A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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.
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…
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…
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 film really got to me, to the point I was standing up screaming "NOOOOO". I really love what Bong Joon-ho was doing with two detectives and giving them their own genres to play in. Detective Park was in a dark comedy while Detective Seo was in a hard boiled detective story, then weirdly mixing them in this great way when the characters were together.
Like Zodiac before Zodiac, only with a lot more flying kicks.
All timer. Even puts Zodiac to shame. Definitely one of the best of its decade.
One of my favorite films in a while. So where between detective noir to k drama it's that beautiful balance in between. There is even that Korean sense of humor that bleeds through. It's very cinematic for about a 3 million dollar budget. Kang ho Song and Sang-kyung Kim are fantastic. Definetly worth a rewatch. It leaves us and keeps us wondering. Superb film.
While bring virtually nothing new to the table, Memories of Murder is a well executed detective story that is, if nothing else, an interesting look at the police work of other countries.
Great noir, my favorite Bong June-Ho movie. Such a strange combination of tragedy, comedy, and suspense. Kang-ho Song is so good as bewildered everyman, at first corrupt and bafoonish, who is changed by the case.
This has everything and does everything right.
Oh boy, Korean cinema is so good! I have been really getting into Korean films thanks to this week. Having seen Oldboy, The Handmaiden and The Wailing (a few months back) and now Memories of Murder. I definitely know I won't be stopping here.
Memories of Murder is a twisted murder mystery that will leave you breathless but also a bit agitated at the end, yet that is also one of the reasons I love this film so much.
It is a beautifully crafted film, everyone attached to this project is great from actors to director to screenwriter to cinematographer. All of them put so much work into this film and that is definitely seen in the end result.
A bittersweet story closely resembling Zodiac or rather Zodiac resembles it as it predates it by at least four years. Brilliantly melting the lines of genre, Bong Joon Ho's direction is comedic, dramatic, tragic and suspenseful all at once.
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