Memories of Murder

May 2nd, 2003


Memories of Murder

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In 1986, in the province of Gyunggi, in South Korea, a second young and beautiful woman is found dead...

Release Year: 2003

Rating: 8.1/10 (18,610 voted)

Critic's Score: 82/100

Director: Joon-ho Bong

Stars: Kang-ho Song, Sang-kyung Kim, Roe-ha Kim

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 Seul 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.

Writers: Joon-ho Bong, Kwang-rim Kim

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
Hie-bong Byeon - Sergeant Koo Hee-bong
Seo-hie Ko - Officer Kwon Kwi-ok
No-shik Park - Baek, Kwang-ho
Hae-il Park - Park, Hyeon-gyu
Jong-ryol Choi - Du-man's father
Mi-seon Jeon - Kwok Seol-yung
In-seon Jeong -
Ha-kyeong Kim -
Jae-eung Lee -
Young-hwa Seo -
Ji-ru Sung -


Official Website: Official site [South Korea] |

Release Date: 2 May 2003

Opening Weekend: $4,487 (USA) (17 July 2005) (1 Screen)

Gross: $14,131 (USA) (31 July 2005)

Technical Specs

Runtime: Canada: (Toronto International Film Festival)  | Germany: (Filmfest Hamburg)  | South Korea:  | USA:  | Argentina:

Did You Know?

Beginning in June 2000, it took Joon-ho Bong a year to write the script for Memories of Murder, yet he has stated that: "For the first six months, I didn't write a line of the script. I just did research."

Anachronisms: The letter from the FBI about the semen DNA testing is signed by director Clarence M. Kelly. Kelly was director from 1973-1978. William H. Webster was director in 1986.

Rape suspect: But... is wanking a crime?

User Review

nothing prepares me for this masterpiece

Rating: 10/10

I read a review about this movie and am aware what business it made in Korea, but nothing (I mean NOTHING) prepares me for this great work. With the exception of, perhaps, SE7EN, serial-killer movie has never been this good. The story (about real-life killings of 10 women in Korea during the 1986-1991) is compelling enough, but the actors (Song Kang-ho cuts you deep even when he's silent, and his big-city partner offers emotional jolts at the end), the director (effectively plays some scenes in docu-style approach), the cinematography (a shadow creeps out in the paddy field will give you, well, creeps. big one.), and the music (haunting) are welcome bonuses.

One scene that impresses me most is the crime-scene midnight chase between a suspect, 2 local detectives, and a big-city detective (who doesn't know his local partners are there watching him). Humorously intense, or intensely humorous, whichever serves you well.

The only regret is I saw this one on DVD, while I believe a movie this big (in many senses) deserves to be seen in theaters. Korean movies rarely touch Indonesian theaters.

**** out of ****

Try to listen the song SAD LETTER in this movie and tell me it's not haunting you. A magnum opus.


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