Based on the true story of South Korea’s first serial killer… when women start turning up dead in a small town in South Korea in 1986, two reluctantly-partnered cops resolve to bring the killer to justice. But it was a very different world then, and without DNA testing or modern forensics the investigators are forced to rely mainly on intuition and brute force. At times both touching and humorous, Memories of Murder is a riveting tale of a mysterious killer and the ceaseless pressure on those charged with stopping his rampage. —Palm Pictures
BONG Joon-ho studied Sociology at the Yonsei University and graduated from the Korean Film Academy. By 1995 he made three short films Memories in My Frame, White Man and Incoherence. He wrote and directed his first feature, Barking Dogs Never Bite, which won a Fipresci Award at the Hong Kong Film Festival in 2001. His second feature Memories of Murder won the Silver Shell award for the best director in San Sebastian Film Festival in 2003. In 2006 his third feature film, The Host, was selected for the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. —london.korean-culture.org
This was super weird in that the rapes/murders were so fucking brutally terrifying and stomach turning, but then everything else outside of that was like some kind of Kids in The Hall sketch filtered through an insane South Korean hobo's hallucinatory fever dreams. So obviously it was awesome.
Even better than its accidental Western companion piece, Zodiac, MoM is one of the most ambitious works of popular narrative in the last 20 years: from its tonal evolution that mirrors the characters' intro to "evil", the expressive switching of perspectives, its implicit capturing of an era's confusion, & one of the most convincing & involving depictions of man's confrontation with the void—and therefore himself.
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