Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Tae Woong Eom
Jang Hang Sun
Yoon Jea Moon
What's it about
A pansy police officer is sent to a nice, peaceful village in South Korea with promises that it's nice and easy. Unfortunately for him, this translates out to a giant, terrifying pig/boar monster ready to tear stuff apart.
Is it good movie?
I don't mind Asian cinema from time to time, sometimes it can be offbeat enough to be fantastic. This isn't to say that I never enjoy a foreign film, but usually when I get sent Asian stuff, it's weird "Power Rangers with penises for fingers and blades in their stomach" sort of deals, so I can be trepidatious from time to time.
I'm happy to report that although this film is a bizarre trainwreck, it's pretty darn entertaining and certainly won't leave you wanting for anything (although you may end up scratching your head a bit). This one is actually all about the characters, believe it or not. Playing like a twisted homage to Jaws, Chawz might be a formulaic movie, but its penchant for insane and entertaining characters really helps a lot.
The whole village of people being terrorized by this mutant beast are a bunch of kooks. You've got the meek police officer who must lead a posse of weirdos into the mountains to try and stop things once and for all. Of course, there are trackers and scientists and hunters and all that business, but they're just so off the wall that it's hard not to like them.
This movie is not at all terrifying, but instead plays itself as slapstick comedy, more or less. There's a lot of pratfalls, one-liners, sight gags and silliness going on. This doesn't mean that there's no monster action though. Although it isn't the selling point of the movie, there's some memorable monster shredding going on, especially near the mid point of the film.
The monster doesn't look great (especially when you really see it near the end), but that's forgivable. It also sports some ridiculous CGI which ends up disappointing. Don't worry too much about taking things seriously though. If you like bizarre, surreal, ridiculous and cartoony violence that tries to stick rigidly to the whole Jaws formula, you'll love this. What puts this movie over in my mind are the memorable and insane characters who work hard to entertain.
Video / Audio
Video is presented in 1.85:1 widescreen and doesn't look great. The colors are muted and dull, and the textures are a bit blurry and weak.
Audio comes in Dolby 5.1 and is mixed well, sounds good.
You get a Making of feature that runs about an hour and is split up into three parts and is quite thorough. There's interviews, special effects, character studies and a bunch of other stuff.
There are a few deleted scenes that pad out Officer Kim's character, and a bit more boar action.
The Q&A Session Premiere Event is just an introduction from the cast and director during a screening.
The Blooper Reel Poster Shots is exactly what it says it is, 5 minutes of people putting together the movie poster.
Finally, an International Trailer.
You're either going to like this movie or you're not. It's not ferocious or scary, but a cartoony slapstick horror flick with a bit of blood thrown in for good measure. For me, it was entertaining, for you, know what you're getting into!