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There's a new Korean monster movie in town, and boy does it have bite! Directed by Shin Jung Won (Sisily 2km), the blockbuster thriller Chaw is about a mutant killer boar terrorizing a small village, and the ragtag team of five that sets out to stop the beast. Uhm Tae Woong (Forever the Moment) and Jung Yoo Mi (Family Ties) lead the cast of this unlikely but oh-so-entertaining feature that mixes horror and adventure with a healthy dose of camp and black comedy.

Shock and fear wash over the quiet, peaceful town of Sameri when ecologist Soo Ryeon (Jung Yoo Mi) discovers the body parts of a girl in the mountains. Officer Kim Kang Su (Uhm Tae Woong), newly transferred from Seoul, gets assigned to the case, but it soon transpires this is no ordinary homicide. Cheon Il Man (Jang Hang Seon), the victim's grandfather, is convinced that the culprit is a giant man-eating boar, and more will be claimed if the beast isn't taken down. Kim's own mother has gone missing in the woods. All interested in capturing the boar for reasons of their own, Kim, Cheon, Soo Ryeon, opportunistic hunter Baek (Yoon Je Moon), and detective Shin (Park Hyuk Kwon) head into the dangerous wilds, but will they make it back out alive?

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Product Title: Chaw (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) 駭人巨獸 (DVD) (中英文字幕) (台灣版) 骇人巨兽 (DVD) (中英文字幕) (台湾版) チャウ (DVD) (台湾版) 차우
Also known as: 食人野獸 食人野兽
Artist Name(s): Yoon Je Moon | Jung Yu Mi | Uhm Tae Woong | Park Hyuk Kwon 尹宰文 | 鄭有美 | 嚴泰雄 | 朴 赫權 尹宰文 | 郑有美 | 严泰雄 | 朴 赫权 ユン・ジェムン | チョン・ユミ | オム・テウン | パク・ヒョックォン 윤제문 | 정유미 | 엄태웅 | 박혁권 혁권
Director: Shin Jung Won 申晸湲 申晸湲 シン・ジョンウォン 신정원
Release Date: 2011-06-21
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 122 (mins)
Publisher: Sheng Chi Media (TW)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1024577627

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導演:申正沅

  智翼山附近一向平靜的村莊發生莫名凶案。村內的獵人千大叔(張航善飾),其孫女的屍體在草叢中被人意外發現,除了頭顱外,肉身支離破碎。類似的慘案陸續發生,轄區員警找不到絲毫線索,束手無策。

  曾任首爾交通警察的金刑警(嚴泰雄飾)被調往該村派出所,立即投入這件懸案的調查工作。經過眾人調查,發現原來兇手並非人類,而是山野中一隻身高兩米、長達四米的神秘食人野豬。消息發佈出來,全國獵人紛紛來到智翼山,欲將殺人野獸捕獲。然而,野豬異常兇猛,不但沒有被擒獲,還反過來襲擊獵人,並繼續危害村莊的安全…
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Professional Review of "Chaw (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)"

November 30, 2009

This professional review refers to Chaw (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version)
The monster movie returns to Korean screens in the unlikely form of a giant killer pig with Chaw directed by Shin Jung Won. Perhaps unsurprisingly, rather than taking itself seriously the film aims for a mixture of laughs and scares, something which Shin had dabbled with previously to some success with the wacky Sisily 2km. A big budget blockbuster thriller with a cast of familiar faces, the film certainly proved a hit at the domestic box office, racking up an impressive 1.25 million admissions during the first three weeks of its release, suggesting that audiences certainly do have an appetite for murderous pork.

The film is set in the rural village of Sameri, which has long been peaceful and crime free. All of this changes when a visiting ecologist called Soo Ryeon (Jung Yoo Mi, Family Ties) stumbles upon the half-eaten remains of a young woman. Having been transferred to the area from the big city, Officer Kim Kang Su (Uhm Tae Woong, recently in Forever the Moment) takes on the case, and quickly comes to the conclusion that a wild animal was responsible. As the attacks continue, retired big game hunter and grandfather of the first victim, Cheon Il Man (Jang Hang Seon), claims that the culprit was in fact a giant man-eating mutant boar, the result of Japanese pig breeding experiments. Eventually, once the town officials finally accept the truth, they bring in Baek (Yoon Je Moon), the nation's most famous hunter, who heads off to kill the murderous beast, with Soo Ryeon, Kim Kang Su and Cheon Il Man all in tow.

Its leftfield choice of killer creature aside, Chaw is a pretty straightforward outing, with all the expected elements of the monster genre very much present and correct. In fact, director Shin follows the time-honoured Jaws formula pretty much to the letter, right down to the catching of a lesser beast and the cutting open of its stomach to check for undigested victims. The film is filled with red-tinted POV shots, greedy local officials and authority figures that ignore the obvious danger and a great many other familiar motifs and themes that most viewers will spot early on. Whilst this does make the plot eminently predictable, Shin directs with a sense of enthusiasm, and the film comes across as good, old fashioned fun rather than being derivative or tired. The film certainly has a popcorn blockbuster feel to it, with slick production values, and good use of the gorgeous rural scenery, the mountains and forests providing an eye catching backdrop for the beast's rampage. Wisely, Shin throws in plenty of boar attacks, and this helps to keep the action moving along at a good pace, with a few gruesome moments that serve well to maintain a sense of threat, if perhaps not actual tension. The monster pig is kept off screen until the halfway mark, which proves to be for the best, as the CGI effects are not particularly wonderful, though they serve their purpose well enough. There are a number of standout set pieces, including a well staged night time attack on the crowded town hall, and the film does have a good thrill quotient.

What helps to set Chaw apart is its oddball sense of humour, a mixture of lowbrow and black comedy that works surprisingly well and sits comfortably with the essentially daft premise. Shin is one of the few directors who has proved himself capable of pulling off the tricky balancing act of thrills and laughs, and as with Sisily 2km the film is funny, and given the essentially daft premise, is undoubtedly all the better off for not taking itself seriously. Although not as refreshingly quirky or genre-challenging as Bong Joon Ho's The Host the proceedings do have a vaguely knowing, self referential feel, and Shin does a good job of poking fun at the form without undermining the film's own entertainment value. The cast are all likeable enough and certainly seem to be having a fine old time, which of course makes it all the easier for the viewer to jump onboard for the ride. Similarly, whilst the film is generally populated by instantly recognisable stereotypes, there are a handful of amusingly bizarre characters that Shin seems to employ for no other reason than tangential laughs, including a crazy witch woman living in the woods, whose only purpose is to pop up once in a while to cackle and give the others a fright.

As a result, Chaw makes for a great deal of fun, and is highly entertaining throughout, being one of the rare examples where horror and humour actually complement each other. Although it doesn't offer anything new, there really aren't enough old school monster films around these days, and Shin certainly scores points for managing to capture the spirit of the genre and for reminding fans of the form what made it so enjoyable in the first place.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (2)

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January 5, 2010

This customer review refers to Chaw (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version)
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Super Boar Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Although a comedy horror of sorts with buffoonery and satirical slapstick, “Chaw” is mainly a dry humoured and intense ‘monster’ drama featuring some messy and quite grisly scenes therein. Imagine Jaws on land with a wild mad boar on the loose acquiring a taste for humans as a means of survival. Chaws of course.

Certainly the mood of impending danger is thrust at the audience by “Chaw’s” dramatic opening credits, followed by some crazy village police running up and rolling down an embankment after they (shock, horror) find an actual crime as occurred in the crimeless village of Sameri. Reason - a burial grave as been dug up and the unfortunate deceased left with only his head. Later a local village girl after being hit by a truck and thrown over an embankment by two men attempting to avoid imprisonment for reckless and drunk driving, cause the girl to get eaten by a…wild boar. Shin, a cool nior type detective and the comedy police investigate a second crime! Shift to Seoul city where police officer Kang Su (Tae Woong Uhm) is given transfer instructions to move to Sameri (cuz he said ‘anywhere’ concerning his alternative policing area) along with his pregnant wife and batty mother, soon gets himself roped into the village’s grisly boar killings. For a while Kang Su and the village police believe a homicide (what? No crime village?) until Il Man (Hang Seon Jang – the builder fellow from K-drama “The Lovers”) the father of the dead missing girl and retired wild animal hunter, ascertains to police a wild boar (a big one at that…a mutation) had killed (eaten) his daughter. With help at hand by Baek (Je Moon Yoon), a professional animal hunter and a Norwegian team of snipers, all go out to free the villagers of the dangerous threat. But when the wrong boar is killed this enrages the Super Boar to seek revenge for the killing of his mate.

Like “The Host” this similarly concerns itself about Real World Issues of commercial profit above threat of extinction. Concerns soon diluted however when a motley crew of characters hunt down the oversized killer boar, which takes main plot precedence. “Chaw” definitely shows it’s ‘teeth’ in the mad barn scene and the acting and character camaraderie is excellent throughout with a brilliant quality cast. Final was a little lacklustre though and the crazy woman element hardly fleshed out much (even satirically). The 2-disk DVD set also features 86 minutes of extra informative material.
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November 30, 2009

This customer review refers to Chaw (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version)
Thrilling Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Chaw is a good movie. Although its unlikely to breed a wild boar as big as that the thrill is still amazing. It an ok film..

I would rather borrow instead of buying though.
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