Rent Memories of Murder (2003)

4.0 of 5 from 143 ratings
2h 10min
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Synopsis:
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.
Actors:
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Directors:
Writers:
Joon-Ho Bong, Kwang-rim Kim
Aka:
Salin ui Chu-eok
Studio:
Optimum
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Drama, Thrillers
Countries:
Korea, Action & Adventure, Drama, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
24/01/2005
Run Time:
130 minutes
Languages:
Korean
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Deleted scenes with optional director's commentary
  • Real Life Memories of Murder
  • Cast interviews
  • CGI featurette
  • Trailers
BBFC:
Release Date:
Unknown
Run Time:
132 minutes

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Reviews (3) of Memories of Murder

Proper true story - Memories of Murder review by JD

Spoiler Alert
10/02/2011

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.

2 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

Outstanding cop drama - Memories of Murder review by Kurtz

Spoiler Alert
11/08/2010

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.

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Critic review

Memories of Murder (aka Salin ui Chu-eok) review by Adrijan Arsovski - Cinema Paradiso

Memories of Murder by director Joon-ho Bong is the quintessential crime drama thriller and that’s non-debatable. This film is crafted to such perfection that if someone ever decides to remake it, that would be a crime against humanity of the highest order. Simply stated: Memories of Murder has it all: intrigue, stellar plot, carefully-crafted characters – each with their own agendas, motivations, pluses and flaws (including hubris). But, perhaps the most important aspect of this film is the ensemble casting (as described by Tony Zhou in one of his video essays); it’s just, they don’t make films as they used to: nowadays it’s only close-up, then switch shot, then another close-up after which the actors themselves are put in a tougher spot than if they’d just acted like they were part of an ensemble. But I digress.

The film begins by showing the audience a gruesome murder (implicitly) which has taken place in some of South Korea’s most remote rural areas in the fall of 1986. The detective assigned to this case is Park Du-Man (played by Song Kang-Ho) and it becomes immediately clear that the whole police force is way out of their comfort zone in regards to these crimes. This is also emphasized through the chaotic crime scene as reporters trample potential evidence and make it even harder for the police to do their jobs. This is South Korea’s first recorded serial killer in history, so it’s quite clear that the nation wasn’t ready for this kind of upheaval – at least not at that exact time.

Putting that aside, and we see how inspector Park is a far-cry from a meticulous police investigator, who seems to abandon the scientific method in favor of a more scattered approach and by using the brute force of his assistant Cho Yong-koo (Roe-ha Kim). After all, it got them this far, right?

The arrival of Seo Tae-Yun (played by Kim Sang-Kyung) however, a methodical and rational investigator from Seoul, hints at a more measured approach from the force at-hand. At first, this seems like it’s the case, but as things slowly unravel to no avail and the culprit is nowhere to be seen, it seems as if Seo’s arrival only served the purpose to stir things up from within the police force, and not solve the crime that took the whole nation by storm. But Seo doesn’t have any ulterior motivations, and so why was he summoned in the first place?

Ultimately, if you want to see the best crime-thriller from your lifetime, this may be your best chance. Memories of Murder is just brilliant and I’m saying that with 100% devotion and honesty.

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