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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.
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…
I think Joon-ho Bong has replaced Chan-wook Park as my favorite Korean filmmaker. He already proved himself to me with The Host, Mother, and Snowpiercer. But with Memories of Murder, a riveting true life crime thriller, he's completely won me over. This is a powerful story about attempting to track an elusive serial killer in rural 80's South Korea, where the local police are both incompetent and crooked, beating their suspects into a forced confession. In comes a detective from the big city to aid in the investigation. What follows is one of the most compelling, emotional, and sometimes quite humorous serial killer thrillers I've seen. I suspect on some rewatches this might top David Fincher's Zodiac for me.
Contains more drop kicks than your average Bruce Lee movie.
THIS... THIS IS WHY I LOVE MOVIES.
There are just so many things to say about this film and not enough words to describe it all. One word that does come to mind is "perfect". This is just master filmmaking at it's finest. From the way that it so effortlessly juggles tone, to the density of detail in every damn shot.
Unlike most crime thrillers, the story itself is fairly simple and less concerned with plot and far more focused on developing characters and creating moments. Most importantly these characters feel real and alive. Watching their bond grow over the course of the film just feels so natural.
AND THAT SEQUENCE IN THE GRASS FIELDS HAS TO BE ONE OF THE MOST PERFECT "OH SHIT" MOMENTS IN CINEMA HISTORY.
And the tunnel sequence is just superb.
If you didn't notice, I really like this film...
One... two... three. Three unexpected dropkicks.
Song Kang-ho being a goofball
This was just phenomenal.
Memories of Murder is a stylistically distinct work from the cinematography right down to the very core of the plot. Far more subtle and grounded than his work that'd come ten years later, Snowpiercer, here is a film that is interesting in how we cut and what we cut to; oftentimes a scene will be five to ten seconds long, indicating an action to be taken, and then we see the immediate aftermath of that action. Even the little detours the script would take either wound up building the world or coming back into the central focus. The characters are incredible and together along with the location the camera emanates such an empathetic observant quality, a longing sense for closure that will never come. It's also slow-paced, and the 'thriller' dramatic moments subdued, but we're immersed as an audience because of these dynamics that are at play. The epilogue is just simply stunning.
Great Directing especially in terms of blocking, awesome acting, liked the cinematography. One of my fav korean films. The build up of the story is very good, the depiction of how the behind professionalism in crime investigation in south korea was. The contrasting style of the characters were very engaging even the supporting ones.
REVIEW: Memories Of Murder
In 1986, Two Imbecilic South Korean Detectives Are Assigned To A Brutal Double Murder and Become Overwhelmed By The Country's First Documented Serial Killer. Shrouded In Mystery and Beautifully Shot, Memories Of Murder Is A Surprisingly Human Detective Story With Bits Of Eccentric Humor Sprinkled In. Song Kang-Ho Delivers A Multitalented Performance, Balancing The Humor Of The Character's Blatant Stupidity With His Unstoppable Determination. Kim Sang-kyung Gives A Great Performance In His Role That Really Draws Further Into The Madness. Kim Roi-ha's Performance Here Is Commendable and His Violent Outbursts Are A Thing To See. The Direction By Bong Joon-ho Is Impeccable, The Cinematography Is Goddamn Fantastic and The Screenplay/Story Is A Frustratingly True To Life Crime Drama About Darkness. I'll Remember This One. I'll Probably Get It On Blu-Ray Too.
8.5 Out Of 10 On The Slate Scale
Possibly the best whodunnit ever? Possibly. Possibly.
What a Year 2003 was for South Korean Cinema.
This doesn't happen very often, whatever the country!
A Tale of two Sisters
Memories of Murder
The constant battle between traditional and modern crime fighting methods, and both of their help- and hopelessness in most of the times throughout the investigation.
Now I know, where Fincher had his storyboard for Zodiac!
A list of films I haven't seen........
I should be ashamed of myself.
Movies that have such a powerful/memorable/weird/insane/awesome/surprising last scene (or shot) that made you say "THAT ENDING!!!!!" or variations