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Director(s): Jeong-won Shin
Country: South Korea
IMDB Rating: 5.9
A black comedy about the events that are set into motion in a town after a man-eating boar goes on a rampage.
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KineticSeoul (16 May 2013)
Okay so the plot is basically about a huge over-sized boar that isterrorizing and killing the people in the country size, and it has someKorean humor thrown in as well. This is one of those movies that shouldnot be taken seriously and just accept the things that happen in orderto enjoy it, the characters in this also act very awkward in certainsituations that adds to the humor. As monster movies go this isn't agreat movie, but the characters are developed for the most part withthere own motives and the slapstick humor actually worked well in this.The special effects are not that good but passable for a B-movie. Thecharacter interaction and having more to do with the community than theactual monster itself was a nice change of pace, because for this movieit works without showing too much monster action. Sure there are plentyof better monster movies out there, but this is still worth a look.6/10
Paul Haakonsen (16 May 2013)
So the title of this movie is...? The Korean title is "Chawu", but theDVD movie I got from Amazon is titled "Chaw", but the one shown on thecover on IMDb is titled "Chawz".For a black comedy, then "Chaw" had surprisingly few laughs. There weresome here and there, but they were far in between. But that is quitealright, because the movie is quite entertaining and doesn'tnecessarily rely on the comedy to carry it along.The story is about a police officer from Seoul who end up in a smallrural village, where life is supposed to be quiet and uneventful. Butthe small idyllic village is terrorized by a marauding boar ofgargantuan proportions."Chaw" is fun and entertaining, as it has some interesting charactersand good dialogue, plus the effects in the movie were actually quitegood. Don't expect Hollywood blockbuster effects - but they get the jobdone, and they do so nicely."Chaw" is not groundbreaking in any way, and it is unlikely to make alasting impression, but still, it is well worth a watch and doesprovide good entertainment. A good Korean movie in the likes of"Razorback". Hardly worthy of a place alongside "The Host" (the Koreanmonster movie, not the Meyer's pseudo-teenage Sci-Fi), but still funenough.
kdkpranks (10 May 2013)
I watched the English translation of this Korean monster movie. Theoriginal movie is a silly throw-back (in the vein of Lake Placid) abouta killer boar. But what's best about it is the absolutely hystericallyawful English dubbing. It is easily some of the best bad acting I haveever enjoyed (including every Godzilla movie ever). It must truly beseen to be believed. The film itself is actually a fairly amusing,purposely silly 'monster' movie. Someone else on here said that thismovie feels like something David Lynch might have made if he ever madea creature feature... and they were completely right, with all of thebizarre seemingly nonsensical characters and offbeat dialog. But, atover 2 hours, runs way too long. Still, I recommend this film for anyfan of strange movies or creature features. But do yourself a HUGEfavor and watch the English-dubbed version over a subtitled one.
refresh daemon (10 May 2013)
Chaw is the second film by director Shin Jeongwon, and like his first,a gangster-comedy-ghost-story, follows his genre hybrid loving ways,producing an excellent B-film, bumped up to A-grade thanks to itsunique blend of monster movie and black comedy. I'm almost certain thatother reviews will draw a relationship with Chaw and either, or both,Jaws and The Host and with good reason. Like the former, the story isone, in part, about a wild animal that gets a taste for human flesh andgoes on a rampage in a small town. Just replace the American beach townsetting with a Korean village and the shark with a very large wildboar. As for the Host, the comparison can be made less due to the storystructure, but more because, like the Host, it ties together a monstermovie with comedy. But, unlike either, I think Chaw actually comesacross as equal parts comedy and monster movie in terms of overallimpact.Our protagonist is Officer Kim, a city cop who gets transferred to asmall remote village due to writing "anywhere" as his second choice oflocation. He moves there with his pregnant wife and his senile (andbelligerent) mother and immediately meets the bizarre cast ofcharacters that comprise the village, from orphan child and crazywitch-like forced adoptive mother, greedy bumbling city officials,incept and craven police force and more. Oh, and when he arrives, theboar found its second victim, the granddaughter of a renownedex-hunter. From there, the events go much like Jaws, with police andhunters (and a couple also bumbling scientists) demanding the shuttingdown of "weekend farming" operations that cater to wealthy urbaniteswho want to get back in touch with Mother Earth and city officialscontracting a famous Korean hunter to kill the boar. Things don't gowell and eventually a small group decide to take matters into their ownhands and take down the boar themselves (with one scientist wanting tocapture it on film for her research and our cop drawn into it when hissenile mother wanders off).While this film isn't quite up to its inspiration in Jaws as far as astraight monster movie goes, but rougher around the edges and a littlemore meandering in its story, thanks to a lot of additional charactersand story lines, it's still quite enjoyable on its monster movie meritsalone, simply because it works all the genre points well. What capturedme, in particular, was its straight-faced comedy, which ranges fromtoilet humor and slapstick to observational humor on human stupidity orvice and moments of straight up surreal comedy. The characters are alsodeveloped by this comedy and while they may not be particularly deep,their earthiness helps keep the story from going off the rails.The special effects are clearly a mixture of practical effects and CGI(whenever we see the boar fully on screen) and while this isn't topgrade material (it's no Jurassic Park), it's certainly not going to bea distraction except to effects snobs. The direction keeps the affairsmoving at a decent clip, although it does feel a touch slow at timeswhen the film becomes unnecessarily serious (fortunately, not thatoften). Performances are solid, even if the characters aren't verydimensional and comedic timing as well as the ability of all performersto play their bits straight helps a lot. The sets are all fine andgood, although the finale will recall The Terminator, which, inretrospect is a touch mind-boggling considering the setting of thefilm.Overall, this is really just a very well made B-movie with enoughcomedy to twist it up and keep it interesting. It uses a well studiedgenre monster movie thriller approach and appears to use it as avehicle for its comedy, but its monster movie itself is fun enough forwhat it is. And I think, consequently, the sheer entertainment factorof both a solid B-movie and the comedic tone it's set to is enough tomake this a fun ride for open-minded film-goers and most certainly forfilm geeks who love their monster movies. For crying out loud, it'sabout a large wild boar gone mad in the countryside. What more do youwant? 8/10.
xXBoss-EbertXx (07 May 2013)
There's something curiously compelling about this unbelievably strangemix of western and monster movie. It's a small town village in onecorner and an obviously phony, mechanical buffalo (!) in the other,(Complete with dinosaur roars and steam spewing from its' nostrils).Good supporting cast (Especially Bae Park), Hardly a classic, but somuch better than the "cinematic efforts" of 00s Hollywood. Solidsoundtrack.Piled on top of the film's other many flaws, the final indignity is thepeccary itself. Resembling a bedraggled, malnourished Muppet, its firston-screen appearance is a close-up of the face, which looks very muchlike the current logo of the Buffalo Sabres. When the beast is in fullrampage, the over-the-top vocal effects are not dissimilar to thefoghorn that sounds when the Sabres Â or any other NHL team Â score.There is much in the beast's appearance or manner that inspires fear inthe audience, even though its motion resembles a harmless carouselhorse rather than a marauding wild animal.I have no clear reason why. If you can get some suspension of disbeliefgenerated and enjoy the character movement, character tension, and theodd placement of surrealism and Gothic ambiance in a seemingly straight"western", then you ll love the long boring build up to some villagersfinding this blanched buffalo and when it finally appears we aretreated to the sight of a king size wooly rocking horse on trackswobbling to and fro in a swirl of foam chips! Then there's the Gogo,that bizarre Furby-like creature that creates miracles by peeing onthings... even when you can't see the wire attached to his head, youjust KNOW it's there.The tape I saw was dubbed in Japanese and had no subtitles, so I can'tsay I followed everything, but I still found it immensely enjoyable. Ithelps to read the Mohoyaktik story first, so I dug out my copy of "TheKorean Fairy Book," compiled by Yei Theodora Sujen (Charles E. TuttleCompany, 1970) and read the original folk tale. Still, even with thestory in hand, I didn't quite get who the chicken boy was.
oneguyrambling (07 May 2013)
No this isn't a Bruce Lee film. This is a South Korean giant wildkiller pig movie Â "another one?", I hear you sigh.When the self proclaimed "crimeless village" of Sameri in South Koreais beset by a 500kg 6 foot tall killer boar it's fair to say the localsare unprepared and largely incapable of handling the beastie. Afterall, all bar one of the cops are a bunch of lazy idiots, the new guyarrived in town that day and the local citizens would win a "Crazy-off"with the 90s TV town of Twin Peaks hands down.Locals start falling off the map and reappearing as various limbs andfragments of body-parts, newly interred corpses are summarily exhumed,and buses full of curious city folk show up to pick the local organicproduce Â but are really there to get Chaw-gnawed.So outside help is sourced, including experienced and renowned hunters,a pack of dogs, and some skylarking adventure seekers. The locals wantthe thing dead, the hunters want trophies and a bunch of greenies justwant everyone to get along. The hunt goes on and a large pig is takendown Â ce-le-brate good timesÂ Come on? Nope, it turns out that the bigfat beast wasn't Oprah on another of her around the world publicitystunts but the psycho killer pig's missus.Now: it's personal.As tends to happen in these film a rag tag bunch of disparateindividuals forms to take on Porky high in the mountains that flank thevillage, each with their own specialty, motivation and story to tell Âusually late at night around a campfire in a moment of surprisingvulnerability.Now this is a big scary animal movie so I can't finish withoutdiscussing the big scary animal, and this is where Chaw reallydisappoints. In a few scenes Chaw is a guy(s) in a suit and in closeups and confined spaces it looks like a puppet. Both of these effortswere acceptableÂ in long shots and action sequences however Chaw was100% distracting CGP Â Computer Generated Pork. The size and weight ofChaw seemed to vary greatly in shot to shot, he had no obvious momentumor force when he was changing direction or running, and in certainscenes he just looked damnedÂ cuddly.In the early going they were wise to minimise the sightings and onscreen depiction of Chaw, towards the end when he was all over the shopI almost laughed every time he appeared on screen Â especially when hemorphed into cuddly-wuddly piggy-wiggy for some shots.Chaw has no real gore at all to speak of, most of the deaths appearoffscreen and the only real evidence aside from muffled screams andquick cutaways are the random body parts alluded to earlier. There isway too much exposition and unnecessary character development for whatis essentially a silly B flick with an audience only demanding "get tothe killer pig!", leaving us with a 90 minute film that unfortunatelytakes two hours to watch.In this way it reminded me of The Host from a couple years back, butwhile that film supplied a carefully rendered, original beastie as theprimary threat Chaw is only able to proffer a size changing, largelyunreal Â and often fluffy! Â giant pork chop.Final Rating Â 5 / 10. For most lovers of slightly obscure cinema"South Korean killer pig" flick is a big enough hook to initiate asearch for the video shop card Â it sure was for me. But Chaw is onelittle piggie that should have stayed home.
cocolopez1313 (19 April 2013)
Chawz is another entry in the horror/comedy genre, this one coming fromSouth Korea. Not as good as The Host, also from South Korea, a coupleof years ago, but there is still some enjoyment to be had. The plotmoves along a little too slowly for this type of film and has more thanone similarity with the plot of the original Jaws. The comedy playsmore to the slapstick side, which may or may not be a good thingdepending on your taste in comedy. I personally found a few gags thatmade me smile, but nothing that made me laugh. The actors do aconvincing job with their characters, but no one will blow you away orsteal the show. The visual effects are good, using a mix of practicaland computer generated, but not up to the normal standard of majorNorth American films. If you have seen other movies of this type fromthis part of the world, the effects are on par. If you're expectingsomething along the lines of Slither or Army of Darkness, you mostlikely will be disappointed or even bored with this. But if you haveseen The Host or Tokyo Zombie, this film is similar in tone and pacingand while never reaching the quality of The Host or the comedicabsurdity of Tokyo Zombie, Chawz is an enjoyable monster movie. Flawed,but enjoyable.
dbborroughs (18 April 2013)
Cop is sent to a small village in the country when he listed, jokingly,"anywhere" as he second choice for assignment. Once there he has todeal with not only his wife and crazy mother, but also the localloonies who are in danger thanks to a man eating giant boar.Odd mix of comedy and horror is basically an off the wall version ofJaws but set in the woods. The bits and characters are very compelling,however there are so many strands and so many characters that the filmnever manages to juggle any of them successfully so the film neversatisfies. Its not a bad movie, its just one that resembles a stew madefrom the finest ingredients but still fails to taste good becausenothing works together well.Given the choice I'd rent it and then watch it with friends.
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