Film Screening





Memories of Murder


Directed byBong, Joon-ho, 2003
27 February 2009

Memories of Murder is based on the true story of the country's first known serial murders, which took place between 1986 and 1991 in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province.

Between the year 1986 and 1991, a small village in Korea's Gyeonggi Province was witness to the rape and murder of 10 women, all killed in the same groteque and brutal manner. Korea had never before experienced serial murders of this kind, and an intense media frenzy and police investigation followed. As the murders continued to take place over the years, investigators grew more desperate, at one point even consulting a shaman who advised them to move the gate of the police station to a more favourable location! All investigative efforts failed and to this day, nobody knows who the murderer was or whether he is still alive.

In 1996, the poignant memories of this incident were reshaped into a successful stage play directed by Kim Kwang-rim. The dramatic intensity of the story attracted the interest of several filmmakers who wished to make a film of the material, but ultimately it was Bong Joon-ho, the talented director who debuted in 2000 with Barking Dogs Never Bite, who was charged with the task. Bong took the stage play and, consulting historical documents, wrote a screenplay focusing on two of the police investigators. Bong's primary addition to the material was to highlight the era in which the murders took place - a time in which the Korean populace was struggling to shake off its authoritarian past.
   
 
 
 
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