MEMORIES OF MURDER
Bong Joon Ho's masterful, gonzo comic take on the police procedural won him worldwide acclaim and helped make the Korean New Wave a full-fledged international force. Set against the political turbulence of the 1980s, MEMORIES OF MURDER traces the friction that develops between a pair of detectives — one a small-town investigator in over his head, the other a young hotshot from Seoul — as they try to catch a serial killer who is murdering women on rainy nights. But as each lead turns up a dead end, their investigation seems to wind only toward nihilistic despair. Based on the true story of South Korea's first serial killer, this singular policier eschews crime thriller conventions in favor of a haunting, richly human exploration of failure and existential futility. "A police procedural like no other...altogether remarkable." – Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice. (Note courtesy of Film at Lincoln Center.) DIR/SCR Bong Joon Ho; SCR Shim Seong-bo; PROD Cha Seung-jae, Kim Moo-Ryoung, No Jong-yun. South Korea, 2003, color, 132 min. In Korean with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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