Memories of Murder
Based on the true story of Korea’s first serial killer, Memories of Murder is Bong Joon-ho’s gripping, masterfully tense second feature. Regular Bong Joon-ho collaborator Song Kang-ho stars as a local detective whose life is consumed by the hunt for the elusive killer, who commits a string of murders in the rural town of Hwaseong. The killer has two grisly signatures: they strike on rainy nights, and all of their victims wear red. Seasoned Seoul detective Seo Tae-yoon (Kim Sang-kyung) joins the case, but even with the two detectives utmost efforts’ combined, the investigation proves frustrating, fraught and tests each man to the very limits.
Why You Should See This Film
If you’re a fan of David Fincher’s Zodiac, you have to see Memories of Murder. Consistently praised as one of the best films of its kind, it satisfies that specific kind of serial killer procedural fix. Voted one of the 30 key films of the 2000s by Sight & Sound, and listed among Guillermo del Toro and Quentin Tarantino’s favourite films, it’s one of Bong Joon-ho’s greatest achievements.
- Year: 2003
- Rating: MA15+
- Director: Bong Joon-ho
- Cast: Song Kang Ho, Kim Sang Kyung, Byun Hee Bong
- Duration: 131 minutes
- Language: Korean with English subtitles