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Memories of murder

Memories of murder

DVD - 2021 | Korean
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Based on the true story of a string of serial killings that rocked a rural community in the 1980s, a local officer reluctantly joins forces with a seasoned Seoul detective to investigate the crimes, leading each man on a wrenching, yearslong odyssey of failure and frustration that will drive him to the existential edge.
Publisher: [United States] : Criterion Collection, 2021
Edition: Director-approved two-DVD special ed
Branch Call Number: DVD MEM Wor
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 131 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 cm


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Sep 04, 2020

It is disturbing and sad that the psycho took so many innocent young life didn’t get caught, due to the lack of evidence, lack or police organize, lack of technology.

This is a true story. You might already know this but for people that didn’t know - When they film this movie, he didn’t not get arrested. 2017 South Korea finally completed the DNA computerized system, one of the detective randomly send the DNA of several victims, it match an inmate in prison that killed his sister in law in other city. Turn out the killers has moved to other town, married and had family. Somehow, the wife moved out or divorcing him, the sister in law went to the home to get things and he murdered her, he got caught.

His cellmates said that he was watching the movies and drama about the serial killing that he did.

Good movie. The Korean drama “Signal” is good too

Apr 30, 2020

AKA Memories of Murder. With the big success of Parasite (2019), time to revisit the older films by Bong Joon-ho. This 2003 murder mystery is loosely based on the true story of Korea's first serial killings in history, which took place between 1986 and 1991 in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province. The film begins on Oct 23, 1986 when local detectives Park (Song Kang-ho) and Cho (Kim Roi-ha) arrive at a double murder crime scene. Soon, a big city detective from Seoul Seo (Sang-kyung Kim) joins them to investigate to solve the case. At the end, they zero in on a prime suspect, but the evidence, the evidence ...

Jul 30, 2018

Fascinating restaging of a true story, the first serial killer in Korea. This film is a study of the individual detectives, their personal style and methods, as well the limited technical tools available in the 1980's. There is no grand resolution, the killer was never found.

Froster Nov 29, 2014

This one, by the overpraised director of "The Host" was a pleasant surprise, and a much better film. What it has in common with that movie is its badly-juggled humor...rather like someone farting at a funeral.( In this case, we're invited to laugh at the torture scenes in a police interrogation). But aside from this, it is a thoughtful procedural, wherein two characters completely shift their POVS, with an extremely beautiful, provocative beginning and ending. Well worth sitting through, and you'll definitely forgive the occasional broadness and coarseness.

rodman856 Oct 19, 2014

Great Storyline with an amazing Plot twist.

Sep 22, 2014

I agree the ending of this movie definitely brings chills down your spine.

Dec 10, 2012

This is not a murder mystery. Nor is it a Who-Dun-it. Rather it is a study in individual human nature and how that can change given time and circumstances. The final scene, the final line, the final word, is perhaps the most chilling thing I've ever seen in a movie.

Apr 28, 2012

Excellent crime thriller. This is how US crime thrillers should be done. Great script, good acting, haunting score, cinematography, excellent direction.

Dec 02, 2011

Very intriguing movie. It catchs you and make you wait for the end.

Jun 13, 2010

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Memories of Murder (2003)

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Dec 03, 2020

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Are you a detective?
-You should have told me. My mistake. How can a detective be such a bad fighter?
How can a detective have such a bad eye for criminals?
Hey, Seoul city bumpkin.
Why did you come here? Out to the boondocks? Huh?
-To catch the killer.
Is Seoul that big? Huh? Is it big? Bigger than America? ... Let me tell you about America. They've got the F.B.I. If you watch how they investigate... You know how? Their heads are spinning like a top. Analyzing things... You know why? It's 'cause they got so much fucking land! If you don't use your brain, it's too much ground to cover. So they have no choice, those F.B.I. bastards. But our Republic of Korea... using just your two legs, you can run all over it. You know why? 'Cause our land's the size of my dick. So it's said, Korean detectives investigate with their feet. That's folk wisdom, you bastard. So brainy geeks like you can go the hell to America.

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