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A black comedy about the events that are set into motion in a town after a man-eating boar goes on a rampage. | Add synopsis »
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Chaw Review
 (From Twitch. 12 February 2010, 12:40 PM, PST)

Trailer, Featurette for Chaw
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Korean Killer Boar Flick Chaw Headed To Region 1
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South Korean giant wild killer pig movie – "another one?", I hear you sigh. See more (11 total) »


Won-Young Choi ... Choi Seong-Wook
Tae-woong Eom ... Police Officer Kim
Kim Gi-Cheon ... Village headman
Seong-kwang Ha ... Senior
Yoo-i Ha ... Choon-hwa

Philip Hersh ... Police Officer Kim (voice: English version)
Moon Ho-jin ... Weekend farm husband
Park Hye-jin-i ... Mother
Jeong Jae-Seong ... Resident 2
Hang-Seon Jang ... Cheon Il-man, hunter
Yu-mi Jeong ... Su-ryeon
Yun-min Jeong ... Officer
Lee Jeong-mi ... Weekend farm female student's mother
Moon-ee Jo ... President Kwak
Moon Jong-Hoon ... Officer
Hye-Jeong Kim ... Woman who breaks bottle
Jong-ho Kim ... Traffic chief officer
Ho-seok Kong ... Old man in mountain villa
Beom-Taek Kwon ... Autopsy doctor
Oh-jin Kwon ... Resident 3 / Grave owner

Josiah D. Lee ... Hyung Sa
Sang-hee Lee ... Police stand chief
Sang-baek Nam ... Resident 1
Seong No-jin ... Man in truck 2
Earl Wayne Ording ... Hero Dog (as Earl)
Chang-ik Park ... Deok-goo
Hyuk-kwon Park ... Detective Shin
Ko Seo-hee ... Deok-goo's mom
Ji Seong-Geun ... Drunkard
Scott Smith ... Finnish Hunter 1
Park Woong-Seon ... Man in truck 1
Kwon Yeong-Gook ... Senior policeman Jeong
Choi Yoon-seo ... Weekend farm wife
Je-mun Yun ... Hunter Baek
Hyeon-hwa Heo ... Mi-yeong (uncredited)

Directed by
Jeong-won Shin 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sin Jeong-won 
Kim Yong-Cheol 

Produced by
Wonsuk Chin .... producer
Doo Jin Kim .... executive producer
Ji Yeon Kim .... line producer
Taerry Kim .... co-producer
Dae Hoon Lee .... co-producer
Hans Uhlig .... executive producer
Dong Bok Yom .... producer
Cinematography by
Barry Stone 
Film Editing by
Jae-geun Choi 
Casting by
Michael Ching 
Production Design by
Sung Gun Jung 
Art Direction by
Yun Teak Kong 
Set Decoration by
Dean Backer 
Costume Design by
Jung Ae Kwak 
Makeup Department
Jihyun Kim .... assistant makeup artist
Robert Mrazik .... assistant makeup artist
Lisa Zomer .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Heidi Erl .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Grace Liu .... local second assistant director
Geoffrey Sawyer .... first assistant director
Art Department
Lawrence Hornbeck .... on-set dresser
Sean House .... assistant property master
John Lee .... art production assistant
Andrew Lewis .... property master
Ben Nichols .... construction coordinator
Heather Tompkins .... set decoration shopper
Sound Department
Tae-young Choi .... supervising sound editor
Scott Kinzey .... boom operator
Chung Gyu Lee .... foley artist
Min Young Park .... dialogue editor
Yong Ki Park .... adr mixer
Andy Wiskes .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Carol Bauman .... lead creature fabricator
Dan Hauck .... model maker
Visual Effects by
Diana Argos .... visual effects coordinator
Seung Woo Cho .... lead animator: Digitrove, Inc
Yu Jung Choi .... animator: Digitrove.Inc
Birch Chou .... digital compositor: Digitrove, Inc
Yueh-Hua Chou .... technical director
Ayse Dedeoglu .... animation coordinator: Polygon Entertainment
Bryan Dewe .... mechanical designer
Heather Han .... digital compositor: Digitrove, Inc
Joe Henke .... visual effects consultant
Sunghwan Hong .... paint/roto artist: Digitrove, Inc
Tony Hurd .... production operations manager: Polygon Entertainment
Erik Jensen .... creature effects supervisor
Soyeon Jung .... roto/paint artist
Dohoon Kim .... animator: Digitrove.Inc
Jae Hoon Kim .... character modeler: Digitrove, Inc
Jia Kim .... digital compositor: Digitrove, Inc
Jin Yong Kim .... digital compositor: Digitrove, Inc
Jun Young Kim .... visual effects artist: Digitrove, Inc
Kwang Jib Kim .... visual effects producer
Seryong Kim .... visual effects superviser: Digitrove.Inc
Dong Su Kwak .... lead modeler: Digitrove, Inc
Jin Kwon .... rigging supervisor
Kui Han Lee .... visual effects consultant
Sang Woo Lee .... animator: Digitrove.Inc
Soyoun Lee .... paint/roto artist: Digitrove, Inc
Taehee Lee .... digital compositor: Digitrove, Inc (as Tae Hee Lee)
Taehee Lee .... technical director
Young Seok Lee .... digital compositor: Digitrove, Inc
Betsy Mueller .... lighting technical director: Digitrove. Inc
Hunjin Park .... animator: Digitrove.Inc
Aaron Rhodes .... colorist: Polygon Entertainment
Frederic Schmidt .... digital compositor: Digitrove, Inc
Dong Yeop Shin .... computer graphics supervisor
Bongkee Sohn .... character setup lead
Ryan Michael Todd .... lighting technical director: Digitrove, Inc
Danny Wagner .... creature designer
Momo Yang .... matchmove artist: Digitrove, Inc
David Nathanael Beck .... matchmove artist: elementFX (uncredited)
Hector Fajardo .... utility stunts
Kevin Larson .... stunt coordinator
Andrew Mew .... utility stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Jonathan Bowerbank .... first assistant camera
Stephen Buckingham .... camera operator
Gerardo Cabrera .... set grip
Benjamin Casias .... second assistant camera
Ian Chriss .... best boy grip
Gareth Clary .... rigging grip
John Critchfield .... set electrician
Evan Davies .... best boy rigging grip
Kenneth D. Emanuele .... set electrician
Chris Galdes .... electrician
Gary Gill .... key grip
Greg Johnson .... lamp operator
Jangwook Kim .... still photographer
Kenneth 'Spike' Kirkland .... first lamp operator
Darrell M. Lee .... rigging grip
Bruce McGregor .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Gordon McIver .... gaffer
Jamie Metzger .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Andrea Miraglia .... Steadicam operator
David Mong .... grip
Cisco Rivera .... second assistant camera
Chris Sanders .... set grip
Eric Schultz .... second assistant camera
Eric Schultz .... video assist technician
Chris Shellenberger .... set electrician
Terry Sullivan .... best boy electric
Marc Wall .... dolly grip
Jeremy Wong .... second assistant camera
Alex Worster .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Animation Department
Miguel A. Fuertes .... animation supervisor
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Kruzich .... costumer
Editorial Department
So-Yeon Kim .... assistant editor
Transportation Department
Mark E. Hough .... driver
Other crew
Diana Argos .... production coordinator
Harim Baek .... script supervisor
Olivia Bouwkamp .... production secretary
Matt Chapman .... production assistant
Ik Hyun Choi .... production assistant
Dong Chu .... production assistant
Matthew S. Davis .... production assistant
Daniel Haaf .... production assistant
Howard Harris .... production assistant
Lance Hoffman .... location manager
Rygg Larsen .... production assistant
Dionne Lotivio .... assistant production coordinator
Allen Park .... production assistant
Russell Smith .... production assistant
Carolina Solorzano .... production assistant
Sung Hee Song .... production assistant
Christopher Waters .... production accountant (as Chris Waters)

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Also Known As:
"Chawu" - South Korea (original title)
"Chawz" - USA (DVD title)
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Rated R for some creature violence and brief language
South Korea:121 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:MA (2010) | Canada:14A (Manitoba) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (DVD rating) | France:U (with warning) (DVD rating) | New Zealand:R16 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:NC-16 (DVD rating) | South Korea:12 | UK:15 (cut) | USA:R (certificate #46753)
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4 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
South Korean giant wild killer pig movie – "another one?", I hear you sigh., 25 April 2011
Author: oneguyrambling from Australia

No this isn't a Bruce Lee film. This is a South Korean giant wild killer pig movie – "another one?", I hear you sigh.

When the self proclaimed "crimeless village" of Sameri in South Korea is beset by a 500kg 6 foot tall killer boar it's fair to say the locals are unprepared and largely incapable of handling the beastie. After all, all bar one of the cops are a bunch of lazy idiots, the new guy arrived in town that day and the local citizens would win a "Crazy-off" with the 90s TV town of Twin Peaks hands down.

Locals start falling off the map and reappearing as various limbs and fragments of body-parts, newly interred corpses are summarily exhumed, and buses full of curious city folk show up to pick the local organic produce – but are really there to get Chaw-gnawed.

So outside help is sourced, including experienced and renowned hunters, a pack of dogs, and some skylarking adventure seekers. The locals want the thing dead, the hunters want trophies and a bunch of greenies just want everyone to get along. The hunt goes on and a large pig is taken down – ce-le-brate good times… Come on? Nope, it turns out that the big fat beast wasn't Oprah on another of her around the world publicity stunts but the psycho killer pig's missus.

Now: it's personal.

As tends to happen in these film a rag tag bunch of disparate individuals forms to take on Porky high in the mountains that flank the village, each with their own specialty, motivation and story to tell – usually late at night around a campfire in a moment of surprising vulnerability.

Now this is a big scary animal movie so I can't finish without discussing the big scary animal, and this is where Chaw really disappoints. In a few scenes Chaw is a guy(s) in a suit and in close ups and confined spaces it looks like a puppet. Both of these efforts were acceptable… in long shots and action sequences however Chaw was 100% distracting CGP – Computer Generated Pork. The size and weight of Chaw seemed to vary greatly in shot to shot, he had no obvious momentum or force when he was changing direction or running, and in certain scenes he just looked damned… cuddly.

In the early going they were wise to minimise the sightings and on screen depiction of Chaw, towards the end when he was all over the shop I almost laughed every time he appeared on screen – especially when he morphed into cuddly-wuddly piggy-wiggy for some shots.

Chaw has no real gore at all to speak of, most of the deaths appear offscreen and the only real evidence aside from muffled screams and quick cutaways are the random body parts alluded to earlier. There is way too much exposition and unnecessary character development for what is essentially a silly B flick with an audience only demanding "get to the killer pig!", leaving us with a 90 minute film that unfortunately takes two hours to watch.

In this way it reminded me of The Host from a couple years back, but while that film supplied a carefully rendered, original beastie as the primary threat Chaw is only able to proffer a size changing, largely unreal – and often fluffy! – giant pork chop.

Final Rating – 5 / 10. For most lovers of slightly obscure cinema "South Korean killer pig" flick is a big enough hook to initiate a search for the video shop card – it sure was for me. But Chaw is one little piggie that should have stayed home.

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