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** In September 2019 however, the identification of the still-unnamed (as of September 19th, 2019) [[https://bnonews.com/index.php/2019/09/serial-killer-who-terrorized-south-korea-identified-after-30-years/ prime suspect]] turns it into a BittersweetEnding.

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** In September 2019 however, the identification of the still-unnamed (as of September 19th, 2019) [[https://bnonews.com/index.php/2019/09/serial-killer-who-terrorized-south-korea-identified-after-30-years/ identification]] of prime suspect]] suspect [[https://twitter.com/sel3nette/status/1174580605033431041 Lee Choon-jae]] turns it into a BittersweetEnding.



* TheUnsolvedMystery: To this day.

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* TheUnsolvedMystery: To this day. Until September 2019.


** In September 2019 however, the identification of the still-unnamed (as of September 19th, 2019) [[https://bnonews.com/index.php/2019/09/serial-killer-who-terrorized-south-korea-identified-after-30-years/ perpetrator]] turns it into a BittersweetEnding.

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** In September 2019 however, the identification of the still-unnamed (as of September 19th, 2019) [[https://bnonews.com/index.php/2019/09/serial-killer-who-terrorized-south-korea-identified-after-30-years/ perpetrator]] prime suspect]] turns it into a BittersweetEnding.

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** In September 2019 however, the identification of the still-unnamed (as of September 19th, 2019) [[https://bnonews.com/index.php/2019/09/serial-killer-who-terrorized-south-korea-identified-after-30-years/ perpetrator]] turns it into a BittersweetEnding.


''Memories of Murder'' is a 2003 [[KoreanMovies South Korean]] drama directed by Bong Joon-ho (''Film/TheHost'', ''Barking Dogs Never Bite'', ''Film/Mother2009'', ''Film/{{Snowpiercer}}'', ''Film/{{Okja}}'') based on the still unsolved [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hwaseong_serial_murders serial murders that took place in Hwaseong]] between 1986 and 1991. The film follows police detectives Park Doo-Man (Kang-Ho Song) and Seo Tae-Yoon (Sang-kyung Kim) in their investigation to track down and apprehend the killer.

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''Memories of Murder'' is a 2003 [[KoreanMovies South Korean]] drama directed by Bong Joon-ho (''Film/TheHost'', ''Barking Dogs Never Bite'', ''Film/Mother2009'', ''Film/{{Snowpiercer}}'', ''Film/{{Okja}}'') based on the still unsolved then-unsolved [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hwaseong_serial_murders serial murders that took place in Hwaseong]] between 1986 and 1991. The film follows police detectives Park Doo-Man (Kang-Ho Song) and Seo Tae-Yoon (Sang-kyung Kim) in their investigation to track down and apprehend the killer.


-->'''Park:''' It needs to be realistic, [[ComicallyMisssingThePoint like in the movies.]]

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-->'''Park:''' It needs to be realistic, [[ComicallyMisssingThePoint [[ComicallyMissingThePoint like in the movies.]]


* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The police harass and brutalize Baek because [[PolitcallyIncorrectHero his handicap]] makes him appear creepy to him. [[spoiler: By the time they realize he's a ''witness'', they've pushed him to the point of stabbing Cho, upon which he gets hit by a car.]]

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The police harass and brutalize Baek because [[PolitcallyIncorrectHero [[PoliticallyIncorrectHero his handicap]] makes him appear creepy to him. [[spoiler: By the time they realize he's a ''witness'', they've pushed him to the point of stabbing Cho, upon which he gets hit by a car.]]


* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The police harass and brutalize Baek because [[PolitcallyIncorrectHero his handicap]] makes him appear creepy to him. [[spoiler: By the time they realize he's a ''witness'', they've pushed him to the point of stabbing Cho, upon which he gets hit by a car.]]



* RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic: Park insists the "confessions" he wrings from suspects need to be dramatic and clear enough to be believable.
-->'''Park:''' It needs to be realistic, [[ComicallyMisssingThePoint like in the movies.]]



* RuleOfThree: There are three main suspects in the film. Kwang-Ho, a mentally challenged boy who could not possibly be the murderer due to his physical deformities and imbalanced mind. Byung-Soon, a pervert who was caught jerking off at a crime scene who is a likely suspect but is cleared after examining a witness statement. And finally Heyon-Gyu who matches the physical description of the killer and only just moved to the area shortly before the killings began, making him very likely the culprit. [[spoiler: Though even he is cleared at the end by a DNA analysis.]]

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* RuleOfThree: There are three main suspects in the film. Kwang-Ho, Kwang-Ho Baek, a mentally challenged boy who could not possibly be the murderer due to his physical deformities and imbalanced mind. Byung-Soon, a pervert who was caught jerking off at a crime scene who is a likely suspect but is cleared after examining a witness statement. And finally Heyon-Gyu who matches the physical description of the killer and only just moved to the area shortly before the killings began, making him very likely the culprit. [[spoiler: Though even he is cleared at the end by a DNA analysis.]]


* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Cho's leg is amputated after a fight. Seo completely loses it after the case wears down on him. Park is shown to be still haunted by the murders years after. The police's reputation with the public is completely destroyed and the culprit is never found.]] Made worse by the fact that it's TruthInTelevision.

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Cho's leg is amputated after a fight. Seo completely loses it after the case wears down on him. Park is shown to be still haunted by the murders even years after.after they happened. The police's reputation with the public is completely destroyed and the culprit is never found.]] Made worse by the fact that it's TruthInTelevision.


* BreakTheHaughty: Detective Park starts off as a pigheaded, arrogant and buffoonish figure. Over the course of the film, the murders and numerous incidents surrounding the investigation take an enormous emotional toll on him, leaving him deeply haunted even a decade later.

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* BreakTheHaughty: Detective Park starts off as a pigheaded, arrogant an arrogant, irreverent and buffoonish figure. Over the course of the film, the murders and numerous incidents surrounding the investigation take an enormous emotional toll on him, leaving him more subdued and deeply haunted even a decade later.

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* BreakTheHaughty: Detective Park starts off as a pigheaded, arrogant and buffoonish figure. Over the course of the film, the murders and numerous incidents surrounding the investigation take an enormous emotional toll on him, leaving him deeply haunted even a decade later.


''Memories of Murder'' is a 2003 [[KoreanMovies South Korean]] drama directed by Byong Joon-ho (''Film/TheHost'', ''Barking Dogs Never Bite'') based on the still unsolved [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hwaseong_serial_murders serial murders that took place in Hwaseong]] between 1986 and 1991. The film follows police detectives Park Doo-Man (Kang-Ho Song) and Seo Tae-Yoon (Sang-kyung Kim) in their investigation to track down and apprehend the killer.

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''Memories of Murder'' is a 2003 [[KoreanMovies South Korean]] drama directed by Byong Bong Joon-ho (''Film/TheHost'', ''Barking Dogs Never Bite'') Bite'', ''Film/Mother2009'', ''Film/{{Snowpiercer}}'', ''Film/{{Okja}}'') based on the still unsolved [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hwaseong_serial_murders serial murders that took place in Hwaseong]] between 1986 and 1991. The film follows police detectives Park Doo-Man (Kang-Ho Song) and Seo Tae-Yoon (Sang-kyung Kim) in their investigation to track down and apprehend the killer.


* BlackComedy

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* BlackComedyBlackComedy: Comes out of the fact that it's about a serial killer who was never found.



* CueTheRain: Justified in universe. The killer strikes when it rains and, so when they figure it out, the rain causes this dramatic reaction in everyone.



* FireForgedFriends: Park and Seo eventually become this, despite being an OddCouple too.



* FromBadToWorse: Begins with a murder, and escalates into a terrifying serial killer case that leaves everyone forever changed.



* GoodCopBadCop: The detectives try this with Kwang-ho, their first suspect. Park is nice and polite while Cho literally kicks Kwang-ho around. This is particularly disturbing as Kwang-ho is mentally retarded.
* GrayRainOfDepression: The rain pours down as they find the last victim, after Seo let a suspect slip surveillance.

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* GoodCopBadCop: The detectives try this with Kwang-ho, their first suspect. Park is nice and polite while Cho literally kicks Kwang-ho around. This is particularly disturbing as Kwang-ho is mentally retarded.
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* GrayRainOfDepression: The rain pours down as they find the last victim, after Seo let a suspect slip surveillance.



* NeverTheObviousSuspect: Discovered by Seo, probably. He and Park pick up various creepy characters, and then he learns that [[spoiler:the killer apparently looked no more sinister than he does]] at the end.



* RiddleForTheAges: Who is the killer?



* SerialKiller

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* SerialKillerSerialKiller: The main plot.

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* CigaretteOfAnxiety: Park's superior lights up after he finds out that the killer is loose and the police don't have enough manpower to stop him, meaning that he will kill again that night.


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* EverybodySmokes: As the main characters are all cops, it should come as no surprise that smoking is frequent throughout the film. At one point while searching for leads, Seo nearly lights up at a middle school but finds his pack to be empty and throws it on the ground, highlighting how stressful the case is getting.


* DownerEnding: Made worse by the fact that it's TruthInTelevision.

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Cho's leg is amputated after a fight. Seo completely loses it after the case wears down on him. Park is shown to be still haunted by the murders years after. The police's reputation with the public is completely destroyed and the culprit is never found.]] Made worse by the fact that it's TruthInTelevision.


* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Detective Seo, who is originally calm and rational and disapproving of the JackBauerInterrogationTechnique employed by Park and Cho, becomes more and more unstrung over the course of the film, as the body count piles up. He snaps when he loses a suspect whom he was keeping under surveillance, and a school girl he had previously spoken with gets killed. He's about to shoot the suspect when Park comes charging up, with the DNA report from America revealing that the suspect's sample doesn't match. Seo refuses to believe it--"this paper lies"--and tries to kill the suspect anyway. Park knocks his arm, saving the suspect's life.

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* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Detective Seo, who is originally calm and rational and disapproving of the JackBauerInterrogationTechnique employed by Park and Cho, becomes more and more unstrung over the course of the film, as the body count piles up. [[spoiler: He snaps when he loses a suspect whom he was keeping under surveillance, and a school girl he had previously spoken with gets killed. He's about to shoot the suspect when Park comes charging up, with the DNA report from America revealing that the suspect's sample doesn't match. Seo refuses to believe it--"this paper lies"--and tries to kill the suspect anyway. Park knocks his arm, saving the suspect's life.]]

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