CHAW (2009) Reviews and overview

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Chaw (Hangul: 차우; RR: Chau; MR: Ch‘au) is a 2009 South Korean film about a mutant killer pig wreaking havoc on a small mountain town, and the ragtag team of five that sets out to stop the beast.


Plot teaser:

The quiet town of Sammaeri near Mount Jiri has been crime-free for a decade. That is, until now. Bodies of villagers begin turning up, making the village leaders nervous just ahead of an organic food fair expected be a financial windfall. Chun Il-man (Jang Hang-seon), whose granddaughter was one of the victims, is sure that a man-killing boar is behind the crimes. He joins forces with detective Shin (Park Hyuk-kwon) and Kim Kang-soo (Uhm Tae-woong), a reassigned cop from Seoul whose mother has gone missing in the woods. With Byun Soo-ryun (Jung Yoo-mi), a biologist studying wild animals, and glory-seeking hunter Baek Man-bae (Yoon Je-moon) on the team to fight the giant killer beast, the five start up the mountain to face their enemy……

The title is pronounced “chow”, which means “trap” in Chungcheong dialect. The film was called “Chawz” in the US and has an uncut Blu-ray release there. The British DVD is trimmed for scenes of animal cruelty.

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“Although it doesn’t offer anything new, there really aren’t enough old school monster films around these days, and director Jeong-won Shin certainly scores points for managing to capture the spirit of the genre and for reminding fans of the form what made it so enjoyable in the first place.” James Mudge, Beyond Hollywood

“This is a lot of fun but maybe only for those already fans of South Korean cinema, because there’s not one single American company that would produce a light-weight killer pig movie that runs almost two hours! Yes, this is a full-blown black comedy/drama/monster/action/horror that refuses to pretend it has nothing to say.” Fred Anderson, Ninja Dixon