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In his breakthrough second feature, Bong Joon Ho explodes the conventions of the policier with thrillingly subversive, genre-defying results. Based on the true story of a string of serial killings that rocked a rural community in the 1980s, Memories of Murder stars New Korean Cinema icon Song Kang Ho as the local officer who reluctantly joins forces with a seasoned Seoul detective (Kim Sang Kyung) to investigate the crimes—leading each man on a wrenching, yearslong odyssey of failure and frustration that will drive him to the existential edge. Combining a gripping procedural with a vivid social portrait of the everyday absurdity of life under military rule, Bong fashions a haunting journey into ever-deepening darkness that begins as a black-comic satire and ends as a soul-shattering encounter with the abyss.
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Bong Joon Ho
South Korea
2003
131 minutes
Color
1.85:1
Korean
Spine #1073
DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

New 4K digital restoration, supervised by cinematographer Kim Hyung Ku and approved by director Bong Joon Ho, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
Two 2009 commentaries featuring Bong and members of the cast and crew, plus a new commentary featuring critic Tony Rayns
New program featuring filmmaker Guillermo del Toro
New interview with Bong about the real-life serial killer who inspired the film
Documentary from 2004 on the making of the film
Deleted scenes, with optional audio commentary by Bong
New program about the use of sound in Bong’s work, featuring film scholar Jeff Smith
Incoherence, a 1994 student film by Bong, with a new introduction by the director
Teaser, trailer, and TV spot
PLUS: An essay by critic and novelist Ed Park

New cover by Greg Ruth

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This film was discussed in one of the special features on the Criterion Blu-ray of Parasite :cool:.
 

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I loved Parasite, so I'm strongly considering a blind buy on this one. Might wait until a 50% off sale though.
 
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Joon Ho is an amazing filmmaker. I first ran across his work with THE HOST, which, while having occasionally spotty CGI work, was awesome and had a solid eco message and a strong emotional core. SNOWPIERCER is a grand action adventure. PARASITE is about as good as it gets. I have MOTHER on DVD and am a bit more ambivalent about it. Haven't seen BARKING DOGS NEVER BITE or TOKYO, but look forward to them. I own a DVD of MEMORIES OF MURDER and, I can tell you, it's dynamite -- can't wait for the Criterion Blu. Now, if Netflix will get off its proprietary ass and license a few more of their productions to Criterion, perhaps one day we can get OKJA on Blu as well.
 

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Joon Ho is an amazing filmmaker. I first ran across his work with THE HOST, which, while having occasionally spotty CGI work, was awesome and had a solid eco message and a strong emotional core. SNOWPIERCER is a grand action adventure. PARASITE is about as good as it gets. I have MOTHER on DVD and am a bit more ambivalent about it. Haven't seen BARKING DOGS NEVER BITE or TOKYO, but look forward to them. I own a DVD of MEMORIES OF MURDER and, I can tell you, it's dynamite -- can't wait for the Criterion Blu. Now, if Netflix will get off its proprietary ass and license a few more of their productions to Criterion, perhaps one day we can get OKJA on Blu as well.
Barking Dogs Never Bite was available to watch on TubiTV (with commercials every 10 minutes - no edits AFAIK for language or violence)
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I appears to be on Hulu and for purchase on Netflix, Amazon and Vudu.

If you recognize the film as "black comedy", and heed the warning at the beginning of the film "No dogs were harmed in the making of this film" you will probably enjoy the film more and see it's parallels to Parasite are fairly clear.

There are even elements of O.Henry - just sayin.

 

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