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Stripped of his badge because of corruption charges, ex-cop Joong Ho (Kim Yoon Seok) now runs an escort service. Though an angel fallen from the grace, Joong Ho stills hangs on to a speck of conscience. The recent surge of mysterious disappearances involving his girls have kept him on his toes. It is not until Mi Jin (Seo Young Hee, Shadows In The Palace) is sent out in response to a patron's call that Joong Ho realizes the phone number of Mi Jin's client matches that of the last call received by all of his missing girls. While frantically searching for Mi Jin, Joong Ho spots Young Min (Ha Jung Woo) whose bloodstains instinctually convince him that he's got the suspect in hand. Nabbing him, Joong Ho brings Young Min to the police, and astoundingly, the suspect confesses to the killings of all the missing prostitutes. Donning a conniving smirk, Young Min hints that Mi Jin could still be alive. Young Min is released due to lack of evidence, but rather than dispatching a search team for the missing captive, the police shift their focus on other issues. Taking the matters to his own hands, Joong Ho begins his relentless chase for the killer.
|Product Title:||Chaser (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) 追擊者 (VCD) (香港版) 追击者 (VCD) (香港版) チェイサー （香港版） Chaser (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Ha Jung Woo (Actor) | Seo Young Hee (Actor) | Kim Yoon Seok (Actor) | Kim Yoo Jung 河政佑 (Actor) | 徐 英姬 (Actor) | 金允錫 (Actor) | 金 裕貞 Ha Jung Woo (Actor) | 徐 英姬 (Actor) | 金允锡 (Actor) | 金 裕贞 ハ・ジョンウ (Actor) | ソ・ヨンヒ (Actor) | キム・ユンソク (Actor) | キム・ユジョン 하정우 (Actor) | 서영희 (Actor) | 김윤석 (Actor) | 김유정|
|Director:||Na Hong Jin 羅 宏鎮 罗 宏镇 ナ・ホンジン 나홍진|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1013641303|
Ex-detective pimp Jung-ho has a big problem on his hands. His girls keep disappearing without clearing their debts. One night, he gets a call from a customer and sends Mi-jin, one of his girls still remaining, while ignoring her refusal due to her bad cold. But when Mi-jin meets the customer against her will, Jung-ho realizes the phone number of the customer matches that of the calls the missing girls got last. As something smells fishy, he searches for her.
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Professional Review of "Chaser (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)"
This professional review refers to The Chaser (DVD) (DTS) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version)
Korean film The Chaser comes on an incredible wave of critical acclaim, having won the Grand Prize award at the 44th Baeksang Art Awards, as well as the five top prizes at the 45th Daejong Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor, not to mention having been very well received at Cannes. On top of this, it has also enjoyed great popular success, being the top earner at the domestic box office for 2008 to date. Incredibly, the film marks the first outing for director and screenwriter Na Hong Jin, who delivers an amazing assured crime thriller debut revolving around the grisly deeds of a real life serial killer who claimed more than twenty victims.
Said killer is Young Min (Ha Jung Woo, also in Kim Ki Duk's Breath and Time, who preys upon prostitutes, and the film starts as he grabs a girl working for pimp and ex-cop Joong Ho (Kim Yoon Seok, particularly memorable in Tazza: The High Rollers. After he realises that he has just sent Mi Jin (Seo Young Hee, recently in Shadows In The Palace, another of his girls, to the same client, Joong Ho decides to follow. When the poor woman disappears, he fears she has been sold, and searches the area for her in vain. Furious, he runs into a fleeing Young Min, and noticing the blood stains on his clothes, gives chase. Although he catches his murderous quarry, who is duly arrested by the police, and who quite freely confesses his crimes, the case only gets more complicated due to a lack of evidence. Tormented by the possibility that Min Jin may still be alive and determined to bring Young Min to justice, Joong Ho begins his own investigation, scouring the streets for clues.
The greatest strength of The Chaser is the fact that, despite what might sound like a familiar premise, it never plays out as expected, with Na weaving a complex and expertly crafted web of twists and turns. The film is tense right from the first scene, immediately catching the viewer off guard, and it proceeds in a manner guaranteed to keep even the most experienced genre fan on tenderhooks for the entire two hour running time. Na consistently defies convention, revealing the identity of the killer early on and making it perfectly clear what he is capable of, and then further flouting form by bringing the two leads into direct confrontation shortly after. Following this, it is clear that the film is truly something special, and indeed it proves to be a masterclass in suspense and clever plotting, somehow managing to keep notching up the tension even further. Na never drops the ball, and the story grips right through to the end, throwing in plenty of genuine surprises and showing a great use of dramatic irony. The film is marvellously unpredictable, a rare quality indeed in these days of cookie cutter thrillers, and he toys mercilessly with the viewer, skilfully employing misdirection and subverting genre motifs.
The film is similarly unconventional in its characters, with Joong Ho making for an anti-hero figure rather than a protagonist in the traditional or expected sense. Na bravely flouts the usual need for generating viewer sympathy, initially making him a truly rotten man, who thinks nothing of dragging Mi Jin out of her sick bed to work, and who spends most of the film hunting Young Min for his own financial ends. Thankfully, Na resists the temptation to follow the anticipated melodramatic search for redemption character development arc, or to throw in a sudden last act change of heart, instead taking a far more believable and satisfying route, working in a gradually growing sense of self-realisation and guilt. Kim Yoon Seok is wonderful in the role, and succeeds in the difficult task of bringing a genuine humanity to the character, and incredibly manages to ensure that he grows on the viewer as the film progresses. Young Min also makes for a fascinating villain, quite different to the psychos who tend to turn up in this kind of film. Although the film does explore his evil mind, wisely, no trite explanation is offered for his murderous madness, and he remains frighteningly aloof throughout.
Na's direction is excellent, and is amazingly mature consider that this is his debut feature. Showing a steady hand, he keeps the film stylish in an understated manner, eschewing the kind of fast editing and flashy tricks often favoured by first time helmers. The film has a subtle noir feel, with a moody, muted look, though at the same time being decidedly down to earth and gritty. Na is an expert at playing scenes for maximum tension, as is seen early on during a scene where he cuts back and forth between Young Min trying to drive a spike into an unfortunate victim's head and Joong Ho hopelessly trying to find him. His handling of the action scenes is similarly impeccable, and he keeps the film moving at a taut pace by throwing in plenty of kinetic chase scenes, ensuring that its title is appropriate. The film never shies from the gory details, and has a number of gruesome scenes, and these sudden bursts of brutal violence help to further its sense of grim realism.
As should be obvious from the gushing praise above, The Chaser is a magnificent piece of genre film making, which stands not only as the best Korean thriller of recent years, but indeed the best from anywhere. As close to perfection as it gets for an exercise in high tension, the film also enjoys far more psychological depth than many more straightforward character dramas. Na has shown himself to be a real talent, well deserving of the accolades the film has brought him, and his second feature will certainly be awaited with great interest.
by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com
Customer Review of "Chaser (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)"
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November 21, 2008
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Ace of a Chase
Although “The Chaser” isn’t as fast paced as it may sound (although certainly intense and disturbing), it features a distinctive blend of suspense, laconic humor and a serial killer moved by religious motifs to make one interesting and edgy film to recommend. It won’t fail to keep your attention firmly in its grasp. “The Chaser” also wins over by being more uniquely scripted, too – having tension laced with satire and humorous irony.
It’s a very different cop tracking killer thriller, too! For one you know from the outset who the killer is and secondly cop Jung Ho, who ‘chases’ the killer, is actually an ex-cop turned pimp who tries to locate one of his missing girls Mi Jin - who he believes to have been swiped by a rival escort racket. Although the rival ‘pimp’ is actually this film’s sadistic killer Young Min, who murders prostitutes and anyone else who happens to cross his path. “The Chaser” turns the ‘track the killer before striking’ type on its head – with the killer confronting Jung Ho early on in the film, getting arrested and then admitting to the police he is the serial killer they are looking for. The police are convinced, but the main problem is that the killer ‘forgets’ where he leaves his victims. What follows is Jung Ho earnestly tying to find Mi Jin alongside the police, who the killer attempted to murder and lies half dead in a basement, and the bumbling police’s ‘red tape’ approach before the killer’s un-authorized arrest and 12 hours interrogation are up. The cross fire between ‘pimp cop’ Jung Ho and the actual police is amazing scripting, too!
No doubt many who have enjoyed Chan Wook Park’s “Oldboy” will appreciate this film’s originality and intelligent twists to the usual generic script method of cops on the killer chase. I mean a call girl pimp cop - whatever next! The cast is brilliant! Yoon Suk Kin as Jung Ho has added another great role to the K-canon and will certainly be remembered for this film. Jung Woo Ha (Time, Breath, Fox Family) as the cool and disturbing killer is goose-bumpingly sinister. Young Hee So is one under used actress (she was ace in “Moodori”) and its great to see her talent here in the “The Chaser” albeit only briefly.
Don’t think high octane pulse racing action like K-movies “Seven Days” and “Princess Aurora”, but do anticipate a disturbingly sinister movie with satirical overtones and superb character acting that puts it along with all the other top Korean films of this age.