The Chaser : DVD Review
Don’t expect any stunt-based hijinx from wacky Australian comedians in The Chaser, the latest intense Korean thriller from acclaimed director Na Hong-Jin, because you’ll be sorely disappointed.
In fact, one would assume if Chas Liccidello & Co attempted to recreate anything from this decidedly graphic crime tale – they’d be kicked off air quicker than you can say “APEC Security Breach”.
The Chaser follows a corrupt ex-cop turned pimp who finds himself in over his head when it’s revealed that several of his “girls” are not so much “missing”, as they are being “methodically picked off” (literally) by a depraved serial killer.
What follows is an excellently dark, welcomely humorous, piece of Korean cinema. There are plenty of twists and some fine performances that also keep things ticking along, especially from Ha Jeong-wo as the ever-so-creepy-yet-oddly-charming serial killer on the run.
The Chaser was a huge hit in its hometown, so it’s hardly surprisingly to hear that the folks behind The Departed have already snapped up the rights to produce the American version. But, as is often the case, stick with the original and it’s bounty of subtitles – it’s well worth the effort.
WATCH OUT FOR | RATING : 3.5 / 5