The Chaser (Chugyeogja)
The Chaser (Chugyeogja) (2008)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 1, 2008
DVD Release Date: August 4, 2009
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

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).

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Nick Schager
Village Voice

The pessimism of Na's slick debut rings false.

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Josh Larsen

...finds its tonal footing in the final third, when Jung-ho makes the transition from darkly comic clown to film-noir anti-hero.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Easily the best cop thriller since The Departed.

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Aaron Hillis
Time Out

South Korean first-timer Na Hong-jin offers nasty thrills, manic foot chases and some genuinely subversive riffs on the police procedural.

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Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

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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.

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Justin Chang

A grisly serial-killer thriller that develops into a howl of outrage at the ineptitude of the system.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

A gritty, stylish crime thriller that's initially suspenseful and compelling, but eventually becomes pedestrian, unsurprising, preposterous and even somewhat tedious.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A surprising and intelligent Korean serial killer thriller that defies the viewer's expectations at every turn and combines taut suspense with black humor… More
Albert Kim
A classically made movie that is tense, captivating, and excellently paced. About every Korean movie that I've seen, I've dug the gritty, realistic,… More
paul oh
Well.....That was a molotov cocktail of a noir film. Truly blew me away with its absurd plot and dark characters. You really can't find something this… More
El Hombre Invisible
Time and time, again, I've been impressed with the quality of film from S. Korea. I enjoy filmmakers taking their time to tell a story and to stray… More
xGary Xx
An ex-cop fired for corruption now working as a pimp investigates when his girls start to go missing, leading him to a serial killer who is holding one of them… More
familiar stranger
Most of the popular South Korean movies have been successful in striking a deal with me too. And if it's a thriller/horror, I'm overjoyed. Having… More

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