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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…
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,…
I've been wanting to see this film for quite a while now. I first encountered Bong Jun-ho with The Host, which I thought was really great. So I chose Mother, when selecting my films for tiff the year it came out. I loved it! Next Snowpiercer, and I knew this was a director I wanted to be a completist for. Low and behold, I typed Memories of Murder into Youtube today, and found the whole film! What a score. The film is really great. There are always the occasional lines of dialogue that I think get a little lost in translation, but overall I was with this the whole way. The contrast between the two styles of the urban and…
Watched this because Guillermo Del Toro recommended it on twitter and I was totally blown away.
Frustrating in the best possible way.
Probably my least favourite of Bong Jung-Ho's filmography. It is still a captivating and interesting thriller that's well worth seeing. As with his other films there is a fantastic blend of the dark and the comic.
This one enjoys a great reputation and I can only assume that a large part of it is because it's unconventional. It's a procedural about trying to catch a serial killer (and it does remind one a bit of a later movie, Zodiac), but it's largely about how South Korea was ill-equipped to deal with such a case (it's first in its recorded history), and so the focus is on a pair of detectives: Detective Park is not entirely competent (and whose partner is emotionally juvenile), and Detective Seo, from out of town, is quite observant but is nevertheless hampered by not having the adequate resources to tackle the case. So it's like a half-comedy (sometimes uncomfortable, as laughs are…
I've heard this compared favorably to Fincher's Zodiac, but other than the premise - an unsolved serial murder investigation - the two films really don't have much in common. Memories waffles awkwardly between comedic torture scenes, melodrama, and, when it feels like it, some cursory investigation. My expectations may have been askew, but the tonal inconsistency baffled me enough that I never got my sea-legs. I'll probably try it again some day, this time without the baggage of thinking it's something its not, but consider this first viewing a disappointment.
A great crime/mystery thriller with interesting characters and a scary unknown killer.
Really solid crime mystery. Despite it's dark subject matter, there are quite a few laugh out loud moments which hit you out of nowhere and give this film a unique spin.
The acting was really solid especially by the two leads and the pacing of the film never gave up. There is also some interesting commentary on the past military regime in South Korea and the role the police has to play in such places. It never hits you in the head with it but you can see it in the background and in how the citizens react to certain events that transpire. Really interesting stuff.
The final scene and shot of this film is really heartbreaking and memorable. Would recommend to anyone, especially if you are new to foreign cinema.
Pretty good film, alternately tense and comedic. Constant Bong Joon-ho collaborator Kang-ho Song is always a welcome prescence and he does not dissapoint as a not too terribly intelligent country detective in over his head on a serial killer case. Set during the 1980's, there's a real sense of the modern world overtaking the old ways. Dealing with uncertainty.
Simply spellbinding storytelling. Memories of Murder did not blow me away, it simply told its story while I watched and became transfixed by its dark narrative.
The characters are distinctive and memorable, with their own style of policing that consistently clashes with the other. Its their genuine growth throughout the film that is the true standout, as I watched them time and time again get beaten, humiliated, and defeated. They are forced to change tactics and learn from each other. The theme of accepting failure really shines through, because these characters and the current grand theories they are touting are proven wrong again and again. We see it on their faces as they swallow their pride and continue on with…
Sometimes I get stuck in a rut when it comes to watching films. I either just watch anything that comes…