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Memories of Murder (2003)

Salinui chueok (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 2 May 2003 (South Korea)
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In a small Korean province in 1986, two detectives struggle with the case of multiple young women being found raped and murdered by an unknown culprit.

Director:

Bong Joon Ho

Writers:

Bong Joon Ho, Kwang-rim Kim (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kang-ho Song ... Detective Park Doo-man
Sang-kyung Kim ... Detective Seo Tae-yoon
Roe-ha Kim ... Detective Cho Yong-koo
Jae-ho Song ... Sergeant Shin Dong-chul
Hee-Bong Byun Hee-Bong Byun ... Sergeant Koo Hee-bong (as Hie-bong Byeon)
Seo-hie Ko ... Officer Kwon Kwi-ok
Tae-ho Ryu Tae-ho Ryu ... Jo Byeong-soon
No-shik Park ... Baek Gwang-ho
Hae-il Park ... Park Hyeon-gyu
Mi-seon Jeon ... Kwok Seol-yung
Young-hwa Seo ... Eon Deok-nyeo
Woo Go-na Woo Go-na ... Kim So-hyeon
Ok-joo Lee Ok-joo Lee ... Oh Nam-joo
Jong-ryol Choi Jong-ryol Choi ... Gwang-ho's father
Seung-mok Yoo Seung-mok Yoo ... Journalist
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Storyline

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. The Detective Seo Tae-Yoon from Seoul comes to the country to help the investigations 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. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

1986 in a small town...for two detectives, everything was new. See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean | English

Release Date:

2 May 2003 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Memories of Murder See more »

Filming Locations:

South Korea

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,487, 17 July 2005

Gross USA:

$15,357

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$547,456
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| | (Filmfest Hamburg)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Despite the film being based on a series of real murders in the Korean provincial town of Hwaeseong during the 1980s, Bong Joon Ho also drew a lot inspiration from a play called 'Come See Me' which dramatized the incidents, to the extent that he stated in an interview: "If it weren't for KIM Gwang-rim's play [Come See Me], I would have had a lot of problems establishing the structure." While he also gained the idea for the depiction of the era from the graphic novel 'From Hell' by the writer Alan Moore, which was given to Bong by the journalist Tony Rayns as a gift. See more »

Goofs

Several characters are seen wearing white iPod-style earbuds. Earbuds of this style did not exist before 2001. See more »

Quotes

Man in Morgue: There's something in the vagina... Looks like a peach... Nine pieces.
Detective Park Doo-Man: Do you see this kind of thing in Seoul often?
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Alternate Versions

The British DVD by Optimum Releasing has 5 minutes cut omitting the whole part of the film between the release of the last suspect and Detective Seo Tae-Yoon shadowing him. Therefore important scenes for the development of the story are missing, such as when the detectives are informed about the possibility of a DNA analysis of sperm found on one of the victim's clothes and that the sample has to be sent abroad because the required equipment is not in Korea. Also missing is the sequence where Detective Cho Yong-koo loses his leg and a scene with Kwok Seol-yung asking Detective Park Doo-Man to quit the police. See more »

Connections

Referenced in A Dirty Carnival (2006) See more »

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User Reviews

 
Great serial killer drama
1 January 2005 | by AKS-6See all my reviews

I'm one of those people who tend to think that South Korean movies are perhaps a bit too slow-paced for my taste. Memories of Murder isn't a fast-paced film, by any means, but this time the slow pace made this movie about an investigation of serial killings so much better than 95% of its American counterparts.

Essentially, Memories of Murder is a drama first with thriller and comedy elements (yes, in the first hour or so the movie is actually quite funny). Kang-ho Song and Sang-kyung Kim are brilliant as the two cops who have drastically different views on how to solve a crime. The character development is fascinating and believable thanks to a great script.

Highly recommended.


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