Iconic South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-Ho's Memories of Murder portrays policemen in the 1908s who are faced with the mysterious murders of women in Korea's Gyunggi province. As the criminals' ingenuity becomes increasingly clear, the powerless cops succumb to the weight of their doubts, bordering on madness.
An unnervingly dark and humorous crime film inspired by true events, Memories of Murder reenacts Korea's first instance of serial killing while chronicling a country's already existing climate of violence and political corruption. Bold and often sensationalist filmmaking techniques mirror the gravity of these turbulent times yet remain subtle, raising important questions regarding the origins of evil.
A new digital restoration of Memories of Murder screens through August 24th at IFC Center.