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!
Reader Feedback - 18 Comments
im the first to say.... WOOOOOHOOOOO!!!!!
agentX on Apr 26, 2009
looks entertaining, but I dunno, I need more.
Movieraider321 on Apr 26, 2009
you really don't need more it is one of the best films of last year hands down
nelson on Apr 26, 2009
I wasn't blown away by this film. Don't get me wrong, there is some impressive work on display, I just felt that the motivation of the main character felt a little dubious at times. Also, for a movie titled THE CHASER, some of the chase scenes seemed quite pedestrian. Despite it's flaws I still found it to be mostly gripping and, in a few instances, inventive. Good, not great.
Ben Wilson on Apr 26, 2009
worst trailer ever
Cody on Apr 26, 2009
too bad hollywood will remake it.
Darrin on Apr 26, 2009
I'd have to disagree with anyone who says that adapting this film for north american audiences would be a horrible idea. I'm often the person who says ''why remake when you already have the original'', but out of all the south korean films I've seen, I'd have to say that this one felt rather conventional. And I might even go as far as saying Americanized. The story is not one that could only be told within the structure of the origin country and because of that the only thing that maintains the "south korean film" feel is the simple fact that is set in said country. If there is a historical context for a foreign film that tethers the story to a specific country then I would say Do Not Remake, but otherwise, fair game. The film was good, but could've been better.
Ben Wilson on Apr 26, 2009
yeah absolutely loved this last year. Showed it to a bunch of my friends who hadn't seen any korean cinema and they really liked it too. Its just a great thriller, keeps you on the edge of your seat, the performances are great awesome movie basically. i wouldnt hold my breath for the american version.
lui on Apr 26, 2009
You can purchase this film at: http://www.hkflix.com/home.asp
Mike G. on Apr 26, 2009
This is a great film. Very original, hardly predictable, superb cast and entertaining for whole time.
xMort on Apr 26, 2009
I like movies that really move me, no matter how they accomplish it. And I tell you: This movie is CRUEL! Be smart and watch the original!!!
iDellYou on Apr 27, 2009
I watched this last year..great story. I just can't believe a person(bad guy) can be hit by a person(good guy) that many times within 12 hours.LOL!
JoeG on Apr 27, 2009
Dim_one on Apr 27, 2009
i really enjoyed this film i thought it was an all round good film 8/10 and if you liked this film you might like this one its called "No Mercy for the Rude" its a great film same again 8/10 be nice to know what you think of it ok cool ps i love the site and think your view on films is pretty fair ok smile be happy all the best barry of bow "london" later pps all remakes by hollywood dont come close so please dont even bother trying lol
bazza67 on Apr 27, 2009
that trailer doesn't do the movie justice. terrible voice over that doesn't really desribe the film correctly. and whats up with them intentionally making the colors not as shart as they are in the original film.
Sean on Apr 27, 2009
Well what a voice over... Have to agree, this is a good film with some really intense moments! From my side here 8/10, too. But like @8, I think it still could have been better, and like @4 I had sometimes my problems with the intention (and mood...) of the main character, at least in the beginning. But on the 'positive' side: *little spoiler* this film is mostly uncompromising, no real 'deus ex machina' moments like in your standard thriller here. *littlespoilerends* (When you've seen the film, you'll know why I did this in apostrophes.)
cine_phil on Apr 28, 2009
I thought this was a fantastic thriller and one of the best films ive seen this year, i think Asian cinema is streets ahead of anything else at the moment. Dont get me wrong...i love all action Hollywood movies and im looking forward to a great summer, but Hollywood seems obsessed with remakes and reboots these days! Its always great when you see something well acted and CGI free! This movie has been out on dvd in the UK for a couple of months now...might be an idea to track this down on Play.com which is where i bought it!
vegasdanny on Apr 30, 2009
THIS MOVIE IS PHENOMENAL....i mean from start to finish i couldn't take my eyes off it. i was highly impressed. and i stayed with the characters..this is why i love foreign films.
squizzy on May 1, 2009
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