AKA: Salinui Chueok
Directed by: Bong Joon Ho
Starring: Song Kang-ho (Local detective), Kim Sang-kyung (City detective), Kim Roi-ha (Violent detective), Park Hae-il (Hyeon-gyu)
Country: South Korea, Asian Cinema
Language: Korean (Eng Subs)
Genres: Serial Killers, Based on a True Story, Detective-Mystery, Rape-Sexual-Violence against Women, Voyeur
Plot – Spoilers:
In the mid ’80s, women are turning up gagged, raped and dead in South Korean fields. The police don’t have much experience with tracking serial killers and much of their knowledge comes from American TV shows.
The two main detectives assigned to the case try their best to upstage each other – it’s a conflict between the more educated, snobbish city detective and the resentful, local detective who thinks the former is just a veneer of sophistication covering up for the inability to grasp ground realities.
Memories of Murder by the South Korean master Bong Joon Ho, is as much about a violent crime, as it is about the helplessness of detectives trying to crack something they haven’t been trained to do.
The film is based on Lee Choon-jae, believed to be South Korea’s first known serial killer, who killed from 1986-91. Ironically, he was identified only in 2019, 16 years after this film, though he’d been in prison since the mid-’90s for the rape and murder of his sister-in-law.