Memories of Murder

Critics Consensus

Memories of Murder blends the familiar crime genre with social satire and comedy, capturing the all-too human desperation of its key characters.



Total Count: 40


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South Korea in 1986 under the military dictatorship: Two rural cops and a special detective from the capital investigate a series of brutal rape murders. Their rude measures become more desperate with each new corpse found.

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Song Kang Ho
as Detective Park
Kim Sang-kyung
as Detective Seo Tae-yoon
Roe-ha Kim
as Detective Cho
Kim Rwe-ha
as Detective Cho Yong-koo
Jae-ho Song
as Sergeant Shin
Song Jae-ho
as Sgt. Shin Dong-chul
Byun Hee-bong
as Sergeant Koo
Seo-hie Ko
as Officer Kwon
Ryu Tae-ho
as Jo Byeong-sun
Park Noh-shik
as Baek Gwang-ho
Jong-ryol Choi
as Du-man's Father
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Critic Reviews for Memories of Murder

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (4)

  • 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?

    Aug 15, 2017 | Full Review…
  • What's singular in all this is the director's angle into the material, which is subtle, difficult to pin down, elusive.

    Jul 29, 2005 | Full Review…
  • An involving and skillfully mounted film from Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-Ho that's based on a true story.

    Jul 28, 2005 | Full Review…
  • Bong not only has an eye for beauty there are some gorgeous shots of the country's farmland but for the absurd.

    Jul 21, 2005 | Rating: 3/4
  • Uses dark humor, incisive characterizations and social commentary to infuse its familiar detective tale with a distinctive flair.

    Jul 21, 2005
  • Memories of Murder is such a taut, effective thriller it's a shame you have to read subtitles to gauge just how good a movie it is.

    Jul 15, 2005 | Rating: 4.5/5

Audience Reviews for Memories of Murder

  • Mar 07, 2015
    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.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 07, 2013
    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.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer
  • Jun 12, 2013
    One of the best murder mystery films of all time! Based on a true story and an absolute must see!
    ZACHO D Super Reviewer
  • Apr 10, 2013
    Amidst civil war, an under-manned, under-funded, and unprepared police department are faced with a serial killer. Mindblowing!
    Marcus W Super Reviewer

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