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The Chaser(추격자)

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Korea

2008

Rated PG-13 • 2h 5m

Director Na Hong-jin

Starring Kim Yoon-seok, Ha Jung-woo, Seo Young-hee, Kim Yoo-jung

Genre Crime, Drama, Thriller

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Joong-ho is ex-detective turned pimp who runs a small prostitution ring. When several of his girls disappear without clearing their debts, Joong-ho tries to track them down and finds that they were last called by the same mysterious client, leading him on a deadly chase for a dangerous killer.

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70

The Hollywood Reporter by

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.
70

Variety by Justin Chang

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.
70

The New York Times by Mike Hale

While it could stand to lose 20 minutes and several plot twists, Mr. Na’s debut manages to be thought-provoking and adventurous while providing solid thrills.
60

Empire by Nick de Semlyen

Some of the tension drains from a slow middle act, but it remains a gripping tale of sleuth-work and moral awakening.
40

Village Voice by Nick Schager

A late-act tragedy drenched in bloodlust slow-mo epitomizes the film's poseur bleakness, with its treatise on individual and institutional amorality sabotaged by broad-stroke characterizations and a knotty narrative too reliant on twin modern-day horror tropes: preposterous decision-making and lousy cell phone service.
88

Chicago Sun-Times by 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.

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