Why I Love… Memories of Murder

A few months ago I shared my thoughts on the animated movie, The Great Mouse Detective. This month I discuss the reasons I admire the decidedly not-for-kids procedural film Memories of Murder directed by Bong Joon Ho. Clearly I am trying to illustrate the breadth of my taste in crime-related films… Expect the next installment to fall somewhere between these two extremes.

Whether you share my love of this film or not, I would love to hear your thoughts about it. Please feel free to share your opinions in the comments below.

4 thoughts on “Why I Love… Memories of Murder

  1. i was blown away by this movie. It was an astonishing blend of beauty in the cinematography of the landscape, surreal and black humor among the seemingly indifferent police, and the horror of the randomness in the murders. I ended up exploring all of Bong’s movies and that led me to other Korean crime and horror movies. Of those that I watched over a period of five years I especially think these are the finest: The Tale of Two Sisters, Mother (also directed by Joong-Ho Bong), and with some reservations The Wailing.

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    1. The murders certainly are horrific in spite of, or perhaps because of, the director’s restraint in showing gore. Instead it is the truly odd details of each crime, some of which came from the real cases, that really unsettles and horrifies.
      I appreciate what you say too about the surreal and black humor – I had forgotten that prior to revisiting it.
      Thanks for the suggestions – I have The Tale of Two Sisters on my queue and will bump it a little higher based on your recommendation!


  2. Really enjoyed your video, it touched on some really interesting points. I really liked the film too, I liked how it wasn’t your typical crime thriller in the sense just sorting out the perpetrator; it really gave you insight into the time in which it was set and how things operated. Also, it’s quite nerving to think that they hadn’t caught the killer when this was filmed – like he probably saw this and that just gives me chills. But love your content!

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    1. Thank you very much. I think that was really what I responded to as well – that we are left without a sense of resolution and understand how this case has just gnawed away at them over the years and fundamentally changed who they were. And yes, that is such a chilling idea!

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