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Memories of Murder
The worst of them will stay with you... forever
1986 Gyunggi Province. The body of a young woman is found brutally raped and murdered. Two months later, a series of rapes and murders commences under similar circumstances. And in a country that had never known such crimes, the dark whispers about a serial murderer grow louder. A special task force is set up in the area, with two local detectives Park Doo-Man and Jo Young-Goo joined by a detective from Seoul who requested to be assigned to the case.
If you love David Fincher's ZODIAC, and you wish there were more cop films like David Fincher's ZODIAC, and you haven't seen MEMORIES OF MURDER, you should see MEMORIES OF MURDER.
Film #93 of Make me watch your favourite.
After having seen three of Joon-ho Bong's films now I can safely say that I like his style a lot and that I consider this one to be his best film.
Memories of Murder is a very intriguing police procedural that is not only captivating from start to finish, it's also made with great dedication to the based on real life events story, the setting and the characters. It is the type of films that repeatedly wrong foots you when trying to determine what you're watching exactly as it hops and skips between tonal shifts on a regular basis.
This is something almost thematic in…
How difficult is it for a murder mystery/thriller film to sustain interest and constantly keep viewers on their toes and at the edge of their seats, if it tells upfront that the mystery is not going to be solved? It is really difficult if you ask me. David Fincher’s Zodiac comes to my mind immediately. Bong Joon-ho’s Memories of Murder is a great film akin to Fincher’s work.
This is based on a true story, but I do not know how much of the film was based on the actual events and how much was from Bong’s creative genius. If there were some parts which were tuned and added to the actual happening I honestly could not tell the difference…
Rewatched in anticipation of Snowpiercer. That, and it's a masterpiece well worth repeated viewings.
MoM has Song Kang-ho in top form, and that's saying a lot, paired with, then, newcomer Kim Sang-kyung as two very different detectives tearing themselves to shreds looking for a serial killer in the chaotic 80s in South Korea.
Based on a true story, Bong Joon-ho creates a haunting thriller, spiced with delectable snippets of hilarity as to not let us drown in the bleakness.
On the surface, without prior knowledge of Korea, you'll get one of the finer films of this genre to date, and the cinematography brings the Korean countryside to life in a breathtaking and mesmerizing way.
For the investigative cinephile though, there…
Based on a true incident that occurred in a South Korean town from 1986 to 1991 during which 10 women were found gagged, raped & murdered by a serial killer, Memories of Murder is an extremely well-crafted, ingeniously narrated & intelligently paced mystery thriller about this very case file which not only qualifies as a defining example of its genre but is great enough to rank amongst the greatest films to come out from the South Korean film industry.
The story of Memories of Murder begins in 1986 with the discovery of the first victim's dead body & concerns the investigation carried out by two detectives with very different working methods. The local one always ends up torturing innocent suspects into confession while…
DVD Bong time with two friends - one who watched The Host with me and my Korean friend, who'd never seen any of Bong Joon-ho's films. This is not only my favorite Korean film, it's one of my favorite films of all time. This thing is hilarious, it's a heart breaker, it's an onion. A police procedural that is anything but generic.
After a vital rewatch and with more of a grounding in Korean history than I'd had when I saw this film for the first time (thanks in part to my Korean friend, who's studying political science and with whom I've spent many the long night in a cafe talking about Korean and Irish history and whether or not…
Un gran bel film che racconta la storia, dal punto di vista di tre detective, del primo serial killer coreano. Mi è piaciuto molto anche il fatto che il film concentri molto l'attenzione sui metodi di interrogatorio della polizia coreana che il più delle volte punta sullo sfinimento, un po' come faceva la Stasi nella DDR, e la violenza. Ottima sicuramente la regia e la sceneggiatura che ci rigala un buon finale. Peccato per alcuni attori un po' traballanti anche se Song Kang-ho, a quanto pare, si porta a casa un "miglior attore" al Grand Bell Awards 2003. Nel complesso un buonissimo film.
'Memories of Murder' is a stylish, tense, and hilarious Korean thriller based on a real-life string of unsolved murder cases. Directed by Joon-ho Bong, the film revolves around the attempts of a police department to catch a murderer who is raping and killing young women as they walk alone at night. This director also directed both 'Snowpiercer' and 'The Host', two fabulous films, and it's interesting to see how both he and his chosen cast (he commonly reuses Kang-ho Song in films) have grown.
The cinematography in 'Memories of Murder' is outstanding, and although there are not necessarily many stand-alone 'flashy' shots or camera techniques, the consistent atmosphere and mood, told through cinematic language, is something is a rare feat.…
2015 Movie Project | #5
For some reason, the overall tone of this movie felt very "American" to me. I don't know what that really means but some of the police tropes/motifs felt very reminiscent of things you'd see in movies over here. Maybe those sort of thing are universal?
At one point in crime story Memories of Murder, one detective tells another to do the investigation realistic this time, like in a movie. If a real-life detective ever implored his co-worker to do the same, it would be good for all of civilization if they didn't try and imitate the police work on display here. Bong Joon-ho's film essentially asks what would happen if Chief Wiggum had to find a ruthless and clever serial rapist, resulting in a tragic thriller with a healthy dose of black comedy.
Set in 1980's South Korea, the film opens with the discovery of a dead woman stuffed into a prairie culvert. The standard of incompetency is quickly set. Because no one thinks to…
Serial killer dramas have a tendency to be more poignant in certain cultures. In the West, they may have not the same effect that they would in South Korea. East Asian culture generally has a stronger sense of community than other cultures; whether that is due to the cultural and racial homogeneity or another reason is a matter of debate. Either way, Bong Jooh-Ho’s masterpiece Memories of Murder is one of the greatest crime thrillers of this, or any era. The film is a story of a true unsolved sequence of killings that plague South Korea in the late 1980s and this is the film that truly launched Bong Joon-Ho into the world’s spotlight.
Since most know upon watching the…
An unsettling mystery, feels uniquely Korean. Early Bong shows a deft, humanizing touch.
Un non-thriller sulla ricerca e la perdita.
Con un incedere lento ma inesorabile.
Una bella prova tecnica del regista, più raffinata dell'ultimo Snowpiercer. Un affresco nero e senza redenzione del recente passato coreano (elemento che rende in parte sfuggente la visione per chi, come nel mio caso, non conosce a fondo le dinamiche socio-culturali del paese).
Una supposta democrazia, governata da oligarchie militari, protesa dentro inefficienza e abusi tipiche del regime cui essa si erge a contrastare.
Due detective apparentemente opposti indagano su misteriosi femminicidi, applicando distinte tecniche investigative, ingaggiando una reciproca sfida. Entrambi ossessionati dallo scovare l'assassino a qualsiasi costo. Molti indizi, tante strade in cui perdersi.
Una narrazione cadenzata e, al contrario di quanto possa sembrare, piuttosto lineare. L'indagine è un pretesto per raccontare ben altro, uno sguardo disilluso su una comunità ferita e marcia nelle sue fondamenta. Riprendendo gli stilemi ed i cliché del noir occidentale, in particolare americano, ma "tradendoli" tutti, uno per uno.
Jawdropping suspense. Bong Joon-ho knows how to orchestrate genuine tension and thrills using silence, making it very realistic. I also love how he tricks the audience on who's gonna solve the crime by introducing us two flawed detectives who have their own way of solving the crime. The ending sent shivers down to my spine. A masterpiece.
last updated - Sunday, February 1, 2015.
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