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Chaw (2009)

Chawu (original title)
A black comedy about the events that are set into motion in a town after a man-eating boar goes on a rampage.

Director:

Jeong-won Shin
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Credited cast:
Tae-woong Eom ... Police Officer Kim
Seong-kwang Ha Seong-kwang Ha ... Senior
Yoo-i Ha Yoo-i Ha ... Choon-hwa
Philip Hersh ... Police Officer Kim (voice)
Moon Ho-jin Moon Ho-jin ... Weekend farm husband
Jung Jae-Sung Jung Jae-Sung ... Resident 2
Hang-Seon Jang Hang-Seon Jang ... Cheon Il-man, hunter
Yun-min Jeong Yun-min Jeong ... Officer
Moon-Eui Jo Moon-Eui Jo ... President Kwak
Moon Jong-Hoon Moon Jong-Hoon ... Officer
Yu-mi Jung ... Su-ryeon
Hye-Jeong Kim Hye-Jeong Kim ... Woman who breaks bottle
Jong-ho Kim Jong-ho Kim ... Traffic chief officer
Ki-Cheon Kim Ki-Cheon Kim ... Village headman (as Kim Gi-Cheon)
Seo-hie Ko ... Deok-goo's mom (as Ko Seo-hee)
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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.

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Rated R for some creature violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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Director Jeong-won Shin said his film adopted a typical Hollywood B movie monster narrative to tackle environmental issues, particularly the serious destruction inflicted on Korea's ecology. He said Korea had never had a film dealing with real-life killer creatures like Alligator and Anaconda and was "intrigued by the idea of a familiar animal attacking and killing humans and wanted to create something out of this unexpectedness. But most of all, I wanted something funny and unique." See more »

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Quirky monster movie that's not The Host, but still a lot of fun
19 May 2013 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

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.


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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

15 July 2009 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Chawz See more »

Filming Locations:

Nicasio, California, USA See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,660,802
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Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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