The Chaser (Chugyeogja) Reviews

February 4, 2010
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).
February 2, 2010
Easily the best cop thriller since The Departed.
January 28, 2010
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.
December 30, 2009
The pessimism of Na's slick debut rings false.
December 30, 2009
South Korean first-timer Na Hong-jin offers nasty thrills, manic foot chases and some genuinely subversive riffs on the police procedural.
October 18, 2008
A grisly serial-killer thriller that develops into a howl of outrage at the ineptitude of the system.
September 19, 2008
But The Chaser delivers as a piece of cinema rather like Seven did - it doesn't let up for a moment.
September 19, 2008
It's twisty, provocative and impressively grim, a sort of Asian-extreme Manhunter for the strong of nerve.
September 19, 2008
It's atmospheric but derivative, and I didn't find the denouement's Christian imagery convincing.
September 19, 2008
Watching the Korean film The Chaser is like chewing diamonds - you know there's something of value in there but mostly it's just a mess of pain and blood.
September 19, 2008
This playfulness, however, backfires massively in the second half when coincidence and unforeseen consequence conspire uneasily with bloody, messy results.
August 28, 2008
It runs so fast and twisted a course through a range of tones and genres that just trying to keep up will leave the viewer as breathless as the monstrous protagonist - and it has a real social conscience to boot.