Directed by: Na Hong-jin
Starring: Kim Yoon-seok (Jung-ho), Ha Jung-woo (Killer_, Seo Young-hee (Mi-jin), Koo Bon-woong (Jung-ho’s employee), Kim Yoo-jung (Mi-jin’s daughter)
Country: South Korea; Effed Up Asian Cinema
Language: Korean (Eng Subs); Effed Up Korean Movies
Genres: Gruesome, Serial Killer, Cops, Prostitution, Violence against Women
Plot – Spoilers:
Jung-ho, a Korean cop-turned-pimp, gets back to his detective ways when his girls start to go missing. He usually only cares about squeezing every drop of hookerism out of them whether or not they’re physically capable. But now it’s getting personal, as the guy he suspects of abducting his girls is really starting to piss him off.
Jung-ho tethers on the brink of turning into a tragic hero by also caring about things that don’t affect his business. So when he visits the home of the last missing girl and finds her daughter there all alone, the cop with him gives her his card asking her to call if she needs anything. But Jung-ho, rather than walk away, takes her along with him on his hunt.
The Chaser is a taut thriller that raises the hopes of its characters and viewers, only to mercilessly crush them. The maudlin angle with the little girl is merely an aside in an otherwise typically enjoyable Korean killer movie.