Memories of Murder

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Between 1986 and 1991 a serial killer murdered ten women, between the ages of 13 and 71, in a small town in south of Seoul, South Korea. This being the first serial killer case the country had seen it caused a media frenzy. uses this true-life serial killer story as the basis for its story with Detective Park Doo-Man (Song Kang-ho) and his violent partner Cho young-koo (Kim Rwe-ha) assigned to the case. Detective Park clearly isn’t the sharpest of cops, but being thoroughly convinced that he is surrounded by idiots (which is actually pretty true) he is sure his keen sense for “spotting villains” will allow him to find the killer. Blundering their way through the case, Park and Cho come to interview Hyun-ku (Park Hae-il), a genuinely unsettling, creepy character whose cold, emotionless gaze adds fuel to the detectives’ belief that they may have finally found their man. Felt by many to be the best Korean film ever made, Bong Joon Ho’s defines classic Korean cinema.

By Paul Quinn

Film info
2003. Directed by Bong Joon Ho, starring Song Kang-ho, Kim Sang-kyung, 127 mins.

Picturehouse Hackney, 07 Nov 15 10:45 pm

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