Memories of Murder

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In 1986, in the province of Gyunggi, in South Korea, a second young and beautiful woman is found dead…

Release Year: 2003

Rating: 8.1/10 (18,610 voted)

Critic's Score: 82/100

Joon-ho Bong

Stars: Kang-ho Song, Sang-kyung Kim, Roe-ha Kim

In 1986, in the province of Gyunggi, in South Korea, a second young and beautiful woman is found dead, raped and tied and gagged with her underwear. Detective Park Doo-Man and Detective Cho Yong-koo, two brutal and stupid local detectives without any technique, investigate the murder using brutality and torturing the suspects, without any practical result. The Detective Seo Tae-Yoon from Seul comes to the country to help the investigations and is convinced that a serial-killer is killing the women. When a third woman is found dead in the same "modus-operandi", the detectives find leads of the assassin.

Writers: Joon-ho Bong, Kwang-rim Kim


Kang-ho Song

Detective Park Doo-Man

Sang-kyung Kim

Detective Seo Tae-Yoon

Roe-ha Kim

Detective Cho Yong-koo

Jae-ho Song

Sergeant Shin Dong-chul

Hie-bong Byeon

Sergeant Koo Hee-bong

Seo-hie Ko

Officer Kwon Kwi-ok

No-shik Park

Baek, Kwang-ho

Hae-il Park

Park, Hyeon-gyu

Jong-ryol Choi

Du-man's father

Mi-seon Jeon

Kwok Seol-yung

In-seon Jeong

Ha-kyeong Kim

Jae-eung Lee

Young-hwa Seo

Ji-ru Sung


Official Website:
Official site [South Korea] |

Release Date: 2 May 2003

Opening Weekend: $4,487
(17 July 2005)
(1 Screen)

Gross: $14,131
(31 July 2005)

Technical Specs


(Toronto International Film Festival)
(Filmfest Hamburg)
South Korea:

Did You Know?


Beginning in June 2000, it took Joon-ho Bong a year to write the script for
Memories of Murder, yet he has stated that: "For the first six months, I didn't write a line of the script. I just did research."


The letter from the FBI about the semen DNA testing is signed by director Clarence M. Kelly. Kelly was director from 1973-1978. William H. Webster was director in 1986.


Rape suspect:
But… is wanking a crime?

User Review

nothing prepares me for this masterpiece

Rating: 10/10

I read a review about this movie and am aware what business it made in
Korea, but nothing (I mean NOTHING) prepares me for this great work. With
the exception of, perhaps, SE7EN, serial-killer movie has never been this
good. The story (about real-life killings of 10 women in Korea during the
1986-1991) is compelling enough, but the actors (Song Kang-ho cuts you
even when he's silent, and his big-city partner offers emotional jolts at
the end), the director (effectively plays some scenes in docu-style
approach), the cinematography (a shadow creeps out in the paddy field will
give you, well, creeps. big one.), and the music (haunting) are welcome

One scene that impresses me most is the crime-scene midnight chase between
suspect, 2 local detectives, and a big-city detective (who doesn't know
local partners are there watching him). Humorously intense, or intensely
humorous, whichever serves you well.

The only regret is I saw this one on DVD, while I believe a movie this big
(in many senses) deserves to be seen in theaters. Korean movies rarely
Indonesian theaters.

**** out of ****

Try to listen the song SAD LETTER in this movie and tell me it's not
haunting you. A magnum opus.