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Memories of Murder
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08.18.2005 By: Scott Weinberg
Memories of Murder order
Director:
Joon-ho Bong

Actors:
Kang-ho Song
Sang-kyung Kim
Roe-ha Kim

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The inexperienced policemen of a small South Korean town are completely unable to track down their very first serial killer.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
A lot less flashy than the sort of crime thrillers that U.S. audiences are accustomed to, Memories of Murder is a straightforward police procedural with quite a bit of intensity, insight, and just enough ironic humor to keep things spicy.

Based on a series of actual killings (and their subsequent investigations), Memories of Murder may take its good old time getting around to the meat of the matter, but the flick proves to be pretty darn engrossing throughout. It's interesting enough in a "crime story" sort of way, but when you include the fact that most of this stuff actually happened -- you'll find yourself equally fascinated and astonished by the facts of the case.

Since the serial killer's spree took place in the mid-1980s, long before the agents of Korean law enforcement had access to (or experience with) the more modern forensic technologies, it only stands to reason that this case would prove to be a tough nut to crack ... but the unflinchingly honest way in which the investigators' collective ineptitude is displayed, well, it makes from some pretty invigorating storytelling.

THE EXTRAS
The main goodie is a 36-minute Behind the Scenes / Making-Of featurette that features numerous talking-head interview sections with cast & crew members.

You'll also find eight deleted scenes, the original Memories of Murder teaser and trailer, as well as a small trailer gallery for upcoming Palm releases like Breaking News, Cronicas, The Work of Director Mark Romanek, The Work of Director Stephane Sednaoui, The Work of Director Jonathan Glazer, and The Work of Director Anton Corbijn

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Memories of Murder might move at a fairly languid pace, yet it never does wear out its welcome. This is a low-key and challenging crime story, and it'd make a solid companion piece to the brilliant old HBO flick Citizen X.
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