Jak-Luke Sharp’s review published on Letterboxd:
Sidus Pictures. DVD
“I only beat you up because I care about you”
I’m a huge fan of Bong Joon-ho’s filmography. He’s a master of his craft with three masterpieces, being Okja, Snowpiercer and Gwoemul (The Host). Salinui chueok (Memories of Murder) has always been the film that has escaped me, and is unfortunately unavailable in my country. A factor that genuinely depresses me. My good friend @NicolòGrasso recently did a fantastic write up about ho’s film, convincing me to finally seek it out. Salinui chueok is a masterpiece. It’s a masterpiece with its stunning conviction of morally debatable tone. It’s creation and unpredictability of flawed character - three human beings who live, breathe and collapse with the weight of the world, gripped ever so tightly around their throats. Joon-ho’s film is a playground of dramatic animosity and tension. He toys and toys with his audience, regarding both the complexities of his antagonists and the ambiguity within the context of the plot. Even until the final frame, where ho’s dragged you through claustrophobic intensity of mud, sweat and glass. He leaves you one last kicker. It shoots down your spine like a lighting bolt of rage and pain.
55/69: Keeping Up with the Boxes: January/February 2018 - boxd.it/1porA