Bong Joon Ho

Memories of Murder

Memories of Murder

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 (Kim Sang Kyung) 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.

Film Info

  • Bong Joon Ho
  • South Korea
  • 2003
  • 131 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • Korean
  • Spine #1073

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised by cinematographer Kim Hyung Ku and approved by director Bong Joon Ho, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • 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
  • PLUS: An essay by critic and novelist Ed Park

    New cover by Greg Ruth

Purchase Options

Coming soon, available Apr 20, 2021

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised by cinematographer Kim Hyung Ku and approved by director Bong Joon Ho, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • 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
  • PLUS: An essay by critic and novelist Ed Park

    New cover by Greg Ruth
Memories of Murder
Cast
Song Kang Ho
Inspector Park Doo-man
Kim Sang Kyung
Inspector Seo Tae-yoon
Byun Hee Bong
Chief Koo Hee-bong
Song Jae Ho
Chief Shin Dong-chul
Kim Roe Ha
Inspector Jo Yong-gu
Koh Seo Hee
Officer Kwon Gwi-ok
Jeon Mi Seon
Kwak Seol-yeong
Park No Shik
Baek Kwang-ho
Ryu Tae Ho
Jo Byung-soon
Park Hae Il
Park Hyun-gyu
Credits
Director
Bong Joon Ho
Screenplay by
Bong Joon Ho
Shim Sung Bo
Original story by
Kim Gwang Rim
Produced by
Tcha Sung Jai
Coproducer
Kim Moo Ryoung
Executive producer
Lee Kang Bok
Cinematography by
Kim Hyung Ku
Lighting by
Lee Kang San
Production design by
Ryu Sung Hee
Edited by
Kim Sun Min
Music by
Taro Iwashiro
Costume design by
Kim Yoo Sun
Special effects by
Jeong Doe An