Memories Of Murder

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Overview

Memories of Murder is a policier based on the actual case of the first recorded serial killer in Korea's history. The rape murders began in 1986 in Hwaseong, a small village south of Seoul, and continued for several years during a time of political upheaval in South Korea. Detective Park Doo-man Song Kang-ho of Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, an overconfident local cop, is assigned to the case, taking along his partner, Detective Cho Yong-koo Kim Rwe-ha, whose interrogation methods involve covering his boot with a ...
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Overview

Memories of Murder is a policier based on the actual case of the first recorded serial killer in Korea's history. The rape murders began in 1986 in Hwaseong, a small village south of Seoul, and continued for several years during a time of political upheaval in South Korea. Detective Park Doo-man Song Kang-ho of Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, an overconfident local cop, is assigned to the case, taking along his partner, Detective Cho Yong-koo Kim Rwe-ha, whose interrogation methods involve covering his boot with a cloth so it won't leave scratches on detainees' necks. After the first few murders, they quickly narrow their sights on a suspect Park Noh-shik. Seo Tae-yoon Kim Sang-kyung of Turning Gate, a young detective from Seoul, volunteers to work on the case. Park resents his presence, but Seo quickly realizes that the locals have the wrong man. Before he can share his ideas, the department is humiliated, and the police chief is replaced. Seo quietly begins to piece together a pattern to the murders. For one thing, they all took place in the rain, and the victims all wore red. But the murderer seems to be one step ahead of the cops. Working independently they disdain each other's methods, Park and Seo stumble upon another suspect, and the two local cops work on beating a confession out of him. But it's soon clear that they've arrested the wrong man yet again. They become more desperate, and the case begins to take a devastating toll on the policemen's lives. Memories of Murder, directed by Bong Joon-ho from a script by Bong, Kim Kwang-rim, and Shim Sung-bo, was a huge box-office hit in South Korea. The film won several awards at the 2003 San Sebastián Film Festival and was also shown at the 2004 New York Korean Film Festival.
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Special Features

Dubbed in English; Cast & crew interviews; Deleted scenes; Previews; Weblinks; English subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Bong Joon-ho's Memories of Murder is a truly stunning work, and merits mention alongside Silence of the Lambs and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer as an effective serial killer film that transcends the genre to offer an incisive analysis of the culture that produced the crime. Set during a period of social unrest and subsequent crackdown under the military dictatorship that ruled South Korea during the late '80s, the film offers the thrills and chills typical of a good policier (the gunshot-like musical cues that kick off several action sequences are one demonstration of the filmmakers' expert handling of the tension-release dynamics of the genre), along with wonderful performances, particularly that of star Song Kang-ho. Song's rich turn as Park, a small-town cop in way over his head, reaches a comic peak in the bathhouse scene, wherein Park misguidedly looks for a hairless male suspect. But underlying the dark humor of the Keystone Kops-like cycle of bungling and beatings is a scathing satire of brutal police procedures and the repressive culture that fostered them. As accomplished a drama it is --simultaneously frightening, disturbing, funny, and deeply moving --Bong's film really distinguishes itself as a sardonic political allegory of governmental brutality and corruption, which engulfs even the best and brightest who labor within its structure. Bong cunningly gets at how repression allows sociopathic behavior to thrive. The lasting impact of all this violence isn't made fully clear until the film's haunting final exchange. Memories of Murder is a powerful work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/9/2005
  • UPC: 660200311421
  • Original Release: 2003
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  • Source: Palm Pictures / Umvd
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:12:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 6,990

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Song Kang-ho Detective Park Doo-man
Kim Sang-kyung Detective Seo Tae-yoon
Kim Rwe-ha Detective Cho Yong-koo
Song Jae-Ho Sgt. Shin Dong-chul
Byun Hee-bong Sgt. Koo Hee-bong
Ryu Tae-ho Jo Byeong-sun
Park Noh-shik Baek Gwang-ho
Park Hae-il Park Hyeon-gu
Technical Credits
Bong Joon-ho Director, Screenwriter
Lee Byeong-ha Sound/Sound Designer
Kim Hyeong-gu Cinematographer
Taro Iwashiro Score Composer
Lee Kang-beok Executive Producer
Romeo Noh Producer
Shim Seong-bo Screenwriter
Ryu Seong-heui Production Designer
Cha Seung-chae Producer
Kim Sun-min Editor
Kim Yu-sun Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The First Victim [6:43]
2. The Lady Murderers [10:16]
3. Evidence [6:52]
4. A Reenactment [6:19]
5. Missing Person [6:01]
6. New Sneakers [6:37]
7. The School Rumor [7:31]
8. "Sad Letter" [7:29]
9. At the Crime Scene [6:14]
10. Captured [10:20]
11. The Middle School [4:39]
12. Delicate Hands [7:22]
13. A Lead [7:01]
14. Going Crazy [3:14]
15. Tetanus [14:21]
16. Night Watch [4:43]
17. Test Results [5:51]
18. Credits [9:03]
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Disc #1 -- Memories of Murder
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Haunting

    Visually simple with an engrossing script. Great for discussion and afterthought. One of Soon Kang-Ho's great performances.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Killer Chills!

    Memories of Murder if a film that will leave you questioning so many things - all in the good sense. You will wonder if you figured out the true killer, you wonder if the detectives ever desired to re-open the case, you wonder if the technology of present day could solve the case...and you wonder if you've ever run into the killer... Director Bong manages to grasp a korea in teh 80s and a wonderful cast that works wonders together. They performed a wonderful mixture of comedy and truth. The expression each actor portrayed was with so much feeling that in the end you feel frustration Kim Sang-kyung's character must have gone through. And do not be fooled by the fact that this is based on a true story and so you think that you know how it will end...Bong managed to present an amazing end...to which i curiously wonder if it actually happened...Its a little spooky if so but was a wonderful way to end the movie. There isnt a moment of boredom - soemthing always happens and the subtitles arent bad either. The Extra features on the movie are good too...i wish there was the same extra features as the Korean version - but I am sure that was because it would have been too difficult to translate adn provide subtitles for everything. But UMVD provided subtitles for the cast Interviews which were interesting to hear and the deleted scenes were just as good as some of the published scenes.

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