- recognizing all too late that his latest customer's telephone number exactly matches that of the man who hired the last prostitute… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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)."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"The pessimism of Na's slick debut rings false."
‑ Nick Schager, Village Voice
"...finds its tonal footing in the final third, when Jung-ho makes the transition from darkly comic clown to film-noir anti-hero."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"A sizzling film noir that evokes the disillusionment of a once self-confident "tiger" economy."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"It's hard out here for a detective turned pimp in the thrilling import The Chaser"
‑ Christian Toto, What Would Toto Watch?
"Easily the best cop thriller since The Departed."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"South Korean first-timer Na Hong-jin offers nasty thrills, manic foot chases and some genuinely subversive riffs on the police procedural."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Time Out New York
"click to read full review"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"Unlike the directors of Infernal Affairs, Hong-Jin refreshingly fuels his philosophical engine with montage."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"It runs long at over two hours but it is expertly directed, shot, edited, and acted."
‑ Brian Tallerico,
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A grisly serial-killer thriller that develops into a howl of outrage at the ineptitude of the system."
‑ Justin Chang, Variety
"A gritty, stylish crime thriller that's initially suspenseful and compelling, but eventually becomes pedestrian, unsurprising, preposterous and even somewhat tedious."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Uma obra madura e complexa que insiste em desafiar as idéias pré-concebidas do espectador do início ao fim."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"shifts its tone effortlessly between white-knuckle suspense and investigatory drama"
‑ Chris Cabin,
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