Film Night: Memories Of Murder

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On Seat's Edge - The Art of the Thriller

Memories of Murder (2003)

Memories of Murder is the film most often associated with South Korean cinema's mastery of the detective-thriller genre and for good reason. The second feature by Bong Joon-Ho (known to western audiences for Snowpiercer (2013) and The Host (2006)), Murder is based on the real-life attempts to capture Korea's first documented serial-killer who terrorised the town of Hwaseong from 1986 to 1991. The film satirises the ineptitude of the police investigation team, while simultaneously creating an atmosphere of unparalleled tension, as suspicions rise in the once peaceful town. With a blend of terrifying suspense, black humour, incredible cinematography and a constantly twisting narrative Murder is undoubtedly one of the greatest thriller's of the 21st century, proving that the genre can still chill an audience, without resorting to the fetishism and tired cliches which have dominated American attempts in recent years. The terror of small town's much like our own and the ineptitude of those who are supposed to protect us is interrogated in meticulous detail in a film that must not be missed.

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