Memories Of Murder

Memories Of Murder (살인의 추억) - Special Edition (2 Disc Set)

DVD · Code 3Süd-Korea · Crime ⁄ Drama ⁄ Thriller · CJ Entertainment · Süd-Korea 2003

This is a true story.

1986 to 1991.
In a small town outside Seoul, over the course of six years 10 women were raped and murdered in a 2km radius. Korean society's first serial killer took the lives of 10 victims, ranging from a 71 year-old grandmother to a 13 year old schoolgirl.
As time went on, the methods of the killer grew more bold and well-planned. One victim was stabbed 19 times in the chest, while another victim was found with nine pieces of a peach embedded inside her.
Other than the victims, the killer left not a single shred of evidence. Over 3,000 suspects were interrogated. At least 300,000 police took part in the massive investigation. But not a single person was indicted for the crimes.

This is a story about the detectives.
At a time in Korea when a murder investigation only meant grilling those who knew the victim, For these officers everything was a new experience.
There was no profiling mechanism, nor any idea of preserving the crime scene for forensic investigation. Only search and interrogation based on the detectives' sense of duty and persistence.
In this age of ignorance, two detectives at the bottom of an ill-supported police force, Have only themselves to rely on to face this horrific series of events.
The film reminisces about a time of innocence when the inability to comprehend such heinous acts led to unbelievable mishaps and harrowing nightmares. Both death and laughter infuse the "MEMORY OF MURDER"

1986 Gyunggi Province. The body of a young woman is found brutally raped and murdered. Two months later, a series of rapes and murders commences under similar circumstances. And in a country that had never known such crimes, the dark whispers about a serial murderer grow louder.
A special task force is set up in the area, with two local detectives Park Doo-Man (played by Song Kang-Ho) and Jo Young-Goo (played by Kim Nae-Ha) joined by a detective from Seoul who requested to be assigned to the case, Seo Tae-Yoon (played by Kim Sang-Gyung). Park personifies the policeman who goes with his instincts and his fists, bloodily challenging every small-time crook in the area to confess. In contrast, Seo pores over evidentiary documents related to the case and inevitably the clash of styles leads to tense rivalry.
From the fact that not a single hair is ever found at the scene, Park takes off to search the area's temples and public baths for people with follicular disease, while Seo finds a pattern in the evidence of women wearing red on a rainy day as the victim's profile. On a rainy day, the detectives set up a trap in order to forestall another murder. The next day however, yet another woman is found murdered - with an umbrella speared through her pubis. The solution to the murders grows fainter and drives the detectives to ever greater despair.

An exceptional screenplay, an unusual fusion of death and laughter Based on a true story, "Memories of Murder" is a rich blend of a year's research, visits to the crime scenes, and interviews with key detectives and reporters that distinguishes itself from typical crime movies. "Memories of Murder" is a special recollection of the nightmarish events during those rough times with compelling, true-to-life characters that bring death and laughter together.
Shot completely on multiple locations throughout the country! The rural village and its surrounding fields of the late '80's is another central character of "Memories of Murder." The production team traveled to all corners of the country in search of remnants of the era. They eventually came to call themselves "The Traveling Minstrels." Since most of the scenes had been planned to be shot in overcast weather, the crew's patience was tested regularly while they waited for clouds. For the final crime scene, they ended up waiting two weeks for rain while the rest of the shooting had wrapped. Their persistence and dedication resulted in capturing the distinctive images onscreen.

'86 & '87: back in the day...
Even though it was only about fifteen years ago, things in Korea were quite different then.

  • Sirens would announce the frequent practice air raids and the country would sink into the darkness of blackouts, and schools conducted biochemical warfare evacuation drills.

  • The police lacked the resources for DNA testing and had to send their samples to the U.S. or Japan. Once, during the investigation, they were notified two months after submitting a sample that the lab was too busy to carry out the testing.

  • In the countryside, people usually sought treatment from unlicensed practitioners who would make house calls for illegal injections instead of going to the hospital.

  • People tuned in to watch "Head Detective" and "Pastoral Diaries" on television, and Lee Moon-sae's songs ruled the airwaves.

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Titel: Memories Of Murder (살인의 추억) - Special Edition (2 Disc Set)
Orginal Titel: 살인의 추억 (Salinui chueok)
Deutscher Titel: Memories Of Murder
Genre: Crime ⁄ Drama ⁄ Thriller
Studio: CJ Entertainment
Vertrieb: CJ Entertainment
Land / Jahr: Süd-Korea 2003
Altersfreigabe: Süd-Korea: ab 15
Länge: 130:46 Minuten

Cast & Crew

Regisseur:Joon-ho BONG
Autor:Joon-ho BONG
Kwang-rim KIM
Sung Bo SHIM
Produzent:Seoung-Jae CHA
Ausführender Produzent:Kang-bok LEE
Kamera:Hyeong-gyu KIM
Musik:Taroh IWASHIRO
Besetzung:Kang-ho SONG als Park, Du-man
Sang-kyung KIM als Seo, Tae-yun
Roi-ha KIM als Jo, Yong-gu
Jae-ho SONG als Commander Shin
Hee Bong BYEON als Commander Gu
Seo-hie KO als Kwon, Kwi-ok
No-shik PARK als Baek, Kwang-ho
Hae-il PARK als Park, Hyeon-gyu
Jong-ryol CHOI als Du-man's father
Mi-seon JEON als Du-man's lover
Ha-kyeong KIM

technische Daten der Disc

Medium: DVD
Region: Code 3 [Süd-KoreaSüd-Korea]
Casetype: Keep Case (Amaray) 2 Disc
Disctyp: DVD 9 [Film]
DVD 9 [Bonusmaterial]
Bildformat: 1.85:1 [anamorph]
Videocodec: MPEG-2
Videodetails: NTSC
Tonformate: Koreanisch Dolby Digital EX [O-Ton]
Koreanisch DTS ES 6.1 matrix [O-Ton]
Koreanisch Dolby Digital Stereo (2.0) [Audiokommentar]
Koreanisch Dolby Digital Stereo (2.0) [Audiokommentar]
Untertitel: Koreanisch, Englisch

Special Features

  • Hauptmenü
  • Kapitelauswahl
  • Sprach- & Untertitelauswahl
  • Booklet
  • Trailer + TV-Spots
  • Audiokommentar
  • Audiokommentar
  • MakingOf [25:00 Min.]
  • Interview(s)
  • Featurette 'Pre- und Post-Production' [57:00 Min.]
  • Fotogalerie
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Featurette 'Ausschnitt von der Premiere'