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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…
Yes, this feels a bit like a joke writing something about, because so much is written about Memories of Murder, so here again, just a couple of cents from my side : It's not only the Thrill and the Excitement who makes it perfect, it's a groundbreaking depth in it's sublevel that pulls through every corner of this film. It's perfect in every cinematic way, no wonder that Joon-Ho is filming in Hollywood and THIS is a compliment ;)
In the End : A Shock for the Audience, definitly one the most beautiful and profounding ways to End this Film.
Complete masterpiece. The visual storytelling is fluid, classical, eerie, unsettling. The story itself is gripping. The performances. Perfect movie.
Perfect in every single way.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This is an amazing film about the stupidity of bureaucracy. It's frightening, touching, hilarious, and unsatisfying. I really, really love it. The ending, especially, has really stayed with me since I saw it. I think mostly what I appreciated about it was its bravery. It's a film about a real set of murders in Korea, but where, as a filmmaker, I might have felt obligated to the families of the victims to make something reverential, or at least respectful, this just goes for the jugular with a gonzo, irreverent style that emphasizes the bleak comedy of the situation. The authorities are powerless, clueless, and ultimately hopeless in the face of a smart, organized killer. And the film explores all those…
I really like the scene compositions. There are long, static shots, where it still feels there's a lot going on because of the way the actors move around in the shot.
I didn't like how the film can't seem to keep a consistent tone. On one hand, it's a gritty murder mystery. On the other hand, it has these ridicilous comedic moments like the entire room suddenly breaking into a brawl, unexpected jumpkicks to the face, and hillarious scenes with the mentally handicapped kid.
With a runtime of 2 hours, it has suprisingly little plot progression. I can write out the entire plot of the film in half a page.
The ending is unconclusive like it was irl. I respect that it sticks to the source material, but it's sort of underwhelming.
Its been awhile since I've seen this movie and it has lost none of it's power. It's still a beautifully told story of obsession in the pursuit of justice, a quality it shares with Zodiac, the closest American analog to this picture. However, it does a much better job of leavening the despair and frustration of solving a seemingly unsolvable case with displays of humor and local flavor. The jokes also help to round out the characters, whom would otherwise be one-dimensional archetypes. This is something the director has show a remarkable facility for in his other movies, specifically The Host and Snowpiercer. Here, there are layers and subtext that I hadn't noticed before, specifically the references to the socio-political situation in South Korea at the time, that are probably more meaningful to the people who lived through it. This is a film that rewards repeat viewing and should be considered a modern classic of the crime genre.
This is a brilliantly directed Korean crime film that’s nearly derailed by a subtle comedic bent that undermines a lot of its dark potential. Part of that tension is a cultural misread on my behalf – there's no doubt that Bong Jo Hoon made the movie he set out to, but I found my emotional investment disrupted by the possibility that genuinely intriguing elements were included solely for laughs.
It's hard for me to reconcile the problems in this movie because it’s full of impeccable directorial choices (see: the initial discovery of a body and a footprint as evidence in one continuous shot). Also, the film's characters exist across a moral spectrum that has shifting points of reference - we…
(also i watched this with two korean exchange students. it was lit)
A rare (non-parody) police procedural where the protagonist police are presented as dim brutes (and not in a way that idealizes that form of masculinity)
- Between this, and The Host, Bong Joon-ho is one of the best directors at capturing a media circus
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