The Chaser

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    Directed by:

    Na Hong-Jin

    Joong-ho is a dirty detective turned pimp in financial trouble as several of his girls have recently disappeared without clearing their debts. While trying to track them down, he finds a clue that the vanished girls were all called up by a same client whom one of his girls is meeting with right now. He has just twelve hours to find evidence against the killer before the bureaucratic Seoul police department are forced to release him to continue his reign of terror.


    • Kim Yoon-seok as Eom Joong-ho, pimp and former police officer
    • Ha Jung-woo as. Je Yeong-min, serial killer
    • Seo Young-hee as Kim Mi-jin, prostitute

    Critical Response:

    On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, The Chaser holds an approval rating of 80%, based on 30 reviews, and an average rating of 6.7/10. Its consensus reads, "A frantic and taut Korean serial killer thriller. One classy, if bloody and messy, gut wrencher of a movie." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 64 out of 100, based on 11 critics, indicating "generally positive reviews".

    Box Office:

    The Chaser was released in South Korea on February 14, 2008. On its opening weekend it grossed US$3,914,847 and was ranked second at the box office, behind American film Jumper. It then topped the box office for three consecutive weekends, and as of June 1, 2008, had grossed a total of US$35,760,133. The Chaser received a total of 5,120,630 admissions nationwide, which made it the third most popular film in South Korea in 2008, after The Good, the Bad, the Weird and Scandal Makers.