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Memories of Murder (2003)

  Tags: Asian Horror, based on true story, crime, drama, korean, memories of murder, south korea, thriller, underrated

Your rating: None Average: 6.6 (5 votes)
Reviewer Rating: 
8

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Rating #: 
8/10
Director: 
Joon-ho Bong
Runtime: 
130 minutes
Cast: 
Kang-ho Song, Sang-kyung Kim, Roe-ha Kim


This movie really surprised me. Although I've read a lot of positive reviews, I was expecting it to be a decent flick, but never expected it to be as good as it turned out to be. This is probably one of the best Korean flicks I've seen thanks to the excellent performances and intriguing story.

The plot behind this flick is based around true events that occurred in South Korea through '86 to '91, which baffled the police force. Around this time South Korea was still under the rule of the military government, which is why a siren is sound after a certain time, which is basically a curfew and anyone out after that time will be questioned. It is around this time that all the rapes and killings seem to occur. The movie basically follows two detectives in their pursuit of the mad-man behind these murders. As we watch the movie we're given clues and such, which lead to a pattern of all the killings, but in the end there's no true explanation behind it. The movie is raw and brutal, but the thing is, there really isn't much for on-screen deaths. They always show what happens afterwards, and sometimes show events in flashbacks.

What I really liked about this flick was how it kept me guessing as to who the killer could be. They had a lot of prime suspects, but each one basically had an alibi or there wasn't enough evidence, which would continuously keep us guessing. The movie is a little over two hours long and not one minute was I bored. It hooked me from the start and keep me glued until the end. The movie's tone for the first half is a bit light-hearted, with some humor thrown here and there, but not enough to make it tedious or pointless to the rest of the story. After the second half things get more serious and most of the humor is gone. This is when the story really kicks into high-gear, especially since they start narrowing down the suspects.

The music was well placed and the film had a haunting mood throughout, which was mainly due to the murders taking place in isolated areas at night, while it was raining. In the end, this was an exceptionally good flick. I even liked the dark, but somehow touching, ending. This movie has been nominated and won many awards, and I wouldn't be surprised if it made its way to the US sometime.

A very good South Korean crime/thriller that keeps you guessing from start to finish. Definitely worth a check if you're into Asian flicks or just starting up. Check this out!... NOW!

Posted on August 16, 2009 - 3:34pm | FrighT MasteR

 

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