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Memories of Murder (2003)

Salinui chueok (original title)
Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 2 May 2003 (South Korea)
In a small Korean province in 1986, three detectives struggle with the case of multiple young women being found raped and murdered by an unknown culprit.

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Credited cast:
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Detective Seo Tae-yoon
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Detective Cho Yong-koo
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Sergeant Shin Dong-chul
Hee-Bong Byun ...
Sergeant Koo Hee-bong (as Hie-bong Byeon)
Seo-hie Ko ...
Officer Kwon Kwi-ok
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Baek Kwang-ho
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Park Hyeon-gyu
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Kwok Seol-yung
Young-hwa Seo ...
Eon Deok-nyeo
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Cop Dressed as Woman
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Farmer
Jong-ryol Choi ...
Doo-man's Father
Deok-jae Jo ...
Investigator
In-sun Jung ...
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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. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Budget:

$2,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$46,380 (Hong Kong) (5 March 2004)

Gross:

$14,131 (USA) (29 July 2005)
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Despite the film being based on a series of real murders in the Korean provincial town of Hwaeseong during the 1980s, Joon-ho Bong also drew a lot inspiration from a play called 'Come See Me' which dramatized the incidents, to the extent that he stated in an interview: "If it weren't for KIM Gwang-rim's play [Come See Me], I would have had a lot of problems establishing the structure." While he also gained the idea for the depiction of the era from the graphic novel 'From Hell' by the writer Alan Moore, which was given to Bong by the journalist Tony Rayns as a gift. See more »

Goofs

In the letter received from the FBI written in English, there are four spelling mistakes - 'examnation' instead of 'examination', 'insrumental' instead of 'instrumental', 'dateed' instead of 'dated' and 'Octorber' instead of 'October'. See more »

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Detective Park Doo-Man: Fuck, I don't know.
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10 December 2004 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

After two women are found dead in a rural community, a detective arrives from the big city to help out. Things quickly mushroom with the discovery of more bodies, more suspects and no end in sight.

Whether you like police films or not you should see this movie about the real hunt for Korea's first known serial killer simply because its a great movie. This is a movie that alters your expectations and changes your view of things. Its impossible to guess whats going to happen simply because the twists and turns are so unexpected. At times this is a funny funny movie, especially if you like shows like Law and Order or CSI since what we take for granted in those shows is stood on its head. At other times this is a very taut thriller and you become as desperate as the police in needing to put an end to the madness.

On top of all of this is a picture of Korea in 1986, a place with political unrest and civil defense drills that for me at least makes it seem like something out of the 1950's.

This is brilliant brilliant film-making.

I've given the film an 8 out of 10, even though it probably deserves to be higher, simply because some 12 hours after seeing the film, I'm still pondering what I thought of it, how good is it? At least an 8. I'm sure a second and third and fourth viewings will change my mind.

Yea its that good


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