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Na Hong-jin

The Chaser (추격자)

Classics Focus on Korean Cinema 125' - 2008 - Crime, Action, Drama - Dialogue: Korean
Director: Na Hong-jin Composer: Yong-rock Coi, Kim Jun-seok With: Kim Yoon-seok, Ha Jung-woo, Yeong-hie Seo
A virtuoso duel between a pimp watching his girls disappear one by one and the clever serial killer he is desperately trying to catch. Nail-beating and suspenseful.
Fri 14 Oct
17:15
Studio Skoop 1
Subtitles: Dutch - French
Sat 15 Oct
19:30
Studio Skoop 1
Subtitles: Dutch - French
Thu 20 Oct
14:00
Studio Skoop 1
Subtitles: Dutch - French

With his first full-length feature, Na Hong-jin immediately claimed his place among such brilliant Korean genre-bending filmmakers as Bong Joon-ho and Park Chan-wook. The entire film is a long, virtuosic duel between a pimp who sees his girl disappear one by one and the serial killer he is desperately trying to locate. His quest is also a race against time. The basic principle of the narrative is to cut back and forth between the static and terrifying huis clos of the killer and the urban environment of the chaser who is in constant motion. Downright remarkable is what intense and nail-biting spectacle the director draws from this classic scheme. The brutal efficiency of the tough and foul-mouthed protagonist contrasts sharply with the official police, composed of officers as childish as they are incompetent.

This film has been preserved by Cinematek.

"Na keeps pulling the rug out from under us, and his brawny genre exercise doubles nicely as a scream of social anguish, since most of the twisted screwups occur at the hands of bumbling or corrupt cops." - Time Out

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Credits

Director

Na Hong-jin

Composer

Yong-rock Coi, Kim Jun-seok

With

Kim Yoon-seok, Ha Jung-woo, Yeong-hie Seo

Scenario

Na Hong-jin, Hong Won-Chan, Lee Shinho

Director of Photography

Lee Sung-je

Editor

Kim Sun-min

Producer

Kim Su-jin, Yoon In-beom

Distributor

Cinéart

More information

Dialogue

Korean

Countries of production

South Korea

Year

2008

Filmography

Na Hong-jin
Wanbyeoghan domiyoli (2005), Sweat (2007), The Chaser (2008), The Yellow Sea (2010), The Wailing (2016)

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