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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…
The film begins with the discovery of the first victim. The first of the three detectives that are on the case arrive at the scene where a group of children is playing nearby. They interfere with the investigation and destroy much needed technical evidence.
This prologue has two striking qualities that will continue to appear throughout the film. First of all, there is detective Park Doo-Man (played by the excellent Song Kang-ho) who is almost completely alone. There's no uniformed officers, no photographers, no forensic experts, and even more unique, this appears to be quite ordinary. He don't comment on why so few police officers is helping with the case (this is an important comment that the film is making,…
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…
In 1986, a killer of young women is on the loose operating in the mostly rural South Korean region of Gyunggi. Two local detectives treat the case as any other and go about intimidating and torturing confessions out of a string of suspects, until each is shot down by circumstance or the big-city detective sent to join the investigation. The slick city cop with his science and the rough country cops with their instincts can't quite work together. The disparity of methods nevertheless yield similar results and leave all the cops and the public increasingly frustrated and desperate. Interesting that I happened to watch this one a couple weeks after finishing the first season of True Detective as they're awfully…
Original Title: Salinui Chueok
Me gustó muchísimo cuando la vi. Y eso que pertenece a un subgénero dentro de la investigación policiaca que ya ha dado muchísimo de sí en lo bueno y en lo malo, pero consiguen que nada suene a ya visto, pese a que la premisa de partida recuerda a la idem de "Arde Mississippi". Y también, tanto en una como en otra subyace de fondo una crítica aguda a la situación del país en la que cada película se realizó (en "Memories of Murder" con un punto de vista irónico y cargado de una mala baba admirable, de la que carece el, por otra parte magnífico, otro film), porque las patéticas situaciones que afrontan estos policías en esta especie de…
A solid detective film that never gives away too much. Really made me want to move to Korea and become a detective so that I could fly-kick people out of the blue.
I hate to make this comparison, since I figure it's obvious, but MEMORIES OF MURDER reminds me of David Fincher's incredible film, ZODIAC. The difference here being that while Fincher crafted an ingeniously plotted and thrilling tale, it never felt very personal. MEMORIES OF MURDER, on the other hand, explores the implications of what a case like this can do to the men assigned to it in emotionally crushing ways. The performances from our leads, especially Song Kang-ho, really anchor the film down. The transformation the characters undergo as the case progresses and the killings escalate are heartbreaking. The cinematography? Fuckin' hell. This is probably, out of all the Korean films I've seen so far, the best-looking. Just in terms…
In 1986, in the province of Gyunggi, in South Korea, a second young and beautiful woman is found dead, raped and tied and gagged with her underwear. Detective Park Doo-Man and Detective Cho Yong-koo, two brutal and stupid local detectives without any technique, investigate the murder using brutality and torturing the suspects, without any practical result. The Detective Seo Tae-Yoon from Seoul comes to the country to help the investigations and is convinced that a serial-killer is killing the women. When a third woman is found dead in the same "modus-operandi", the detectives find leads of the assassin.
Memories of Murder is about an investigation into a series of related crimes. Although some instances may be predicted, the characters and plot development aren't typical of the genre. The detectives are complex, as is their pursuit in finding an answer. The ending of the film works well. Available from Netflix DVD, Memories of Murder is a recommended auteur requirement.
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Expect to be affected by this film. Unlike Zodiac, which can be seen as an American counterpart, Memories of Murder is a highly personal and involved look at the serial killings in South Korea during the late 80's. The key difference can be found in the main characters who are disgusted and frustrated by the events which take place (and trust me, you will be frustrated too.) The intense emotions they feel convey themselves well and hit hard when they need to.
And yet this film manages to do more than just be an emotionally invested take on the investigations of the killings. The suspense and intrigue in this film is so thick, it could smother you. It takes its…
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