The Bottom Line
A strange deconstruction of the whodunit, shot as beautifully as Bong Joon-ho's The Host and every bit as unpredictable.
- Hilarious and disturbing police procedural about Korea's first serial killer
- Completely unpredictable and unique
- Dir. Bong Joon-ho, 2003.
- In Korean with English subtitles
- Deleted scenes, cast and crew interviews
Guide Review - Memories of Murder
Bong Joon-ho has been warping genre for a while now: in The Host
, he’s transcending the monster horror formula, and this previous movie is a police procedural that’s equally infused with dark humor, outbursts of violence, and human moments that are all the more touching because you didn’t see them coming. Byeon Hie-bong, who played the slacker father in The Host
, is a small-town cop trying to solve Korea’s first serial murder case. It all starts like any episode of CSI
or Prime Suspect
, but somehow the cops keep falling down, they can’t keep farmers from running over the evidence with tractors, and they’re not above beating confessions out of mentally disabled witnesses.