Memories of Murder at HOME

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor
Memories of a Murder
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Memories of Murder at HOME Manchester, Manchester, 25 September–4 October 2020, from £5.5 - Book now

Fans of Bong Joon-ho’s Oscar-winning Parasite can catch an earlier masterpiece from the director at HOME this September. For our money the director’s best film, 2003’s Memories of Murder is a brutal police procedural based upon an unsolved string of real life rapes and murders of women in the rural Gyeonggi province of South Korea between 1986 and 1991.

A film of grim mysteries, Bong leans into the depths of despair as he tracks three police detectives — two locals with blunt techniques and a modern minded technician imported from Seoul — as they interrogate suspects, butt heads and track down leads without luck.

The wider context is South Korea’s repressive government and the societal paranoia of the period. In its politically-anchored depiction of fruitless obsession, David Fincher’s Zodiac is the obvious reference point — but this is very much a Bong Joon-ho film. The director’s signature combination of deadpan black humour, moral perception and dark violence never hit so hard as it does here.

Memories of Murder at HOME Manchester, Manchester

25 September–4 October 2020
From £5.5