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February 08, 2022

MEMORIES OF MURDER — THE CRITERION COLLECTION

COLE SMITHEY

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ColeSmithey.comBong Joon-ho's second feature (2003) is a gritty yet humorous thriller based on Korea's "first confirmed serial killer."

Joon-ho's recurring actor Kang-ho Song ("Parasite") plays Park Doo-man, a ham-fisted detective obsessed with catching the killer.

Badass, but not too sharp.

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Suspense, slapstick, and irony blend into a heady filmic concoction.

"Memories of Murder" is the film that put Bong Joon-ho on the map, for good reason.

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The rest is ongoing history of international cinematic success.

Not Rated. 132 mins.

5 Stars

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