Must Watch: Official US Trailer for Na Hong-jin's The Chaser
by Alex Billington
April 26, 2009
Those of you who are fans of South Korean cinema need to watch this trailer for The Chaser. Okay, I'll admit that voiceover talking about how this is being remade is a bit ridiculous, however, the reason why this is great to see is because it's one of the best foreign films I've seen in the last few years and yet no one knows about it. I saw The Chaser at Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX last year and it was fantastic (no pun intended), really one of a few films that has stuck me since I first watched it, and I can't wait to see it again. Anyway, give this trailer a shot and if you're interested, please seek it out and watch it. You won't be let down.
The Chaser doesn't have huge action or anything like that, it's just a great story and incredibly captivating to watch play out. It's very realistic, very gritty and easily one of the best Korean films I've ever seen.
Watch the trailer for Na Hong-jin's The Chaser:
Joong-ho is a dirty detective turned pimp in financial trouble as several of his girls have recently disappeared without clearing their debts. While trying to track them down, he finds a clue that the vanished girls were all called up by a same client whom one of his girls is meeting with right now.
The Chaser is directed by first-time Korean filmmaker Na Hong-jin. The screenplay was co-written by Na Hong-jin, Lee Shinho (Love Impossible, My Mighty Princess), and Hong Won-Chan. This first premiered in South Korea in February of 2008, where it went on to earn at least $20 million at the Korean box office. It later premiered in the US at Fantastic Fest just last year. IFC Films is distributing it in the US and is at least showing it On Demand for now, although I'm not sure if it will ever hit theaters this year. Stay tuned!