"Memories of Murder" is Bong Joon-ho's second feature film, which earned him the nickname Bongtail in the sense of "a director with details" while receiving various awards at various film festivals for the first time.

Song Kang-ho, who starred as a leading actor, also swept the awards, winning the Best Male Actor award at the Korean Film Awards."Memories of Murder" was set in the 1980s when Lee Chun-jae's serial murder actually took place in Korea, and citizens' interest in the case increased.

Detective Ha Seung-kyun, the head of the Gyeonggi Provincial Police Agency's violent crime department, who is Park Doo-man's real model in the movie, said, "I watched the movie at a car theater. I was in pain all along because of a scene I didn't want to remember."

The main actor Song Kang-ho did the ad-lib in the movie, "Are you eating?"There is ', which became a big topic even after the release of the movie, and became one of the representative buzzwords from the movie.

In an interview with the Dong-A Ilbo after the movie's release, Song Kang-ho explained the line, "It may be a strange word, but it is said to the criminal of the actual Hwaseong serial murder beyond the criminal in the movie." Meanwhile, Bong Joon-ho also explained in the 10th anniversary talk of "Memories of Murder," saying, "The intention was to make eye contact with the detective and the criminal."

The Memories of Murder plot is as follows.
In 1986, a young woman was found brutally raped and killed in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province. Two months later, a series of similar rape murders begin to attract public attention, and the whole area is engulfed in the fear of unfamiliar crimes of serial killings.

A special investigation headquarters will be established in the area where the incident occurred, and local detectives Park Doo-man (Song Kang-ho), Cho Yong-gu (Kim Roe-ha), and Seo Tae-yoon (Kim Sang-kyung), who has been supported by the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, will be deployed. Park Doo-man, represented by the sixth sense, forces confessions to the local gangsters, and Seo Tae-yoon carefully reviews the documents and finds clues to the case, but the two with different styles have a tense war of nerves from the beginning. The suspect was arrested and the end of the case was likely to be seen, and the scene became chaotic as the suspect denied the crime during the on-site verification, where the media flocked, and the head Koo was dismissed.

The criminal does not leave any traces of himself to the extent that the investigators are stunned. When killing or binding, all items worn or used by the victim are used. Even in the case of rape and murder, not a single conspiracy of the criminal is found, most likely to fall on the body of the victim. With the appointment of Shin Dong-cheol (Song Jae-ho) as the successor, the investigation begins to pick up steam. Based on the fact that Park Doo-man does not leave any hair on the scene, Seo Tae-yoon, who was searching for a reckless person while searching for nearby temples and baths, reveals that a woman in red is the target of the crime on a rainy day.

On a rainy night, detectives who launched a pre-emptive attack dress a policewoman in red and conduct a trap investigation. But coming back the next morning is another woman's terrible body. The case hides the clue again, and the media, which is seething like a pot, points out the incompetence of front-line detectives, putting detectives more obsessed.

At the time of its release in 2003, "Memories of Murder" attracted 5.23 million viewers in Korea, drawing keen attention to the background with realistic materials, unlike existing commercial trendy films that built a fictional worldview.

The re-release of "Memories of Murder" in the U.S. was promoted as the 2019 film "Parasite" received several awards and received favorable reviews.

Many movie fans in Europe and the United States have become interested in director Bong Joon-ho through this movie, "Memories of Murder," and it is one of the must-see movies for foreigners who like Korean movies.

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