Between the years of 1986 and 1991, a small village in Koreas Gyeonggi Province was witness to the rape and murder of 10 women, all in the same grotesque and brutal manner. Two rural cops and a special detective from the capital are charged with capturing the killer. To end the reign of fear, they choose to employ any means necessary.
Memories Of Murder
- Memories of Murder review by Shatner's Bassoon
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You rated this film: 5
Based on the true story of a small South Korean village in which someone begins to murder young women, the plot of 'Memories Of Murder' revolves around pair of detectives and a special agent from Seoul assigned to find the murderer. Faced with crime scenes are routinely disturbed by the locals and a forensic team which are always a no show, the special agent is shocked to find that brutal local police are less interested in solving the case and finding the killer and more interested in finding a scapegoat, someone to blame in order to pacify a restless local population. With memorable dark visuals, a haunting score, and a great story, this is a film which succeeds brilliantly as a deeply haunting and disturbing crime thriller. If you like foreign cinema and enjoyed films like 'Insomina' and 'Seven' then 'Memories Of Murder' is essential viewing.
Proper true story
- Memories of Murder review by JD
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You rated this film: 3
Unfortunately true stories told accurately are a bit messy and do not have a neat conclusion. I think this is even more difficult to follow as it is Korean. It is however an interesting film on many levels. As a historic piece about South Korea in the 80's, it is also a comment on police methods of the 80's, and as a contrast with Western cinema. I enjoyed the almost comedic over acting and the gentle unravelling of the plot. The characters are not lovable but genuine and complex enough. It has no real end but is an interesting angle on a serial killer.
Outstanding cop drama
- Memories of Murder review by Kurtz
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You rated this film: 4
A gripping, at times harrowing account of a hunt for a serial killer in rural South Korea. Song Kang ho (brilliant in “The Host” and “Thirst”) is sublime again as a harassed local cop who gradually realises that his usual tactic of pulling in the local lowlives and beating confessions out of them isn’t going to work. He has to accept the help of city detective Kim Say Kyang who goes about things in a more cerebral way, a kind of Sam Tyler to Song’s Gene Hunt. It reminded me a lot of David Fincher’s “Zodiac” - here too, the focus is on the investigation rather than the occasionally glimpsed crimes, and the long-running case has a similarly corrosive effect on those hunting the killer. Apparently it’s one of the most popular South Korean movies of all time and it’s easy to see why.