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The Chaser (2008) More at IMDbPro »Chugyeogja (original title)

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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.
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Release Date:
14 February 2008 (South Korea) See more »
Joong-ho is a dirty detective turned pimp in financial trouble as several of his girls have recently disappeared without clearing their debts... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Yun-seok Kim ... Joong-ho Eom

Jung-woo Ha ... Young-min Jee

Yeong-hie Seo ... Mi-jin Kim
Yoo-Jeong Kim ... Eun-ji
In-gi Jeong ... Detective Lee
Hyo-ju Park ... Detective Oh
Bon-woong Ko ... Oh-jot
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Seong-kwang Ha ... Detective Park
Jong-goo Lee ... Profiler
Sang-hee Lee
Moo-yeong Yeo ... Police commissioner

Directed by
Hong-jin Na 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Won-Chan Hong  written by
Shinho Lee  written by
Hong-jin Na  written by

Produced by
Moon-su Choi .... line producer
Sujin Kim .... producer
In-beom Yoon .... producer
Original Music by
Yong-rock Choi 
Cinematography by
Sung-je Lee 
Film Editing by
Sun-min Kim 
Art Direction by
Min-bok Lee 
Costume Design by
Kyung-hwa Chae 
Makeup Department
Hee Eun Lee .... special makeup effects artist
Yeon-jeong Shin .... makeup artist
Sound Department
Shin-yong Kim .... production sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Tae-hun Kim .... visual effects supervisor
Eui Dong Park .... technical supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Bong-sun Byun .... camera team
Editorial Department
Eunsong Lee .... digital intermediate colorist
Other crew
Chris Besseling .... uk marketing executive: metrodome

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Chugyeogja" - South Korea (original title)
"Chaser" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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125 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:MA (2009) | Canada:R (Manitoba) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 | France:-12 (with warning) | Germany:18 | Hong Kong:III | Ireland:18 | Japan:R-18 (original rating) | Japan:R-15 (re-rating on appeal) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 (DVD rating) | Switzerland:18 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:18 (canton of Vaud) | Taiwan:R-18 | UK:18
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Did You Know?

The part where Young-min (Jung-woo Ha) slips as Joong-ho (Yun-seok Kim) chases him in the alley was not scripted. Actor Jung-woo Ha actually did slip on the slippery pavement while shooting, but kept running anyway. Director Hong-jin Na liked that cut so much that he kept it in the final edit.See more »
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Referenced in O Cão (2010)See more »


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37 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
The Hillside Hammer Basher, 8 January 2009
Author: ElijahCSkuggs from Happy Land, who lives in a Gumdrop House on Lolly Pop Lane

The Chaser revolves around an ex-detective turned pimp who's under serious stress when he finds out his girls are being sold by a mysterious client. He goes on the chase to find this guy and put an end to his missing girls...and missing money. What begins to unfold is something him, the police or anyone for that matter, were unprepared to take on.

Time and time again the film-makers from South Korea succeed and The Chaser is no different. With believable writing, fantastic acting (especially the lead who reminded me of Min Sik Choi) and an air of originality, Chaser easily became one of my favorite flicks of 2008. With side-stories aplenty, an evil villain and some brutal violence this is something any fan of darker film should enjoy.

If you enjoy serious drama, investigation films, serial killers, great acting, you'll definitely enjoy this picture. I just wished they had a different title for the film. I like my title better. :)

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