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Memories of Murder (2003)

Salinui chueok (original title)
Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 2 May 2003 (South Korea)
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... See full summary »

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Detective Seo Tae-yoon
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Detective Cho Yong-koo
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Sergeant Shin Dong-chul
Hie-bong Byeon ...
Sergeant Koo Hee-bong
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
Hyeon-gi Choi ...
Farmer
Jong-ryol Choi ...
Doo-man's Father
Deok-jae Jo ...
Investigator
In-sun Jung ...
Girl in Ending Scene (as In-seon Jeong)
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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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Screenwriter Eun-hee Kim (Sign, Phantom) is attached to a television adaptation with the working title Signal, to be aired on SBS in 2015. See more »

Goofs

When Detective Seo Tae-Yoon's gun is tossed away from his hands by Park Hyeon-gyu, the gun is seen landing to the left of the train tracks from the camera's point of view. Moments later, when the detective returns to pick it up, the gun is seen lying on the train tracks itself. See more »

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Great serial killer drama
1 January 2005 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

I'm one of those people who tend to think that South Korean movies are perhaps a bit too slow-paced for my taste. Memories of Murder isn't a fast-paced film, by any means, but this time the slow pace made this movie about an investigation of serial killings so much better than 95% of its American counterparts.

Essentially, Memories of Murder is a drama first with thriller and comedy elements (yes, in the first hour or so the movie is actually quite funny). Kang-ho Song and Sang-kyung Kim are brilliant as the two cops who have drastically different views on how to solve a crime. The character development is fascinating and believable thanks to a great script.

Highly recommended.


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