Memories of Murder (2003)
Critic Consensus: Memories of Murder blends the familiar crime genre with social satire and comedy, capturing the all-too human desperation of its key characters.
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as Detective Park
as Detective Seo Tae-yoon
as Detective Cho
as Detective Cho Yong-koo
as Sergeant Shin
as Sgt. Shin Dong-chul
as Sergeant Koo
as Officer Kwon
as Jo Byeong-sun
as Baek Gwang-ho
as Du-man's Father
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Critic Reviews for Memories of Murder
How the hell does a film this tonally out there, with characters this lunkheaded and at times even cruel and hateful, manage to be so indescribably moving?
What's singular in all this is the director's angle into the material, which is subtle, difficult to pin down, elusive.
An involving and skillfully mounted film from Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-Ho that's based on a true story.
Bong not only has an eye for beauty there are some gorgeous shots of the country's farmland but for the absurd.
Uses dark humor, incisive characterizations and social commentary to infuse its familiar detective tale with a distinctive flair.
Audience Reviews for Memories of Murder
Bong Joon-ho uses a real Korean serial killer story as the basis for this always absorbing, terribly ironic and tragically hilarious crime drama that is both an intelligent social satire and a sharp political commentary, and he never ceases to surprise us until the very last shot.
A murder chronicle that engulfs you into its own mystique. A richly layered film with great cinematic devices, satirical and distant at first, desperate, elusive and suspenseful by the end.
"Do you see this kind of thing in Seoul often?" South Korea in 1986 under the military dictatorship: Two rural cops and a special detective from the capital investigate a series of brutal rape murder. Their crude measures become more desperate with each new corpse found. Based on a true case
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