Memories of Murder
Memories of Murder (2003)

South Korea in 1986 under the military dictatorship: Two rural cops and a special detective from the capital investigate a series of brutal rape murders. Their rude measures become more desperate with each new corpse found.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 2, 2003
DVD Release Date: August 9, 2005
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Memories of Murder blends the familiar crime genre with social satire and comedy, capturing the all-too human desperation of its key characters.

Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

What's singular in all this is the director's angle into the material, which is subtle, difficult to pin down, elusive.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Uses dark humor, incisive characterizations and social commentary to infuse its familiar detective tale with a distinctive flair.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Superb police procedural film.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

An involving and skillfully mounted film from Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-Ho that's based on a true story.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

Memories of Murder is such a taut, effective thriller it's a shame you have to read subtitles to gauge just how good a movie it is.

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Nick Rogers

Joon-ho Bong lets viewers fall into the cops' frustrations, but these detectives are dogged, not downtrodden. "Memories" shows their lives, however tortured, outside the case - like "Heat" without antagonistic rivalries or a more political "Zodiac."

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Bong not only has an eye for beauty there are some gorgeous shots of the country's farmland but for the absurd.

Derek Elley

Establishes Bong as a helmer with a distinct vision of his own, supported by a strong cast that's totally at one with the material.

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Louis Proyect

A much better movie than the more recent and more heralded "Mother", another movie about a killer.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
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Stella Dallas
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Pierluigi Puccini
A murder chronicle that engulfs you into its own mystique. A richly layered film with great cinematic devices, satirical and distant at first, desperate,… More
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Lorenzo von Matterhorn
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JY Skacto
Joon-ho Bong has put out more than decent films over the years and <i>Memories of Murder</i> is no exception. Hands down, this is one great Korean… More