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Memories of murder = Salinui chueok

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Director-approved two-DVD special edition.


In Korean, with English subtitles.


Song Kang Ho, Kim Sang Kyung, Park Hae Il.

Publication Information

[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2021]

Physical Description

2 videodiscs (131 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 folded sheet (color illustrations ; 19 cm.)


Not rated.


Based on the true story of a serial killer. In his breakthrough second feature, Bong Joon Ho explodes the conventions of the policier with thrillingly subversive, genre-defying results. Based on the true story of a string of serial killings that rocked a rural community in the 1980s, Memories of Murder stars New Korean Cinema icon Song Kang Ho as the local officer who reluctantly joins forces with a seasoned Seoul detective to investigate the crimes--leading each man on a wrenching, yearslong odyssey of failure and frustration that will drive him to the existential edge. Combining a gripping procedural with a vivid social portrait of the everyday absurdity of life under military rule, Bong fashions a haunting journey into ever-deepening darkness that begins as a black-comic satire and ends as a soul-shattering encounter with the abyss.


Based on the play "Come to see me" by Kim Gwang Rim.

Originally released as a motion picture in 2003.

Special features: New 4K digital restoration, supervised by cinematographer Kim Hyung Ku and approved by director Bong Joon Ho ; two 2003 commentaries featuring Bong and members of the cast and crew, plus a new commentary featuring critic Tony Rayns ; new interview with filmmaker Guillermo del Toro ; new interview with Bong about the real-life serial killer who inspired the film ; documentary from 2004 on the making of the film ; deleted scenes with optional audio commentary by Bong ; new interview with film scholar Jeff Smith on the use of sound in Bong's work ; Incoherence, a 1994 student film by Bong, with a new introduction by the director ; teaser, trailer, and TV spot.

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