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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.


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
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
Jae-Sung Jung Jae-Sung Jung ... Resident 2
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)
Ho-seok Kong Ho-seok Kong ... Old man in mountain villa


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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After filming in Seoul, the production crew and the main actors flew to the United States to shoot special effects scenes. The shooting lasted for 40 days in San Francisco. Misunderstandings in interpreting the nuance of a scene or dialogue sometimes arose between the U.S. special effects team and Korean actors due to different cultural backgrounds, but Uhm said, "after the shooting was over, we formed a strong team spirit, as if we battled together in a war." See more »


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Disappointing towards the end
18 October 2020 | by rguddu_indiaSee all my reviews

Starts well, some good funny characters introduced. Boar fear without it being seen much, works well in 1st half.

Then, having seen so many movies on lion hunt, tiger hunt, shark hunt movies, this movie's use of that pattern is hard to miss: monster attacks in a mass festival, that was allowed by an authority overriding warnings, a team of pro hunters is hired, they kill one & celebrate, but the real killer monster strikes, some retired legendary hunter takes on himself to finish the job, some traps don't work, some gunners fail to shoot in nervousness, characters tell each other their life stories around a gathering before the final showdown, etc.

So many of these ideas was used, with some humour definitely and some poor execution. Boar's unconvincing and clearly artificial look & movement was hard to reconcile with. Not enough fear/caution/naturalness towards the end seen in the hunters who enter the boar's territory, plus cliched poor decisions like not shooting, running slow with many pauses while being chased, easily escaping the boar who has trapped him a meter away.

Disgusting show of eating: a pig-head, a live fish in boiling water, bugs/larvae, bats. May be part of Korean culture but was horrible to watch. Boar's killing/killed scenes needed blood and body parts and that was fitting.

A 4-5/10 rating would be fair, +1 for the final chase on a rail line, -1 for the disgusting food shown.

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South Korea


Korean | English

Release Date:

15 July 2009 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Chawz See more »

Filming Locations:

Seoul, South Korea See more »


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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