The Chaser (Dir. Na Hong-jin, 2008)
As explosive a debut as the country has ever seen, The Chaser made Na an instant international name. Far be it from being a one man show however, the film wouldn’t boast its gritty atmosphere without the gruff, barreling efficiency of Kim Yun-seok, the chillingly amoral Ha Jung-woo and the gravely grit of Lee Moo-gae’s shadowy back alley cinematography. Endlessly surprising as it turns all of our preconceived expectations to rubble, with The Chaser, Na shows us that you can still put a new spin on an old story.