Ex-detective pimp Jung-ho is angry because his girls keep disappearing without clearing their debts. One night, he gets a call from a customer and sends Mi-jin. But when Mi-jin meets the customer, Jung-ho realizes the phone number of the customer matches that of the calls the missing girls got last. As something smells fishy, he searches for her. During his search, Jung-ho dents a car in the alley. When Jung-ho spots blood splattered on the driver’s shirt, he senses the man, Young-min, is the suspect. After an intense chase, Jung-ho finally catches Young-min. But because of Jung-ho’s pretense as a cop, they are both taken to the police station. At the station, he bluntly tells the policemen that he has killed the missing women, and the last girl, Mi-jin, may still be alive. As the police force is obsessed with a random search for corpses, Jung-ho is the only one who believes Mi-jin is still alive. With only 12 hours left to detain the serial killer without a warrant, Jung-ho’s hunt begins. –Cannes Film Festival
In 2005 director Na Hong-jin received the Best Horror/Sci-fi Short Film Award at Mise-en-Scene Film Festival with his 9-minute and 30-second short film The Perfect Fishplate and made his spectacular feature debut with The Chaser in 2008, which swept the nation with over 5 million admissions and invited to the midnight special screening of the 61st Cannes Film Festival. His feature debut accumulated countless awards from all over the world and won the hearts of 20th Century Fox. Without superfluousness in his story and with speedy cuts, Na is heralded as a powerful figure who will lead a new wave of directors in Korea. –Yellow Sea Press Kit
Superb use of violence by connecting it to theme, character and not relying on conventions of genre. Very much influenced by "High and Low," but here the system fails and the individual must take charge. Action-packed and yet character driven the entire way. This is the fetishistic nature of violence, not the sensationalism of it -yes even the slow motion has a narrative reason to be there. Incredible flick.
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance if the cops bust in after half an hour, all "let's cool it with this shit." And then for another ninety minutes you're gritting your teeth wishing they'd get the hell out of the way and let a dude get to some bloody revenge. And when he does the cops totally blueball him there too! What the hell, cops. What the hell.
Just excellent. The director succeeds in making me feel frustrated and hopeless. Inept policework and the way bureaucracy results in the killer been released makes a welcome change to all the good guy wins crap that gets shown throughout the world. This is a bitter taste of real life. Brilliant cinematography and well acted. Another top rate Korean film.