Downtown Springfield Association
The Essentials: Memories of Murder (2003)

The Essentials: Memories of Murder (2003)

February, 5 2023 | 6:00 pm

305 South Campbell Avenue #101 Springfield, Missouri 65806

The Essentials: Contemporary Asian Cinema
Free for Members

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. [Criterion]

Starring: Song Kang-ho, Kim Sang-kyung, Roe-ha Kim
Director: Joon-ho Bong
Language: English, Korean
Genre(s): Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Crime