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Memories of Murder (2003) More at IMDbPro »Salinui chueok (original title)

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Memories of Murder -- From director Bong Joon-ho (THE HOST) comes this tense psychological crime thriller based on the actual case of a serial killer.
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Memories of Murder -- From director Bong Joon-ho (THE HOST) comes this tense psychological crime thriller based on the actual case of a serial killer.


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Joon Ho Bong (writer)
Kwang-rim Kim (writer)
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Release Date:
2 May 2003 (South Korea) See more »
In 1986, in the province of Gyunggi, in South Korea, a second young and beautiful woman is found dead... See more » | Full synopsis »
14 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Best crime/detective film ever See more (128 total) »


  (in credits order)

Kang-ho Song ... Detective Doo-man Park

Sang-kyung Kim ... Detective Tae-yoon Seo
Roe-ha Kim ... Detective Yong-koo Cho
Jae-ho Song ... Sergeant Dong-chul Shin
Hie-bong Byeon ... Sergeant Hee-bong Koo
Seo-hie Ko ... Officer Kwi-ok Kwon
No-shik Park ... Kwang-ho Baek

Hae-il Park ... Hyeon-gyu Park
Jong-ryol Choi ... Du-man's father
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mi-seon Jeon ... Seol-yung Kwok
In-seon Jeong
Ha-kyeong Kim
Jae-eung Lee
Young-hwa Seo
Ji-ru Sung

Directed by
Joon Ho Bong 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Joon Ho Bong  writer
Kwang-rim Kim  writer
Sung-bo Shim  writer

Produced by
Seoung-Jae Cha .... producer
Jae-Won Choi .... co-executive producer
Moo Ryung Kim .... producer
Kang-bok Lee .... executive producer
Jong-yun No .... producer
Original Music by
Tarô Iwashiro 
Cinematography by
Hyung-ku Kim 
Film Editing by
Sun-min Kim 
Production Design by
Seong-hie Ryu 
Makeup Department
Hee Eun Lee .... special makeup effects artist
Sound Department
Byung-Ha Lee .... sound
Seung-yeop Lee .... sound editor
Visual Effects by
Jong Ik Kang .... visual effects supervisor
Editorial Department
Yong-gi Lee .... colorist
Other crew
Bob Buchholz .... english language director
Eung Jun Lee .... martial arts choreographer

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Salinui chueok" - South Korea (original title)
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Canada:129 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | Germany:127 min (Filmfest Hamburg) | South Korea:130 min | USA:132 min | Argentina:128 min
Aspect Ratio:
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The film took place between 1986 and 1991 in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province.See more »
Anachronisms: The letter from the FBI about the semen DNA testing is signed by director Clarence M. Kelly. Kelly was director from 1973-1978. William H. Webster was director in 1986.See more »
Man in Morgue:There's something in the vagina... Looks like a peach... Nine pieces.
Detective Park Doo-Man:Do you see this kind of thing in Seoul often?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Big Bad Wolves (2013)See more »


Can someone please explain the ending of this movie?
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141 out of 180 people found the following review useful.
Best crime/detective film ever, 10 November 2004
Author: Jonas from Vilnius, Lithuania

My "one line summary" might be too subjective (well it's just an opinion after all), but that's what kind of thought came to my mind after seeing this film. It just sucked me in and didn't let away until the ending credits appeared. I'm really not a fan of this genre which is popular in various "detective" TV series but this film was something exceptional. A perfectly made detective film based on a real shocking murder case in S.Korea in 80's. This is a must see Korean film for everybody and this must be a real pearl for those who love detective stories because perhaps it's the best detective film ever...

I give it a 10/10 this film is worth it.

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