IMDb > Chaw (2009)
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Chaw (2009) More at IMDbPro »Chawu (original title)

Photos (See all 4 | slideshow) Videos
Chaw -- A young police officer from Seoul transfers to a small country village and encounters a bumbling police force working with a special detective to solve some recent murders. As the bodies add up, it becomes clear that the gruesome deaths are attributed to a beast of an animal with a voracious appetite for human flesh.


User Rating:
5.9/10   759 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 14% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
View company contact information for Chaw on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
15 July 2009 (South Korea) See more »
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 »
(6 articles)
Chaw Review
 (From Twitch. 12 February 2010, 12:40 PM, PST)

Trailer, Featurette for Chaw
 (From shocktillyoudrop. 2 December 2009)

Korean Killer Boar Flick Chaw Headed To Region 1
 (From Beyond Hollywood. 26 October 2009, 5:53 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
Quirky monster movie that's not The Host, but still a lot of fun 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
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
Jeong-mi Lee ... Weekend farm female student's mother (as Lee Jeong-mi)

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)
Jeong-won Shin 
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
Junyoung Kim .... visual effects artist: Digitrove, Inc (as Jun Young Kim)
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)

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Chawu" - South Korea (original title)
"Chawz" - USA (DVD title)
See more »
Rated R for some creature violence and brief language
South Korea:121 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

The title is pronounced "chow", which means "trap" in Chungcheong dialect.See more »
Movie Connections:


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Quirky monster movie that's not The Host, but still a lot of fun, 19 May 2013
Author: Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom

CHAW is a South Korean monster movie that attempts to ride the wave of popularity that followed the similarly-themed THE HOST; while it can't hope to hold a candle to that outstanding film, it proves to be an entertaining enough comic yarn that offers more genuine laughs than most. It occupies a specific niche of Asian movies whose quirkiness alone is enough to give them instant cult appeal.

The story is a simple enough effort about a giant wild boar terrorising a rural community. There's all the usual hypocrisy amongst the police officers and detectives responsible for the village's safety, along with an outsider hero through whose eyes we witness the proceedings. The plot isn't dissimilar to the Aussie flick RAZORBACK, with various oddballs joining together to beard the beast in its lair – although, of course, it doesn't go entirely to plan.

Monster flicks like this live or die on the strength of their titular menace, and Chaw himself is a good 'un; a very well animated (with a mix of animatronics and CGI, it seems to me) and truly gigantic creature who chews on his victims in a series of grisly death scenes. The action follows the usual template, building up to big attacks and the final search-and-destroy mission, and it's all handled with relative aplomb.

The film goes for the humorous note throughout and it works; there's enough meat on the bones of the story to make it an enjoyable outing, even for those who've watched a dozen similar films. The acting is typically strong from the Korean performers, and director Shin Jeong-won clearly knows what he's doing.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (11 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Chaw (2009)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Anyone Else Thinks the Main Characters Are Mostly A##Holes? clubhonda
Giant Pig?, sound familiar? balls-2-DA-WALL
Perfect ending (spoilars!) kingbubba
UK 15 Cut m_chubbs
Josiah Lee?! junk_Email76
US Region 1 Two Disc? or no...? butcherofbakersfield
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Gremlins The Host Phone Rage The Red Shoes
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Comedy section IMDb South Korea section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.