Memories of Murder is Bong Joon-ho’s 2003 retelling of the real-life Hwaseong serial murders which occurred from 1986-91 in the rural city of Hwaseong, in Gyeonggi Province. The case is known as the first instance of serial murders with a clear modus operandi in South Korea, and remains unsolved to this day, often drawing comparisons to the Zodiac Killer. The still-open case has been a common subject for film and television in the last decade, including Signal and Tunnel, but Bong was the first to tackle it in what has become a modern classic. The film begins in 1987, a year after the murders have started, with the city of Hwaseong under a cloud of unease, and the detectives working on the case increasingly frustrated.
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