Memories of Murder

Memories of Murder (2003)

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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. Then Detective Seo Tae Yoon from Seoul comes to the country to help the read moreinvestigations 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. ~~ It is based on the true story of the Korea's first serial murder in history.

  • Native title:

    살인의 추억
  • Also Known as:

    殺人의 追憶; Sarinui Chueok

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Dec 16, 2012
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
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  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
Why is there no review for this movie…? Well, I have to change that.

From the very first moment I saw the description of Memories of Murder I was sure I was going to at least like this film. Why? Let’s begin with genre: I’m a sucker for things related with serial murders; creepy, I know, but I love this dark, eerie atmosphere that’s usually present in such films. After deciding that read more this movie is worth watching I’ve done a little research about it… and the things I’ve discovered made me even more certain that this movie is just perfect for me. Not only it is based on real events, but the culprit of this crime was never found! Another thing: I’ve read somewhere that Quentin Tarantino said that this movie is among his Top 20 favorite movies since 1992 – well, that’s a sufficient recommendation for me.

This movie has amazing acting - every single actor made his role alive and believable. The most outstanding one was Song Kang Ho, who plays a role of a stupid local detective, good only at forcing testimonies out of (usually innocent) people with a use of brutal force; evidences are not important to him, the only thing he needs is his intuition. So… yeah, you guess right, he’s not what we call a good cop. He has his sidekick, and boy, this guy is even more stupid and brutal than his hyung – it’s usually him who does dirty work (hanging people upside down, kicking them in the face with combat boots, digging a grave for them etc). So how can such detectives resolve as complicated case as serial murders? Fortunately for them, there’s this guy from Seoul who comes to help them in an investigation - and he is the exact opposite of our country bumpkins.

What I liked about this movie was that it wasn’t only about finding a murderer; it also showed us a believable development of characters. Park Doo Man discovers there are other ways to find a culprit than forcing a testimony out of suspects and Seo Tae Yoon starts to doubt his own, "good" methods. It all combined with great acting, thrilling action and a bit of humor creates an amazing movie. So, if you like thrillers and you’re not put off by violence, then Memories of Murder is just for you.
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Sep 2, 2013
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
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  • Music 9.0
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Brilliant crime thriller that keeps you guessing til the end. The fact that the story is based on a true story, moreover, the movie is scrupulously faithful to the real events, really gave me the chill.

Everything in this movie is working, and it's working very well. Just to name a few: The cinematography, the acting, and the plot development.

There are also a lot of poignant and captivating scenes that make read more the movie very compelling. It keeps offering questions instead of answers, that results in not merely a movie, but a truly engaging experience.
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Director Quentin Tarantino named it, along with Bong's The Host, as one of his Top 20 favorite movies since 1992 This excellent movie (who ages really well like wine:) must have inspired this drama's author in a way It is even said that Signal is the Tv adaptation of Memories of Murder This film deals with the Gyeonggi serial rape and murder case that detectives invistigate on the first 4 episodes of Signal This movie has an amazing cast (Song Kang-HO is brilliant!) and cinematography The rest of the cast is keeping up brilliantly and the ending leaves you speechless The real life case, apparently and sadly the first serial killing case reported in Korea's history was never solved and reached a statue of limitation in 2006 unlike in Signal
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Both the movie and the drama are based on the same true events. So there could be a lot of similarities among them.
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    Kshitij Apr 24, 2017

    An underrated masterpiece.

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    zuojenn Apr 3, 2017

    very hmmm speechless movie. You can't say what you feel in the end. Just speechless. It was however during some parts a bit stretched and emotionless. Like I think you would react a bit more different if you were confronted with some of those events.
    Otherwise good movie, gripping, for every crime lover definitely something to watch

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    Astrologist Mar 18, 2017

    I knew this would be good, considering it was directed by Bong Joon Ho, who also directed my favorite movie ever "Snowpiercer." It really takes you back to a time of turmoil in Korea that I didn't really know about before. It was tragic and real, and leaves you unexpectedly satisfied, considering this is a movie about a famous cold case.

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    Shay Mar 14, 2017

    good ending. I felt frustrated throughout the entire movie and I believe that was the point. That this case was unsolved no matter how many times they thought they were almost there, they weren't even close

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    Shay Mar 14, 2017
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    ali Feb 26, 2017 - edited

    Signal 9.3
    This obe 8.3

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      Hisato Mar 14, 2017

      That doesn't make sense, this movie in far superior imho.

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    Ruyi Jan 5, 2017 - edited

    is the movie better or the drama better?

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    souldoc70 Sep 26, 2016

    I wonder in the actual Hwaseong serial murders ,why did the killer stop killing? The police were never even close at catching him

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    souldoc70 Sep 26, 2016 - edited

    I finally got to watch it after hearing about it from Signal and after watching Song Kang Ho in The Throne. Heard about Quentin Taratino's praise for this director and wow! I am impressed - the plot development was good, I was never bored even for awhile. The acting was raw and so good especially SKH- he's not good looking but his presence commands absolute attention from the audience. The black humor / satirism is not over the top . In conclusion definitely a very high quality film ,at the same ranks as Taratino's or David Fischer's movies

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    KoriNeko18 Jun 7, 2016

    Amazing movie! The actors were amazing, and to be honest, I love crime films. The ending is insanely chilling as well.
    To those who didn't like the ending, let's remember it's based on a real life serial killer case, and it mirrors the reality of the case.

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    Ceki Mar 17, 2016

    This movie made me so angry, especially the ending. Such a disappointment even though the acting was superb.

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    FadouBebo Jan 2, 2016

    Masterpiece. Each movie with Song Kang_Ho are pur art...

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    irish Dec 2, 2015



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    South Korea
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  • Release Date:

    May 2, 2003
  • Duration:

    2 hr. 7 min.


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