Memories of Murder (2003, South Korea)

Original title: Salinui chueok

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Running time: 130 minutes

Language: Korean

In 1986 in Gyunggi province of South Korea police finds the body of a young woman raped and strangled in the ditch in the middle of rice fields. They start the investigation when second body is found. The local police is not prepared to deal with serial killer and an officer from Seoul joins the team. Together they have to find the killer before he strikes again.

Based on the real events of serial killer case in South Korea in 1980s this film is the most gripping and crime movies in decades. Despite showing what seems to be a routing investigation it keeps the viewers involved for the whole two hours. Great movie, far better than most of the European and American productions.

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Creators of Memories of Murder

Joon-ho Bong films

Joon-ho Bong


Kwang-rim Kim films

Kwang-rim Kim


Sung Bo Shim films

Sung Bo Shim


Joon-ho Bong films

Joon-ho Bong


Cast of Memories of Murder

Kang-ho Song films

Kang-ho Song

as Detective Park Doo-Man

Sang-kyung Kim films

Sang-kyung Kim

as Detective Seo Tae-Yoon

Roe-ha Kim films

Roe-ha Kim

as Detective Cho Yong-koo

Jae-ho Song films

Jae-ho Song

as Sergeant Shin Dong-chul

No-shik Park films

No-shik Park

as Baek Kwang-ho

Tae-Ho Ryu films

Tae-Ho Ryu

as Jo Byeong-Sun

Hae-il Park films

Hae-il Park

as Park Hyeon-gyu

Memories of Murder trivia

The killer inentified

In 2019 the real Hwaseong Strangler was identified through DNA match as Lee Choon-jae, who was at that time serving life sentence for rape and murder of his sister-in-law. Later Lee confessed to murders and attacks on women in Hwaseong and nearby areas, however due to statute of limitations he could not be prosecuted for those crimes.

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