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Memories of Murder (2003)

Salinui chueok (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 2 May 2003 (South Korea)
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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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Joon-ho Bong (as Joon Ho Bong)

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

Credited cast:
Kang-ho Song ... 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
Hee-Bong Byun Hee-Bong Byun ... Sergeant Koo Hee-bong (as Hie-bong Byeon)
Seo-hie Ko Seo-hie Ko ... Officer Kwon Kwi-ok
No-shik Park ... Baek Kwang-ho
Hae-il Park ... Park Hyeon-gyu
Mi-seon Jeon ... Kwok Seol-yung
Young-hwa Seo Young-hwa Seo ... Eon Deok-nyeo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bong-gi Baek Bong-gi Baek ... Cop Dressed as Woman
Hyeon-gi Choi Hyeon-gi Choi ... Farmer
Jong-ryol Choi Jong-ryol Choi ... Doo-man's Father
Deok-jae Jo Deok-jae Jo ... Investigator
Moon-ee Jo Moon-ee Jo
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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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Based on the true story of serial killings See more »


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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,131, 31 July 2005
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Runtime:

| | (Filmfest Hamburg)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 Park shows murder suspect Kwang-ho a picture of the footprint in the dirt, Park is also holding a right foot sneaker that matches the print in the picture. However, the footprint in the picture would have been made by a left foot sneaker. The print and the correct shoe making it would have been reverse images of each other. See more »

Quotes

Detective Park Doo-Man: Did you see his face?
[Girl Nods]
Detective Park Doo-Man: What did he look like?
Schoolgirl: Well... kind of plain.
Detective Park Doo-Man: In what way?
Schoolgirl: Just... ordinary
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The Slow Development of a Masterpiece

This is probably the best crime thriller I've seen since "Insomnia," and contains the most haunting climax of any serial killer flick since "Seven." But like most films reaching for greatness, this is most admirable for its striking details.

The filmmakers here craft a taut, careful, and delicately strung together motion picture that relishes in its amazing development of mood, place, and character.

First, the mood: Haunting cinematography (rain falling on a small village at night, shadows darting across a thick field of grass, figures lurking in the woods, a masterfully choreographed hot pursuit scene on foot), a poignant music score (aided by the creepy use of a Korean pop song that accompanies each murder), and no-nonsense direction (peppered with fabulous doses of comic relief--how Shakespearan!) keep the film more and more intriguing at each turn and fascinating to watch.

Second, the place: South Korea, circa the late 1980's, and apparently under some sort of militia rule. This is inspired by the true story of Korea's first publicized (and still unsolved) serial killer case. This unique time and place serves as a wonderful respite from the typical American big-city setting of so many other films of this ilk.

Finally, the character development: The small details revealing the haunted souls of the detectives on the case is nothing short of brilliant. Witness the tiny executions of minutae: The cloth one rogue cop wraps around his boot so as not to leave scars when he kick-boxes suspects into submission, the harried chief of police checking his own blood pressure while trying to keep his off-the-cuff detectives in line or fighting to keep headline-starved reporters at bay, the young female officer desperately trying to showcase her abilities in crime solving between serving the chauvinistic detectives cups of fresh coffee, the outsider detective from Seoul's insistence that documents never lie (and the brutal irony at the climax that challenges his entire sense of being), and the main village detective's scathing speech on the difference between American FBI agents and Koren policemen. The beauty is in the details, and this film, like all the great ones, revels in their uncovering.

One flaw is that some might find the film a bit long in the tooth, but this is not to be missed for fans of serial killer thrillers and police procedural movies. For the Korean filmmakers, and the amazing cast...this is their master stroke.


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