Hello there. Hope you're feeling well.
Sunday afternoons are probably the worse day to feel dull in. Given how tomorrow is after all Monday.. But I'd promised daughter (who is I must point out 19) to watch a Korean movie that afternoon on the condition that I made the choice.
Daughter's lockdown hobby during this time of Covid seems to be all things South Korean for reasons I don't particularly get. It started with girl pop groups then moved on to boy band groups and has definitely moved on from there. Given that she had the advantage in knowledge I wasn't going to let her choose a young adult rom-com or something with a Supernatural element which judged on Netflix appears to be a standard fare
I've called her my Korea advisor.
I chose the 2017 crime thriller The Chase starring Baek Yoon-silk. He plays an old, grumpy unpopular landlord living by himself who finds himself investigating with an ex detective the possibility that a serial killer has returned to where a series of deaths were committed thirty years previously to restart them again.
It's this that is the film's strongest card. Creating a character that though not evil is dislikeable and making him the guy the audience has to root for. The fact that it works is a testament to the writing and the acting of Mr Yoon-Silk.
This movie is also good at not pretending that being old is a disadvantage in such situations. Not just in terms of the central character's life but also in some of the killer's initial victims.
Finally it is set in a poorer part of a Korean city. There is nothing in any way that you could describe as "glossy" that some other movies I've seen could be described as. It's a setting that's believable.
The Chase is a misleading title. Given that it's more a race against time as the realisation dawns that the killer has kidnapped a young woman. The big reveal was not a surprise either. Not my first guess but definitely my second. It was daughter's absolute guess which she did not hesitate to remind me of for the rest of the day.
Ultimately though it's the characters (including the ex detective helping the landlord) which pushes this movie above the norm. Acting wise it's faultless. Definitely one of those films that's quietly different but works.
And it passes the time on a cold, dull Sunday.
Until the next time.