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Memories of Murder Rated 15

Memories of Murder

Dir. Bong Joon-ho. South Korea, 2003. 2h 11m. Korean/subs. Starring Kang Ho Song, Sang Kyung Kim, Roe Ha Kim, Jae Ho Song.

In 1986 Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, city detective Seo Tae-yoon is brought in to help the inept local police department with the investigation into a serial killer. Inspired by true events, Bong Joon Ho's (Parasite, Snowpiercer) thrilling police procedural blends true-crime with social satire and even comedy in typically masterful fashion.

‘Most telling of all is that tone, the slow, deep nuancing of what once felt cartoonish, the antic slapstick that suddenly turns sombre. With Bong, you never see what's coming. And then you're face to face.’ ★★★★★ Danny Leigh, The FT

‘Memories of Murder is a great satire of official laxity and arrogance, and its final scene is very chilling.’ ★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian


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