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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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Bong Joon-Ho gives us an absolute masterclass of a thriller. In many ways it is understated and quiet, with an almost lackadaisical pace which in many ways I would imagine echoes the pace of any criminal investigation. But that slow pace only accentuates the horror of everything that is occurring onscreen, punctuated by some truly terrifying moments.
And the fact that this movie does not end anywhere close to where you would expect a crime movie to end makes it that much more exciting. Like Fincher's Zodiac and Seven, Memories of Murder proves that it is definitely much more interesting to watch justice fail, than see it cleanly succeed in a neatly prepared package.
Unconventional mystery movie that only gets better as it goes on. Breathtakingly shot at times with a very clever ending.
What a film. An excellently executed telling of the Hwaseong murder case. You have GOT to give it your everything, I say this as someone with an awful attention span who watched film with several breaks - I feel as though I've utterly disrespected this brilliant picture.
My favourite movie and in my opinion a 10/10.
Just loved it from beginning to end. Not a single scene in the movie bored me in any way and always kept me interested with its perfect mix of mystery, comedy, suspense and action.
This is Bong Joon-ho's masterpiece. The tone perfectly blends gritty realism with constant humor--often slapstick--in a way that feels effortless. This is a completely unique tone that I have never seen replicated in any other film... ever. The closest comparison is perhaps Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs" or the Coen Brother's "Fargo" (two movies I love), but neither of those quite buy into the reality of the characters or their situations. They operate in a slightly different sphere, with the Coen's using hyper-real Minnesota Nice and Tarantino subverting crime movie tropes to comment on the events and characters.
Though the acting and lighting play a big part towards grounding the absurd in reality, it's the camera work that is most impressive to…
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One of my favourite type of film is a detective/murder/thriller/serial killer films. One film holds high in my eyes is David Fincher's Zodiac. It's one of the greatest films of all time. Joon-ho Bong has always been on my radar of directors to watch but it was only recently that I watched Snowpiercer. Then I was recommended Memories of Murder, how could I refuse? What is Memories of Murder about then? In 1986, Park (Song Kang-ho) and Cho (Kim Roi-ha) are two simple-minded detectives assigned to a double murder investigation in a South Korean province. But when the murderer strikes several more times with the same pattern, the detectives realize that they are chasing the country's first documented serial killer.…
last updated - Sunday, February 1, 2015.
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