2017   South Korea Memoir of a Murderer
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Director:Shin-yeon Won
Studio:Green Fish Pictures
Writer:Jo-yun Hwang, Young-ha Kim
IMDb Rating:6.5 (93 votes)
Genre:Action, Drama, Thriller
Duration:118 min
Shin-yeon Won  ...  (Director)
Jo-yun Hwang, Young-ha Kim  ...  (Writer)
Kyoung-gu Sul  ...  Byung-su (as Kyung-gu Sol)
Nam-gil Kim  ...  Tae-ju
Seol-Hyun Kim  ...  Eun-hee
Comments: Kyoung-gu Sul is a kick ass actor. Nam-gil Kim is an over-moisterized non-entity. I didn't believe him as a cop or a serial killer. He wrecked the movie for me. I thought the K-pop girl was fine and I quite liked the father-daughter relationship.

Koreans love to make these "tricky" movies where things aren't what you think they are ... but

I'm not sure Alzheimers involves hallucinations. I thought it was about mis-memory, forgetfulness and such. But it's a fine line. For example: when Kyoung-gu Sul thinks he's putting his daughter in the cab with his sister. He could have forgotten who the serial killer was and mistaken him for a cab driver BUT why would he hallucinate his sister in the passenger seat? Later on he may remember it incorrectly, but WHEN HE DID IT, it had nothing to do with forgetfulness. The director used this tenuous device too many times, trying to be tricky, to the point it became cheap. "Haha, Fooled you!".

The premise of the film is a great idea. Kind of: reformed serial killer gets Alzheimers and a new serial killer tries to make it like the first serial killer just forgot he started killing again. But Nam-gil Kim and the unfair 'trickiness' kept pushing me away.

I thought it was nice, and I think it's a Korean thing, to change the real nature of the "father/daughter" so she could live a life free of the association. Lots of good to this film but a couple big boogers forced my final thumb down.

I'm just mad at Korean cinema these days for three things: over-moisterized non-actors; overly tricky plots; and its depiction of unnecessary violence. This film hit all three of those things. I almost punted the film when dad took son into the room to beat him. If they would have showed it on camera I would have definitely punted. Koreans seem obsessed with the notion that it's entertaining to just beat the shit out of someone. I mean, I get that fisticuffs is kind of an inherent, cathartic (or something) entertainment. I just watched Charlize Theron beat the crap out of a few dozen guys and enjoyed it. (The gun fights were stupid because gun fights on film are always stupid-and it was kind of an overly tricky, unfolding plot). There's just something about the way Koreans are doing it these days that leaves me flat and feeling like they've sold their souls to the devil. I started watching that flick A Special Lady recently because if I'm going to dig on some ass-kicking I'll probably enjoy it more if it's a lady doing the ass-kicking. As I reported here, the film took less than two minutes before it shows some guy kicking a naked woman (because that's what rich and powerful men get to do. There was no reason for it, and it wasn't a fight). That's sick. Fuck you South Korea.

Summary: A former serial killer Byung-su gets diagnosed with Alzheimer's. The doctor tells him that it's due to the aftereffects from the traffic accident 17 years ago; the same accident that stopped him from his killings and allowed him to live a normal life with his dear daughter. So when a series of murders occur near his town, Byung-su gets worried whether the killings are his doings during his memory lapses. But then, he comes across Tae-ju and instinctively realizes that he's the serial killer. He reports this to the police, only to learn that Tae-ju is one. Byung-su tries to find firm evidence that Tae-ju is a psychopath, only to raise Tae-ju's interest on him and his daughter. And now with his memory slipping, Byung-su must find a way to protect his daughter from Tae-ju.

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