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Dark Side of Modernization: Bong Jun Ho's Memories of Murder (2003)

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In this paper, it will be examined how Bong Jun Ho's Memories of Murder (2003, 2005 U.S. release) deals with the collective memory of modernization in Korea. Being the second top at the box office in 2003 in Korea, the movie is a crime film/detective story based on a true story. It is helpful to understand the historical background of modern Korea and its recent political and social conjuncture to understand the way Memories of Murder deals with the Korean past.
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Keywords: Bong Jun Ho; Korean nation cinema; Memories of murder; modernization in Korea

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2008

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  • Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.
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