Tough and hardboiled, clever and sneaky - Memories of Murder is the story a bout the Special Investigation Taskforce ofthe Seoul Metropolitan Police Bureau, and a bewildered serial killer on the run. Based on a real life story, this South Korean film lets Y0U into the centre of a murder chase led by Park Doo-man (played by Song Kang-ho), and Cho Yong-Koo (Kim Rwe-ha), two country cops working purely on instinct, using the old fashioned style where dedicated commitment is the key to chase down a criminal and the fists do the talking. They are set up with a new partner, the cerebral and patient city cop detective Seo Tae-yoon (played by Kim Sang-Kyung), who punches data and finds his answers through hard evidence. After ten victims, the cops are at a loss and the maniac is still haunting the South Korean countryside. The brilliant Song Kang-ho (Joint SecuritY Area, 2000, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, 2002), stars in title lead as experienced and roughened copper Park Doo-man, and with an exceptional screenplay and captivating cinematography, the film was shot on multiple locations throughout South Korea. Memories of murder is a hardboiled, yet sophisticated suspense thriller in which death fusions with laughter, as it so commonly does within South Corean film, which seems to have established its own, unique trademarks. DANIEL ILIC

Title
Memories of Murder
Director
Bong Joon-Ho
Country
South Korea
Length
129 min
Festival
2003
Section
Competition
Language
Korean
Production year
2003
Cast
Kang-Ho Song,Sang Kyung Kim,Roe-Ha Kim
Producer
Kim Moo-Ryung
Script
Bong Joon-Hi
Music
Iwashiro Taro

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