Memories of Murder / Salinui chueok (2003) [Criterion Collection, Spine #1073]
DVD Video, 2 x DVD9 | NTSC 16:9 | 720x480 | 2hr 11mn | 7.57 Gb + 7.35 Gb
Korean (한국어): Dolby AC3, 6 ch \ Dolby AC3, 2 ch \ Dolby AC3, 2 ch; English (Commentary): Dolby AC3, 2 ch
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
In his breakthrough second feature, Bong Joon Ho explodes the conventions of the policier with thrillingly subversive, genre-defying results. Based on the true story of a string of serial killings that rocked a rural community in the 1980s, Memories of Murder stars New Korean Cinema icon Song Kang Ho as the local officer who reluctantly joins forces with a seasoned Seoul detective (Kim Sang Kyung) to investigate the crimes—leading each man on a wrenching, yearslong odyssey of failure and frustration that will drive him to the existential edge. Combining a gripping procedural with a vivid social portrait of the everyday absurdity of life under military rule, Bong fashions a haunting journey into ever-deepening darkness that begins as a black-comic satire and ends as a soul-shattering encounter with the abyss.