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The Chaser

Title: 추적자 / The Chaser
Chinese Title: 追擊者
Previously Known as: 아버지의 전쟁 / Father’s War
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Action, Thriller
Episodes: 16 + 2 Special
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2012-May-28 to 2012-July-24
Air time: Monday & Tuesday 21:55


Detective Baek Hong Suk (Son Hyun Joo) lost his 15-year-old daughter in a car accident and his wife died from shock shortly afterwards. He then searches for the truth related to his daughter’s death and learns that her death is tied into a conspiracy.

Reporter Seo Ji Won (Go Joon Hee) is the daughter of a large corporation Owner. She helps Detective Baek Hong Suk to uncover the truth on his daughter’s death. While covering the story, she finds out that her brother-in-law Kang Dong Yoon (Kim Sang Jung), a top presidential candidate, is involved in corruption. She then comes into conflict between her family and the truth.


Main Cast

Son Hyun Joo as Baek Hong Suk
Kim Sang Jung as Kang Dong Yoon
Go Joon Hee as Seo Ji Won
Kim Sung Ryung as Seo Ji Soo
Jang Shin Young as Shin Hye Ra
Park Hyo Joo as Detective Jo
Kang Shin Il as Detective Hwang
Ryu Seung Soo as Choi Jung Woo

Supporting Cast

Lee Hye In as Baek Soo Jung
Kang Ji Woo as Baek Soo Jung (child)
Kim Do Yun as Song Mi Yeon
Park Geun Hyung as Company president Seo
Juh No Min as Seo Young Wook
Nam Da Reum as Kang Min Sung
Choi Joon Yong as Yoon Chang Min
Jo Jae Yoon as Park Yong Sik
Jun Gook Hwan as Jang Byung Ho
Song Jae Ho as Yoo Tae Jin
Ryohei Otani as Director Bae Sang Moo
Lee Yong Woo as PK Joon
Kim Min Ha as Hyo Jin
Jung Soo In as Choi Jung Woo’s secretary
Lee Re as Yoon Chang Min’s daughter

Production Credits

Producer: Lee Hyun Jik
Director: Jo Nam Kook
Writer: Park Kyung Soo

Episode Ratings

    Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
2012-05-28 1 10.0 (12th) 12.6 (6th) 9.3 (12th) 10.3 (8th)
2012-05-29 2 10.9 (5th) 13.5 (4th) 9.9 (9th) 11.0 (6th)
2012-06-04 3 11.6 (6th) 14.7 (4th) 9.2 (15th) 9.7 (11th)
2012-06-05 4 11.5 (6th) 14.1 (4th) 9.8 (8th) 10.3 (9th)
2012-06-11 5 13.2 (5th) 16.5 (4th) 10.6 (7th) 10.7 (7th)
2012-06-12 6 12.5 (4th) 15.1 (3rd) 11.1 (5th) 11.9 (4th)
2012-06-18 7 13.2 (4th) 14.5 (4th) 11.5 (5th) 12.4 (4th)
2012-06-19 8 13.2 (4th) 14.1 (4th) 13.3 (4th) 14.2 (4th)
2012-06-25 9 13.6 (4th) 16.3 (4th) 12.4 (4th) 13.1 (4th)
2012-06-26 10 13.8 (4th) 15.8 (4th) 13.2 (4th) 14.2 (4th)
2012-07-02 11 14.0 (5th) 15.9 (4th) 13.1 (4th) 13.9 (4th)
2012-07-03 12 15.3 (4th) 16.2 (5th) 13.5 (4th) 14.3 (4th)
2012-07-09 13 20.0 (3rd) 22.4 (1st) 17.9 (3rd) 19.7 (3rd)
2012-07-10 14 23.1 (2nd) 26.7 (1st) 20.7 (3rd) 22.2 (2nd)
2012-07-16 15 22.1 (3rd) 26.6 (1st) 20.4 (3rd) 21.5 (1st)
2012-07-17 16 25.1 (1st) 28.3 (1st) 22.6 (2nd) 23.8 (1st)
2012-07-23 Sp 10.3 (14th) 10.8 (8th) 9.8 (15th) 11.3 (8th)
2012-07-24 Sp 7.1 (<8.4) 6.6 (<7.8)

Sources: TNmS Media Korea & AGB Nielsen Korea

*** Different between TNmS Media Korea & AGB Nielson – Here


2013 49th Baeksang Arts Awards: Best ScreenWriter (Park Kyung Soo)
2013 49th Baeksang Arts Awards: Best Actor (Son Hyun Joo)
2013 49th Baeksang Arts Awards: Best Drama
2012 SBS Drama Awards: Daesang, Son Hyun Joo (The Chaser)
2012 SBS Drama Awards: Excellence Actor Awards (Mini Series), Kim Sang Jung (The Chaser)
2012 SBS Drama Awards: Excellence Actress Awards (Mini Series), Kim Sung Ryung (The Chaser)
2012 SBS Drama Awards: Special Acting Awards, (Mini Series), Jang Shin Young (The Chaser)
2012 SBS Drama Awards: Producer Awards, Park Geun Hyung (The Chaser)
2012 SBS Drama Awards: Top 10 Stars Awards, Son Hyun Joo (The Chaser)
2012 SBS Drama Awards: New Star Awards, Go Joon Hee (The Chaser)
2012 SBS Drama Awards: New Star Awards, Park Hyo Joo (The Chaser)


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Trailer I & Trailer II

Watch Online with English, Chinese & Other Subtitle (Coming Soon)


  1. 1 : Wasabi Says:

    3 of these main cast are not so well known but i like the story.

  2. 2 : Aya Says:

    @Wasabi: Kim Sang Joong ajusshi and Son Hyun Joo ajusshi are well known enough in k-drama industry, but maybe because they’re not some ‘hot handsome young men’ so not many fans for them? but both of them have great acting.

  3. 3 : Remy Ahn Says:

    Kim Sang Joong,Son Hyun Joo have great acting. really!!!!!

    I’m South korean and live in Seoul.

  4. 4 : Nadia Says:

    i really love these dramas hopefolly there’s Kim Sang Joong so i add this in my favorite upcom drama

  5. 5 : MJ Says:

    Watch Online with English, Chinese & Other Subtitle:


    Episodea are problable RAW. No English Subtitle. Check back later.

  6. 6 : Trisha Says:

    I love Kim Sang Joong. He’s the best! Looking forward to watch this drama.

  7. 7 : Kdrama_fan Says:

    Well, Son Hyun Joo and Kim Seugn Ryung were dating in “Definitely Neighbors”. But now they are to hate each other. Son Hyun Joo, I think, is one of great Korean actors. I love his acting. His acting is so natural. Kim Sang Jung was a (not so good) father to Lee Min Ho in “City Hunter”. It is interesting to see how Son Hyun Joo and Go Joon Hee interact in this drama. Based on the first two episodes, it seems to me that it will be a very entertaining and powerful drama.

  8. 8 : jong yeon ji Says:

    great actors! great story!

  9. 9 : Kdrama_fan Says:

    The early story of the drama is heart-breaking. It is difficult to watch the suffering of Baek Hong Suk, losing everything he has treasured. I feel his pain. I wish he brings poetic justice to the corrupt, bad people in the drama.

  10. 10 : The Chaser Korean Drama Says:

    […] Reporter Seo Ji Won (Go Joon Hee) is the daughter of a large corporation Owner. She helps Detective Baek Hong Suk to uncover the truth on his daughter’s death. While covering the story, she finds out that her brother-in-law Kang Dong Yoon (Kim Sang Jung), a top presidential candidate, is involved in corruption. She then comes into conflict between her family and the truth. -koreandrama- […]

  11. 11 : stopngolow Says:

    i can’t believe there aren’t any subs for this drama…

  12. 12 : Megan Says:

    I have just watched the first 2 episodes of this drama. The acting is really good. The heart-wrenching scenes had me teary-eyed. Am looking forward to the rest of the drama. Wish there would be more than 2 episodes per week though.

    A Malaysian who has been to Korea.

  13. 13 : Kdrama_fan Says:

    It has an interesting story to tell. But after watching Episode 11, I kept wondering why the scriptwriter is trying to teach the audience of absurd logic of Kang Dong Yoon by repeating “When I was young, I did this and that.” Very stupid story telling. So many counter and counter-measures in the drama for unnecessary twists. I am tired of seeing Shin Hye Ra character played by Jang Shin Young. She is not convincing me of her conviction to become a politician, simply not believable of her acting.

  14. 14 : Kdrama_fan Says:

    This Shin Hye Ra character does not make any sense at all to me (after watching Episode 13). She exercises too much of power, even though she is just an aide. Not logical. Of course, this is a drama so sometimes maybe illogical. But I do not believe that Korea is that corrupt for any politician and/or aide can wreak a havoc of this gargantuan scale. Simply unbelievable. The scriptwriter needs to be more sober and realistic.

  15. 15 : KDaddict Says:

    This drama has two solid actors as the leads. It is dark in the beginning. But it just doubled its ratings. It started around 10% nation-wide to over 20% for ep 13. That’s quite a feat, which can’t be achieved without many merits. I’ll check it out.

  16. 16 : roxyalso Says:

    I will watch this drama because I agree, the leads in this drama are good actors. I get rather weary of watching the cutie pies, who wouldn’t be cutie pies if not for the plastic surgery they had done to their eyes and nose. So what happens the actors who make the decision not to change their appearances get looked down upon or will not get the following. Shame on all of us for being so superficial.

  17. 17 : K.Dra Says:

    mmmm…. this drama has higher ratings than Ghost…. i think im going to try and watch this. i hope this wont bore me

  18. 18 : kirita Says:

    The story and cast are awesome. Starting as underated drama then “boom”.. become a hit among others which full of top stars and idol.
    Highly recommended…!
    I hope more drama with strong storyline like this. This drama should win at least “Best Script” this year.

  19. 19 : kacanggodhog Says:

    i think i must watch this, its rating was very high so there must be something special in this drama

  20. 20 : HyeRim Says:

    This is great K-drama which deserved Baek Sang award. Very unique plot of story, very different start in first 2 episodes. Preferred this kind of drama instead of young good looking guys act in K-pop dramas.

  21. 21 : ka5e Says:

    I really hope someone will make an english subtitle to this show soon…

    *wish i can understand korean so that i can stop bugging for subtitles.. T.T

  22. 22 : tigerb Says:

    just started to watch this series, the first episode is really good with very good cast. i guess it’s not surprising that the postings here are few because the actors here are the older, very experienced ones, who can deliver and not the young idols who are still wet behind the ears.

  23. 23 : tigerb Says:

    this series is really good. although i’ve been wondering about ratings in other korean dramas i’ve seen, i agree with the ratings for this one. the ensemble of a cast is perfect, i even liked the annoying antagonistic prosecutor! it’s a very good story, very good delivery, but i can’t believe that three people and their minions can rig the election, trials, etc. etc.: the old man who is ala “the godfather”, the very ambitious politician, and the strategist who is ambivalent depending on where her interests lie. i would think that the depiction of the story should have been lower scale election of a mayor or governor, after all the scenes were not that large. it’s unbelievable that those 3 people could do such things in a big democracy as korea. it’s just a story i know, still it has to be realistic! glad that the writing showed punishment towards the end. i have to look for old dramas like this as the current ones starring younger actors have more or less the same plots, with different twists and turns, which can be boring! the lead actor deserves the award he won, and so does the drama itself. a really good watch!

  24. 24 : Gameface Says:

    where can i get english subs for this?

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