Friday, May 09, 2014

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TV Series Review: The Chaser (추적자)

Your daughter killed in a grim accident, your wife dying of depression thereafter, you being caught by looking for justice, and the culprit.. all powerful and can bend the law. What could you have done?

This is the story of Baek Hongseok, a detective of the Republic of Korea. After attending his daughter's small birthday party, he gave tickets to a star's concert for his child to attend. While having a drink with his superior and co-worker, he receives a phone call - a call which I wish he didn't have - telling him that his daughter has been involved in a car accident.

The events thereafter are quite shocking and unpredictable. A trial rigged, making the primary suspect innocent of the crime he has done, the other one, being protected by a conglomerate and her congressman husband innocent too, even making his kind and innocent daughter as a drug addict and a prostitute. Not believing in the law, Baek finds himself longing for revenge, and eventually does a thing by accident - he kills the primary suspect.

Looking for justice, he then flees from authority, and with the support of his friends, a prosecutor, a reporter, his superior, his co-worker, and a gangster, he goes to a roller coaster ride of looking for justice, being denied of it, showing how the law can provide or deny justice.

In the end, the question is, will he find what he is looking for?

For those who are used to Korean love stories and looking for something fresh, unique, and new, "The Chaser" might be the one for you. Showing the government, the legal system, different scenarios that are highly probable to occur, this series will not only open your eyes to real-life events in politics, but also, to the difficulties that are experienced by commoners only to look for justice.

There are no magic tricks involved, no fantasy, just real life events. This series will not only teach you to love your family, but to also believe in yourself and what you believe is right. It also gives you the sense of responsibility for your own country, and makes sure that just by small acts like voting for the elections, even though you are an ordinary citizen, can greatly change the world you are living in.

And for that very good story, I give this series a 9 out of 10. Who wouldn't burst into tears in that "Clementine" scene?


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