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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…
Confused, dazed, terrified, amazed and flabbergasted.. and a hundred more of those adjectives to describe how I felt about Memories of Murder. Look out, a slap in the face! A kick to the head! A nail below the knee, a hole in the television, suspended, beaten, disgusted.. so many feelings breed around the terrific performances that stage on screen where the detectives work their way through torturing suspects, rehearsing murder dialogue and beating the shit out of each other over petty egos.
Memories of Murder likes to shoot the oldschool way, an arrow stretched against the bow's thread; aimed straight at the viewer's observation. As the music encapsulates the background, three detectives chase around a murder case whose pin never…
Every time I see MEMORIES OF MURDER, I love it even more than the last time. I won't go into it in too much detail, considering I reviewed it at length not too long ago, but I will say that this film is, in my humble opinion at least, one of the greatest films ever. Considering that recent viewing, I had planned to just have it playing in the background while I did other stuff, but I couldn't help but be drawn in once more. Song Kang-Ho is a fantastic actor, giving such a multi-faceted, flawed, human performance at the heart of the film here. Writer/director Bong Joon-Ho crafted a modern crime classic. If you haven't seen this sorely underrated, overlooked film, seek it out!
Good film throughout but there's no payoff! C'mon man...
One of my favorite movies of all time. Utterly haunting.
Memories of Murder is an excellent crime/mystery film. As a big fan of the genre, this movie entertained me from start to finish. It was intriguing and terrifying at the same time. As soon as the second murder occurred, I started to feel the greatness of this film. I was on the edge of my seat, and I never got lost from start to finish.
After seeing Memories of Murder, I think I have to reconsider my No.1 Bong Joon-Ho film. My no.1 favourite Bong Joon-Ho film has always been The Host. But seems like there is a new contender for the No.1 spot.
Amazing! Hits on everything you want out of a neo-noir: phenomenal cinematography and a plot laced with mystery, ambiguity and dark humor. Also, I like how people are constantly getting dropkicked.
MEMORIES OF MURDER IS A MODERN MASTERPIECE
that alliteration tho
Comes a long way from jokes about police ruthlessly beating a mentally handicapped child to that chilling ending. Tremendous score accompanied by great visuals. Once it gets going, there's no stopping it; I just wish someone had re-structured the first half.
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