11 de mai de 2007

Memories of Murder (2003)

Memories of Murder (Salinui chueok) (DVD/ Thriller/ South Korea, 2003, 145 min.)
Director: Bong Joon-hoScreenwriter: Bong Joon-ho, Kim Kwang-rim, Shim Sung BoActors: Song Kang-ho, Kim Sang-kyung, Kim Roe-ha, Song Jae-ho, Byeon Hie-bong, Ko Seo-hie, Park No-shik, Park Hae-il, Choi Jong-ryol

Based on a real-life story, placed in a Korea shook by social conflicts and military repression, Memories of a Murder is an impressive dramatic thriller. The now worldly acclaimed – by The Host – director/screenwriter Bong Joon-ho exhibit with brilliancy his multiple qualities as an realizatéur.

The story is relatively simple, reminding lots of other films about serial killers already seen. But in this case, what makes this film different of the hollywood clichés is the story´s rhythm and unique development and approach of the characters. And the carefully composition of cenography, the half shady but delicate photography (Kim Hyeong-gyu), as well as the music (from japanese composer Taro Iwashiro) creates the perfect assemble of dramaticity and sensibility. Some less sensible souls may pass through the experience as watching just another good thriller movie picture, but I was personally very well impressed by this film. As a woman, it´s impossible not to be affected with all that the women go through, in this place, in this moment in the film – and that this situation can be transfered to any time and place in the world. At the little town where a troubled police team try to investigate a series of murders, the women don´t suffer only in the hands of a cruel serial killer. They stand police beating at the civil street protests, are despised and abused by husbands, boyfriends, bosses...The girlfriend of Song Kang-ho´s detective is the symbol of everything that a woman represents in this town: she´s dedicated to work, cares about her loved one´s health and carrer, while he gives her less attention that to his work partners; he never looks her in the eyes, even making love. And goes on...The only police woman has her intellectual capacity disdained by the male cops...A victim doesn´t have the courage to denounce her own rape. The women are alone and defenceless, at home, in the middle of a country road, in a rainy night.
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