Memories of Murder (Salinui chueok)
Set against the backdrop of the Chun dictatorship in the 1980s, Memories of Murder is loosely based on South Korea's first serial murder case. Deftly expanding the police procedural genre, Bong gives the film a sociological dimension that reflects on the political and moral apathy engendered by dictatorial rule. A local detective, Park Doo-man, is assigned to lead a special task force investigating the fetishistic murder of a young woman. After inept policework and harsh interrogation techniques destroy the crime scene and leave several witnesses injured, a slick detective from Seoul, Seo, is assigned to lead the team. Yet despite his self-assured air, Seo proves even less capable of handling the uncertainties of the case than his provincial counterpart. (Bong Joon-ho, 2003, 35mm film print, 132 min)
Co-sponsored by Committee on Cinema and Media Studies, the Center for East Asian Studies, the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the Korean Film Council. Coordinated by Hyunhee Park and Namhee Han.