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Memories Of Murder


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: C     Film: B-



Serial Killers are everywhere it seems, though the media exaggerates their existence quite a bit.  Is it because they are a convenient distraction from those in power who are not doing their job?  After all, any generic killer will do and no one has to give them big paychecks.  However, Bong Joon-ho’s Memories Of Murder (2003) is a bit different in that it is about the first-ever such killer in South Korea and the major efforts it took to hunt the killer down.


Joon-ho co-wrote the screenplay with Shim Sung-bo, mixing the actual case with some off beat humor that is not typical of the genre and makes for an interesting change in one of the worst cycles in recent cinema history.  Most of the films have been awful, but a few classics and interesting little pictures like this have resulted just the same.  The cops and their attitude about the case is as believable and convincing as anything you would see on TV’s Homicide, a real compliment, and gives us a look at a country we hear so much about yet see too little of.  This is made more interesting due to their lack of advanced forensic technology at the time.  The cast is very good all around and the film justifies it 132 minutes length well.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image was shot by Kim Hyung-Gu and is not obsessed with the tired, clichéd, dark, color-gutted look of so many bad Hollywood productions of late, yet has a natural looking darkness to it when those scenes surface.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 English, 2.0 Korean and 2.0 English all playback well.  The 2.0 mixes have Pro Logic surrounds and the English dubbing is not bad, though the Korean mix is the most natural.  Extras include weblinks, deleted scenes, cast/crew interviews mixed with behind the scenes footage, original Korean teaser & trailer and previews for other Palm titles.  Memories Of Murder is about a six-year period where a country felt helpless because of one killer.  You will be surprised how good it is if you give it a chance, so catch it.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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