Memories of Murder is Released

Memories of Murder (Korean: 살인의 추억 Sarinui Chueok) is a 2003 South Korean drama film directed by Bong Joon-ho.

It is based on the true story of the country's first known serial murders, which took place between 1986 and 1991 in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province. The film's cinematography, as well as Song Kang-ho's performance, earned it wide praise.

The film was the second feature film directed by Bong Joon-ho, following his 2000 debut film Barking Dogs Never Bite. The screenplay was adapted by Bong and Shim Sung-bo from Kim Kwang-rim's 1996 stage play about the same subject. Song Kang-ho and Kim Sang-kyung star as two of the detectives trying to solve the crimes.

Throughout the film, Bong fills his compositions with elements that sum up the incongruity, the sheer messiness, of life at its most banal, even in the middle of a murder investigation. At that same murder scene, people keep slipping down an embankment; children pull apart the scene, destroying any forensic integrity, obliterating clues. The cops round up the usual suspects and interrogate them the usual way: punches followed by kicks followed by more punches. It's not that they get no confessions, it's that everyone confesses.