2018 Film Challenge: 10. Memories of Murder

This was another film recommended to me by my office-mate (the previous one of which was The Handmaiden, which I loved, so I had quite high expectations for it). I watched it last night and I really don’t know what I thought of it or whether I enjoyed it or not. I was expecting it to be a dramatic murder mystery, as it’s based on some real-life murders, but it has an odd comedy element that threw me. I spent a lot of the first hour being completely baffled by the tone of it – it’s quite possible there’s some degree of culture clash / lost in translation type element at play there. The last 45 minutes or so was definitely the most enjoyable part of the film for me – it had less of the comedy and became more focused on the actual murder mystery. I’ve found myself thinking about it today, which is generally a good sign – it definitely had some qualities to recommend it, but I wouldn’t say you should rush out and watch it.

Unsurprisingly, due to my general bafflement throughout a lot of the film, I made quite a few notes (which it’s quite difficult to do whilst also reading subtitles!):

  • OK, that’s enough bugs already
  • I’m not feeling entirely confident in this police department’s abilities
  • Is she cleaning his ears out?
  • What was that thigh twanging?
  • This film’s a lot weirder than I’d expected
  • Woah, those beaded car seat things! Flashbacks to my hair always getting stuck in the ones my Step-Dad had.
  • Dude, I’d head back to Seoul and away from this mad place
  • What the hell?!
  • I’m pleased one guy’s the voice of reason
  • We beat you up but here are some knock-off trainers
  • They actually have standard procedures?
  • WTF?
  • I so don’t know what to make of this film
  • How did it just manage to get weirder?
  • That guy loves his flying kick
  • Is he the killer? He definitely has some issues.
  • Uh oh, this looks ominous.
  • Documents don’t lie!
  • Are they actually going to find the killer?
  • Why’s he walking into a train tunnel?
  • Where’s this going?
  • I don’t really know what I thought of all that
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3 Responses to 2018 Film Challenge: 10. Memories of Murder

  1. Crashing Elliptical says:

    This was another one I hadn’t heard of until I saw it on your list. It doesn’t appear to be on any of the streaming sites, so I bought it on DVD from eBay especially to watch along with you.

    What an odd film. I liked it, I think. You’re right about the tonal switches, definitely jarring in places. There was much more comedy than I was expecting, but interspersed with some really quite violent moments. I was a bit frustrated they didn’t find the killer, but I guess if it is based on a true story, then that’s how it had to play out.

    A curious one, but I’m glad I watched it.

    • Chantal Chantal says:

      I’m really enjoying your watching along, though am also aware there are some quite random inclusions on this list, so apologise in advance if you end up paying for anything that’s really awful!! I’m expecting 9 Songs to be pretty bad, though I’d imagine you can also get it pretty cheap at least… Hopefully most of the films will at least have something to recommend them… Fingers crossed!

      • Crashing Elliptical says:

        Haha, I’m enjoying watching along too, so am prepared to pay for the odd stinker if one crops up! I’m actually quite intrigued by 9 Songs, as it has this dodgy reputation, but it’s directed by Michael Winterbottom and I’ve enjoyed the other films of his I’ve seen, so we’ll see in a few weeks I guess!

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