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The Chaser

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Revised RomanizationChugyeokja
Directed byNa Hong-jin
Written by
  • Na Hong-jin
  • Shinho Lee
  • Hong Won-chan
Produced by
  • Kim Su-jin
  • Yun In-beom
  • Kim Yoon-seok
  • Ha Jung-woo
CinematographyLee Sung-jae
Edited byKim Sun-min
Music by
  • Kim Jun-seok
  • Choi Yong-rak


Big House

Distributed byShowbox

Release date

  • 14 February 2008

Running time

124 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
Budget$2.6 million
Box officeUS$35.8 million[1]

The Chaser (Korean: 추격자; RR: Chugyeokja) is a 2008 South Korean action thriller film[2][3] starring Kim Yoon-seok and Ha Jung-woo. It was directed by Na Hong-jin in his directorial debut.[4] Inspired by real-life Korean serial killer Yoo Young-chul, certain scenes were shot on location around Mangwon-dong in the Mapo District, Seoul.


Joong-ho is a dishonest ex-detective turned pimp who is in financial trouble because two of his prostitutes have gone missing. One night, he commands Mi-jin to lớn service a customer, despite her protests over her sickness. Joong-ho then realizes this customer was the last to lớn see his missing girls. Believing that this customer is trafficking his women, Joong-ho nevertheless sends Mi-jin in ví that she can forward the customer's address to lớn him. Joong-ho contacts his old police task force for help, but they cannot assist because the mayor of Seoul, whom they were guarding, has been attacked with feces; this results in the police suffering a truyền thông media firestorm.

The customer, Yeong-min, takes Mi-jin back to lớn the house but Mi-jin fails to lớn tương tác Joong-ho due to lớn the bathroom having no cell service. Yeong-min binds Mi-jin, but her struggles prevent her murder with a chisel, ví Yeong-min hits her with a hammer, knocking her out. Just then, an elderly couple from the local church arrives, inquiring about the real house owner, Mr. Park; they recognize his dog. Yeong-min then invites the elderly couple in and murders them.

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Joong-ho, only aware of the customer's district, searches. Yeong-min tries to lớn ditch the couple's siêu xe, but collides with Joong-ho's siêu xe. Joong-ho's suspicions are aroused as Yeong-min has blood on his shirt and refuses to lớn give his phone number. Joong-ho calls the customer's number and Yeong-min's phone rings. Yeong-min flees but is caught and beaten by Joong-ho. Both men are arrested by a local cop. At the station, Yeong-min casually admits that he committed nine murders. Competing police divisions argue over who will investigate the high-profile unsolved murders in the area.

Despite the confession, the police have no physical evidence ví they cannot detain Yeong-min for long. Yeong-min reveals Mi-jin is alive, but the police doubt it. Joong-ho goes to lớn Mi-jin's apartment to lớn collect DNA samples, and from there he takes Mi-jin's daughter Eun-ji with him while he follows up a lead in Yeong-min's hometown. Joong-ho learns that Yeong-min was jailed for three years for lobotomizing his nephew. Another prostitute informs Joong-ho that Yeong-min is impotent. When Yeong-min is questioned about his impotency being part of his motive, he attacks the interrogator. Joong-ho's assistant finds a room where Yeong-min had once lived; Joong-ho discovers religious drawings on the room's walls. Eun-ji wanders off while following a woman who looks lượt thích her mother, then meets with an accident and is brought to lớn a hospital by Joong-ho.

Yeong-min provides a false lead after being again beaten by Joong-ho. The prosecutor discovers Yeong-min's injuries and demands Yeong-min's release, refusing to lớn wait for DNA test results. Saying that Yeong-min's arrest will be seen as the police's attempt to lớn save face, the prosecutor demands Joong-ho's arrest for injuring Yeong-min. Joong-ho is handcuffed and attacks his former teammates to lớn escape; one of them frees him.

Meanwhile, Mi-jin freed herself and escaped from the house. Badly injured, she finds help at a nearby corner cửa hàng, and hides in the back. The police are informed, but the nearest officers are fast asleep. Yeong-min stops at the same cửa hàng to lớn buy cigarettes. Not knowing Yeong-min is the attacker himself, the shopkeeper tells him about Mi-jin's story, asking him to lớn stay to lớn protect them from the attacker while they await the police. Yeong-min uses the shopkeeper's hammer to lớn murder both her and Mi-jin. Alerted by police sirens, Joong-ho arrives finding the police have cordoned off the bloody cửa hàng. Yeong-min escapes off-camera back to lớn Mr. Park's house, where he stores Mi-jin's severed head and hands in a fish tank. Yeong-min buries the elderly couple and kills Mr. Park's dog.

The humiliated police throw everything into the tìm kiếm for Yeong-min, while the story is leaked to lớn the public. A distraught Joong-ho follows a lead to lớn the local church, and then notices that a church statue matches the drawings he had seen in Yeong-min's old room. As Mr. Park was the sculptor and Yeong-min his "assistant", the deacon points Joong-ho to lớn Mr. Park's house.

Joong-ho enters the residence, interrupting Yeong-min's departure. They fight, with Joong-ho ultimately getting the upper hand, but the police arrive and restrain Joong-ho from killing Yeong-min. Yeong-Min is taken away while the police excavate the yard, finding several bodies.

The film ends with Joong-ho sitting silently by Eun-ji in her hospital room, holding her hand.

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  • Kim Yoon-seok as Eom Joong-ho, pimp and former police officer
  • Ha Jung-woo as Je Yeong-min, serial killer
  • Seo Young-hee as Kim Mi-jin, prostitute
  • Koo Bon-woong as Oh-jot, Eom Joong-ho's assistant
  • Kim Yoo-jung as Eun-ji, Mi-jin's daughter
  • Jung In-gi as Detective Lee
  • Park Hyo-joo as Detective Oh
  • Choi Jung-woo as Chief of Police
  • Min Kyeong-jin as Team chief
  • Oh Yeon-ah as Sung-hee
  • Kim Sun-young as Ji-yeong


Box office[edit]

The Chaser was released in South Korea on February 14, 2008.[5] On its opening weekend it grossed US$3,914,847 and was ranked second at the box office, behind American film Jumper.[6] It then topped the box office for three consecutive weekends,[7][8][9] and as of June 1, 2008, had grossed a total of US$35,760,133.[1] The Chaser received a total of 5,120,630 admissions nationwide, which made it the third most popular film in South Korea in 2008, after The Good, the Bad, the Weird and Scandal Makers.[5]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, The Chaser holds an approval rating of 80%, based on 30 reviews, and an average rating of 6.7/10. Its consensus reads, "A frantic and taut Korean serial killer thriller. One classy, if bloody and messy, gut wrencher of a movie."[10] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 64 out of 100, based on 11 critics, indicating "generally positive reviews".[11]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Remakes and similar productions[edit]

In March 2008, the remake rights to lớn The Chaser were bought by Warner Bros. for US$1 million. William Monahan was in early discussions to lớn write the script, with Leonardo DiCaprio named as a potential star; no giao dịch have been mix. Monahan and DiCaprio were both involved in Martin Scorsese's The Departed, a successful remake of the classic Hong Kong thriller Infernal Affairs .[14] Murder 2 , a 2011 Indian Bollywood psychological thriller film, is an unofficial remake of The Chaser.[15]


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  15. ^ "The original Murder 2 director in town!". Hindustan Times. 2011-10-20. Retrieved 2021-04-30.

External links[edit]

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  • The Chaser at the Korean Movie Database
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  • The Chaser at AllMovie
  • The Chaser at Rotten Tomatoes