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Memories of Murder (2003)

Director:
Bong Joon-ho

ORIGINAL TITLE
살인의 추억

ROMANIZED TITLE
Sarinui Chueok

COUNTRY
South Korea
GENRE
Crime/Thriller
RUNNING TIME
131 minutes
Producer:
Cha Seung-jae
Screenwriter:
Bong Joon-ho
Shim Sung-bo


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Park Doo-man Song Kang-ho
Seo Tae-yoon Kim Sang-kyung
Cho Yong-koo Kim Roi-ha
Sergeant Shin Dong-chul Song Jae-ho -
Sergeant Koo Hee-bong Byun Hee-bong -
Jo Byeong-Sun Ryu Tae-Ho -
Baek Kwang-ho Park No-shik -
Park Hyeon-gyu Park Hae-il

 

Review

A black comedy about police incompetence, ineffective interrogation methods, and mass hysteria in the wake of a serial killer in semi-rural South Korea in the 1980s, signed director Bong Joon-ho (later of Parasite). With its peculiar tone, delicately balanced between the grimness of the killer's actions and the absurdity of our protagonists lacking ability to deal with the situation, the film creeps up on you and slowly tightens its grip. There is real finesse in Mr. Bong's storytelling; he knows how to lead the emotional responses of his audience, and he uses it to effect without ever coming off as manipulative or speculative. On the contrary, he seems genuinely and amusingly interested in the social mechanisms he is describing. And of course, in the real-life crimes upon which the film is loosely based. A fascinating study of human ineptitude in all its glory, and in our need to find easy solutions to the things we cannot fathom.

Copyright 23.05.2022 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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