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Memories of Murder (2003)
"Salinui chueok" (original title)

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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... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
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Detective Park Doo-Man
Sang-kyung Kim ...
Detective Seo Tae-Yoon
Roe-ha Kim ...
Detective Cho Yong-koo
Jae-ho Song ...
Sergeant Shin Dong-chul
Hie-bong Byeon ...
Sergeant Koo Hee-bong
Seo-hie Ko ...
Officer Kwon Kwi-ok
No-shik Park ...
Baek, Kwang-ho
Hae-il Park ...
Park, Hyeon-gyu
Jong-ryol Choi ...
Du-man's father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mi-seon Jeon ...
Kwok Seol-yung
In-seon Jeong
Ha-kyeong Kim
Jae-eung Lee
Young-hwa Seo
Ji-ru Sung
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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$4,487 (USA) (15 July 2005)

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$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 »

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Jarringly disturbing and haunting film
21 February 2004 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

I have long since heard of the excellence of this korean movie on koreanfilm.org, but it was only after reading the review in detail and realizing that the score was written by Taro Ishiwaro ( a well known Japanese musician who also wrote scores for Shohei Imamura and Japanese TV serials, including The Inanimate World ), and that the DOP was Kim Hyung-gu (who also shot Musa, One Fine Spring Day and Chen Kaige's Together) that it stumped on me I was indeed missing a masterpiece.

And a masterpiece it is, one deeply haunting and disturbing asian crime thriller. The mood invoked during the last few minutes of the film is something you would probably never forget.

Watch this film not only for its cinematic brilliance, but also because of the mezmerising score written by Taro Ishiwaro, track no 29 on the OST the favourite on my list.


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