Memories of Murder (살인의 추억) is a South Korean drama film. The story is based on the true story of the country’s first known serial killings, which took place between 1986 and 1991 in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province. In October 1986, a young woman is found raped and murdered in a ditch near a field. Soon after, another woman is found raped and murdered in a field. Local detective Park Doo-man, not having dealt with such a serious case before, is overwhelmed; key evidence is improperly collected, their investigative methods are suspect, and their forensic technology seems close to non-existent. Detective Seo Tae-yoon is sent from Seoul to assist them; their methods clash and he is unable to convince them they are dealing with a serial killer until his predictions of another murder come true. He realizes that the killer waits until a rainy night, and only kills women wearing red. A female police officer realizes that a local radio station is always requested to play a particular song during the nights the murders are committed.
Directed by Bong Joon-ho
Produced by Cha Seoung-Jae
Written by Bong Joon-ho, Kim Kwang-rim, Shim Sung-bo
Release date 2003 (South Korea)
Running time 127 min.