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Memories of Murder (2003)

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Coming Out at 2 May 2003 in theaters

“Salinui chueok”

Action, Crime, Drama

Memories of Murder is crime drama film co-written and directed by Bong Joon-ho. It is loosely based on the true story of Korea’s first serial murders in history, which took place between 1986 and 1991 in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province. Song Kang-ho and Kim Sang-kyung star as Detective Park and Detective Seo, respectively, two of the detectives trying to solve the crimes.

The film was the second feature film directed by Bong, following his 2000 debut film Barking Dogs Never Bite. The screenplay was adapted by Bong and Shim Sung-bo from Kim Kwang-rim’s 1996 stage play about the same subject. The film’s earned critical praise for cinematography and musical score, as well as Song Kang-ho’s performance, Bong’s direction and screenplay. It is considered as one of the best South Korean films of all time.

In October 1986, two women are found raped and murdered in a ditch. Local detective Park Doo-man, not having dealt with such a serious case before, is overwhelmed — evidence is improperly collected, the police’s investigative methods are suspect, and their forensic technology is near non-existent. Park claims he has a way of determining suspects by eye contact. He decides to first question a scarred mentally handicapped boy, Baek Kwang-ho, who resides in the town. He uses his eye contact method, thinking Baek is responsible, and has his partner Cho beat confessions out of Baek.

Director: Bong Joon Ho

Writers: Bong Joon Ho, Kwang-rim Kim (play), Sung-bo Shim

Stars: Kang-ho Song, Sang-kyung Kim, Roe-ha Kim, Jae-ho Song, Hee-Bong Byun, Seo-hie Ko

Cast:

Kang-ho SongDetective Park Doo-man
Sang-kyung KimDetective Seo Tae-yoon
Roe-ha KimDetective Cho Yong-koo
Jae-ho SongSergeant Shin Dong-chul
Hee-Bong ByunSergeant Koo Hee-bong
Seo-hie KoOfficer Kwon Kwi-ok
Tae-ho RyuJo Byeong-soon
No-shik ParkBaek Gwang-ho
Hae-il ParkPark Hyeon-gyu
Mi-seon JeonKwok Seol-yung
Young-hwa SeoEon Deok-nyeo
Woo Go-naKim So-hyeon
Ok-joo LeeOh Nam-joo
Jong-ryol ChoiGwang-ho’s father
Seung-mok YooJournalist
Hun-Kyung LeePark Yeong-ja
Hyeon-jong SinAutopsy doctor
Jae-eung LeeBoy in Opening Scene
In-sun JungGirl in Ending Scene
Byung-gil KwonDoctor
Bong-gi BaekCop Dressed as Woman
Hyeon-gi ChoiFarmer
Deok-jae JoInvestigator
Moon-Eui Jo
Ha-kyeong KimLee Han-suk
Joo-ryeong KimNurse
Dong-yong LeeSuspect
Yong OhCop
Hyun-young ParkPublic Relations Woman
Jin-woo ParkBroadcast Station AD
Tae-kyeong ParkDetective Colleague
Sung-bo ShimPhotojournalist
Dong-Hwan ShinOpening Farmer
Kang-gook SonDetective
Jin-ho SongFellow detective
Ga-hyun YunPsychic

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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