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Memories of Murder

Memories of Murder
Memories of Murder
Memories of Murder
  • NR
  • 2h 11m
  • 2005
Certified Fresh95%
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Memories of Murder tells the harrowing true story of the hunt for a sadistic serial rapist and murderer terrorizing a small province in 1980s South Korea. Marking the first of many successful collaborations between four-time Oscar® winner Bong Joon Ho and leading man Song Kang Ho, the film follows the paths of three increasingly desperate detectives as they attempt to decipher the violent mind of a killer in an effort to solve the case. Now, seventeen years after its initial release, and a year after the real culprit was identified, this cult classic takes its place as a modern masterpiece.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh95%
Critics Consensus: Memories of Murder blends the familiar crime genre with social satire and comedy, capturing the all-too human desperation of its key characters.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Modern Korean classic has adult themes, sexual violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Memories of Murder is a gripping, but violent Korean crime drama, directed by Bong Joon-ho, with adult themes and images that could potentially upset viewers. There are few positive messages or role models, with even the detectives -- headed up by Detective Park Doo-man (Kang-ho Song) -- who are chasing a violent murderer and rapist, resorting to reprehensible acts. These include forcing statements out of potential suspects with violence and torture, one of whom is disabled. There are a number of upsetting images of female corpses, sometimes covered in blood. Some of the crimes themselves are depicted, including women being gagged and strangled. The nature of the crimes is openly discussed, and a scene in a morgue includes items being recovered from inside the dead victim's body. There is a graphic shot of a man being hit and killed by a train and one man stabs another in the leg during a bar fight. Two characters are seen having sex, but the camera remains behind them and there is no nudity. In another scene, a man is shown masturbating in a public place, over women's underwear. The language is strong, with several uses of "f--k" and explicit threats such as "cut your d--k off." The derogatory term "retarded" is also used. People can be seen smoking and drinking throughout the film, and in one sequence a man is so drunk he seems to pass out before waking up and throwing up.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Thriller
  • Release Date:October 20, 2020
  • Languages:Korean
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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