The Chaser writer now based in Singapore
THE man responsible for the nail-biting, blood-chilling 2008 South Korean blockbuster The Chaser, Lee Shinho, now lives in Singapore. A renowned scriptwriter, Lee’s distinctive style will be apparent in his first Singapore film The Daughter, a soon-to-be-shot psycho thriller on the subject of cyber paedophiles.
Born and raised in Seoul, Lee Shinho moved to the United States at the age of 19 to pursue a degree in dramatic writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. The 34-year-old relocated to Singapore last August and is now lecturing at his alma mater’s Asia campus here.
Lee expressed his happiness at how the phenomenal success of The Chaser opened doors to more work opportunities for him. But he still wonders why the film was such a hit with the audience because ‘it is really not an easy film to watch’.
Replete with torture scenes, the cat-and-mouse thriller is based on the true story of Yoo Young Chul, a South Korean serial killer and cannibal who was sentenced to death in 2005. The Chaser won many awards including Best Film at the 2008 Daejong Film Awards, and was South Korea’s second highest-grossing films in 2008.