Yet another year with yet another update.
2012 version can be found here.
2013 version can be found here.
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…
For a film with such specific sociopolitical context, it's worth noting how many scenes rely on faces, as if creating visual vacuums beyond history, beyond the particular. Instead of depending on the close-up as an insert, an emotional cue, or (even worse) as a throwaway, this film urges the faces onscreen to provide answers or cues, and then it refuses to summate. That's not to say that Bong Joon-Ho doesn't maximize on space, though: to cite just one example of his spatial control, take a look at that sprawling chase scene. Maybe most importantly, it's great to see a work of ambiguous morality that doesn't totally succumb to cynicism.
Bong Joon-Ho has flair and an interesting ability to integrate disparate elements into his films, but this struck me as too spastic and there's too much idiotic behavior driving the procedural aspects, however accurate a representation. Zodiac, which this gets compared to all the time, is vastly superior and more sophisticated and intriguing in every respect. Hell, the first four episodes of True Detective Season 1, or the first two seasons of Hannibal outclass this film.
Film # 17/30 of Scavenger Hunt 3!
Task # 11 A Film About a Serial Killer!
This film is based on the real life case of South Korea's first serial killer who was responsible for the deaths of 10 women between October 1986 and April 1991. The film focuses on lead detective Park Doo-man, a man in way over his head with neither the technology nor the smarts to get his man. The start of the investigation really is a comedy of errors, crime scenes are disrupted, the murder reenactment turns into a farce, suspects are tortured into confessions and DNA testing is still in it's very early stages in the country.
This film is totally different from anything…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Ok so basically, I am a big dumb so I didn't realize until I watched this movie that basically every Bong movie I've seen has a character with a developmental/cognitive disability and then I realized that basically Bong Joon Ho is obsessed with the unknowability of the truth. We can get incredibly close to the truth without realizing it or be incredibly far from it with just one piece out of place. In both this movie and Mother you have a mystery which would be easily solved except you have a character who is pretty much unable to communicate it to the audience. In The Host, the formula is played with a bit by having the protagonist be the one who has trouble communicating to others.
Snowpiercer doesn't have this but maintains the communication breakdown/truth inaccessibility theme by putting in a language barrier.
A true story that shines a light on realistic crime-drama.
Memories of Murder is a film with two very different sides. These sides are split between the first and second half of the film. I've only seen one other film from the director so far, that being Snowpiercer, but I'll preface everything by saying Snowpiercer is not a good film but it's in no way bad. Much like the first half of this film, it is very formulaic. The only aspect I can take away from the first half is the set up for a cleverly placed plot point.
Suddenly the second half of the film flies in. The characters gain more layers and the plot enhances past its previous…
Film #3 of "Scavenger Hunt #3" Challenge!
Task #11 : A film about a serial killer!
Great crime/mystery thriller. Reminded me for some reason, a little bit of Kurosawa's "High and Low". It had a lot moments of humor which lighten up the atmosphere. I can see though how some think that this was off-putting.
A difference I noticed, between western films and this, was probably the flying kicks (and kicks in general) instead of punches. Judging also from the period this film was reffered to, I can see that it is satisfactory for many that karma thing that happened to the cop.
No hombre, no. Así no.
MEMORIES OF MURDER remains just as singular haunting a film on repeat viewing as it was first time I saw it. Director Bong Joon-Ho has become of my favourite filmmakers working today based on his inventive, unorthodox approach to genre fare, and that trend can most definitely be seen in effect here, where many of the classic tropes of a serial killer/police procedural mystery are thrown into the grinder to produce something quite unusual. At some points it's laugh-out-loud, with bona fide slapstick moments. But at other points it borders on the terrifying, building a palpable sense of dread by locating horror in amidst the regular, dreary decay of the real world.
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