Memories of Murder
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The year is 1986, and a small village in Korea’s Gyeonggi Province suffers several brutal, sexualized murders. In a country that has never known such crimes, the dark whispers about a serial killer grow louder, and intense media frenzy follows. A local cop and a special detective from the capital begin to investigate, and their rude measures become more desperate with each new corpse found, as they begin to transform under pressure. Bong based his thought-provoking and horrifying story on a true murder case that remained unsolved for over three decades.
Director Bong Joon-ho will give a personal video greeting to Films from the South before the film.
Bong Joon-ho (b. 1969) is one of South Korea's most internationally renowned filmmakers, and extremely popular with the home crowd. The Host (2006), Snowpiercer (2013) and Parasite (2019) rank among the highest-grossing films of all time at the Korean box office. Bong’s feature film debut was Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000), and his international breakthrough came in 2003 with the crime thriller Memories of Murder, before Mother followed in 2009. His trademarks are a dark sense of humour, rapid mood shifts, and a strong visual style with keen attention to detail. At this year’s Films From the South, you can deep-dive into Bong’s filmography in a comprehensive retrospective.
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Original title Sarin ui chu-eok
Country South Korea
Director Bong Joon-ho
Screenplay Bong Joon-ho
Cinematography Hyung Koo Kim
Producer Seoung-Jae Cha, Moo-Ryoung Kim, Jong-yun No
Cast Kang-ho Song, Sang-kyung Kim, Roe-ha Kim
Runtime 2h 7m
Genre Drama, Suspense
Age limit 15