In a small Korean province in 1986, two detectives struggle with the case of multiple young women being found raped and murdered by an unknown culprit.

Director:

Bong Joon Ho

Writers:

Bong Joon Ho, Kwang-rim Kim (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kang-ho Song ... Detective Park Doo-man
Kim Sang-kyung ... Detective Seo Tae-yoon
Roe-ha Kim ... Detective Cho Yong-koo
Jae-ho Song ... Sergeant Shin Dong-chul
Byun Hee-Bong ... Sergeant Koo Hee-bong (as Hie-bong Byeon)
Seo-hie Ko ... Officer Kwon Kwi-ok
Tae-ho Ryu Tae-ho Ryu ... Jo Byeong-soon
No-shik Park ... Baek Gwang-ho
Park Hae-il ... Park Hyeon-gyu
Mi-seon Jeon ... Kwok Seol-yung
Young-hwa Seo ... Eon Deok-nyeo
Woo Go-na Woo Go-na ... Kim So-hyeon
Ok-joo Lee Ok-joo Lee ... Oh Nam-joo
Jong-ryol Choi Jong-ryol Choi ... Gwang-ho's father
Seung-mok Yoo Seung-mok Yoo ... Journalist
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Storyline

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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1986 in a small town...for two detectives, everything was new. See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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This film is in the Official Top 250 Narrative Feature Films on Letterboxd. 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 »

Quotes

Detective Park Doo-Man: Fuck, I don't know.
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Alternate Versions

The British DVD by Optimum Releasing has 5 minutes cut omitting the whole part of the film between the release of the last suspect and Detective Seo Tae-Yoon shadowing him. Therefore important scenes for the development of the story are missing, such as when the detectives are informed about the possibility of a DNA analysis of sperm found on one of the victim's clothes and that the sample has to be sent abroad because the required equipment is not in Korea. Also missing is the sequence where Detective Cho Yong-koo loses his leg and a scene with Kwok Seol-yung asking Detective Park Doo-Man to quit the police. See more »

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Best crime/detective film ever
10 November 2004 | by wiseman-4See all my reviews

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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Official Sites:

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean | English

Release Date:

2 May 2003 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Memories of Murder See more »

Filming Locations:

South Korea

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,487, 17 July 2005

Gross USA:

$15,357

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,159,644
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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