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Memories of Murder (살인의 추억)

살인의 추억 (Sal-in-sui Choo-eok)

Directed by Bong Joon-ho (봉준호)

Screenplay by ,


127min | Release date in South Korea :

1986, Gyunggi Province. A young woman is found brutally raped and murdered. A couple of months later, several other rapes and murders occur under similar circumstances. In a country that has never known such crimes, the dark whispers about a serial killer grow louder. A special task force is set up in the area. A local detective, Park Doo-man, is joined by a detective from Seoul who requested to be assigned to the case, Seo Tae-yoon. Finding the killer grows more and more difficult, however, driving the detectives to ever greater despair.


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  • [HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "Memories of Murder" and Watershed Wonderings

    In the Spotlight this Week: "Memories of Murder" (2003) by Bong Joon-ho Bong Joon-ho's sophomore feature "Memories of Murder" is, quite simply, a must-see modern classic. This sophisticated crime drama recounts the investigation of a series of unsolved murders that occurred in the city of Hwaseong (Gyeonggi Province) between October 1986 and April 1991. Bong reportedly drew inspiration from Kim Gwang-rim's play "Come See Me", as well as Alan Moore's graphic novel "From Hell". The film earned the interest of more than five million viewers when it was released in Korea in 2003, which made it the most watched Korean movie that year. In addition to being a huge crowd pleaser, "Memories of Murder" was awarded a number of accolades locally and abroad. Most notably winning Best Director and Best Actor (Song Kang-ho) at the 2003 Grand Bell Awards – Korea's longest running and most prestigious awards ceremony,...More
  • [HanCinema's Film Review] "Memories of Murder"

    Released in 2003, "Memories of Murder" is a true Korean genre film. Famed director Bong Joon-ho ("Barking Dogs Never Bite", "The Host", "Mother - 2009") has created a deeply rich crime thriller that is well paced, captivating and very satisfying to watch. The film is inspired by a series of brutal murders of 10 women during the 80's in a small town in Gyeonggi Province. Korea was still under a militaristic and authoritarian government at the time when progressive social and political change was just on the horizon,...More

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 Produced by
 Cha Seung-jae (차승재)
 Baek Cheol-hyeon (백철현)
 Production department
 Ryoo Seong-hee (류성희)
 Art director/Production designer/Set design
 Lee Yong-joo-I (이용주)
 Directing department
 Kim Seok-jung (김석정)
 Lighting/cinematography department
 Kim Hyung-koo (김형구)
 Yoon Joon-hee (윤준희)
 Lighting/cinematography department
 Sim Seong-bo (심성보)
 Script supervisor
 Lee Hoo-kyoung (이후경)
 Set department
 Kim Hyeong-joo (김형주)
 Editing department
 Jung Do-an (정도안)
 Special effects
 Jung Do-an (정도안)
 Special effets team
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127 min 
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Release date in South Korea : 2003/04/25
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As of 2020.05.31 :  12 834  admissions (total)
As of 2020.03.22 :  12 469  admissions (total)
As of 2020.03.15 :  11 099  admissions (total)
As of 2020.02.23 :  8 404  admissions (total)
As of 2019.09.08 :  7 883  admissions (total)
As of 2019.06.02 :  5 751  admissions (total)
As of 2019.05.26 :  5 245  admissions (total)
As of 2019.05.19 :  4 297  admissions (total)
As of 2018.03.25 : 3 833 admissions (total)
As of 2016.09.18 : 2 338  admissions (total)
As of 2016.09.11 : 783 admissions (total)

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One of the best korean movie that I've watched as well.
2006-11-01 02:46:19
2006-10-18 20:06:54
yes, only one of the best korean movie and simply one the best movie too.... everybody should watch it only 1 time!
One of the greatest Korean movie of the decade !
2006-09-21 01:55:20
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