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LKFF 2018 Teaser Screening #2: Memoir of a Murderer

The second LKFF2018 Teaser screening is Won Shin-yeon’s adaptation of Kim Young-ha’s Memoir of a Murderer:

Memoir of a Murderer (살인자의 기억법)

Dir Won Shin-yeon (2017, 118min)
With Sol Kyung-gu, Kim Nam-gil, Kim Seol-hyun
Monday 21 May 2018, 7pm | Regent Street Cinema | Book tickets

Memoir of a Murderer: Seol Kyung-gu

Serial killers are popular figures in South Korean cinema, and their shocking tales of murder hold a tight grip on the neck of their box-office. In Memoir of a Murderer, one elderly killer’s grasp loosens as his memory begins to fail, but a dangerous new foe is ready to take his place…

In his youth, Byung-su (Sul Kyung-gu, The Merciless) was a ruthless serial killer, but now he’s fallen prey to foes every bit as vicious as his younger self: old age and Alzheimer’s. Having long since given up his hobby of removing from society those he felt unworthy of life, the former murderer has settled into a quiet existence looking after a daughter (Seol-hyun, Gangnam Blues) who has no knowledge of his heinous crimes. While a diary helps Byung-su recall his colourful past, the present is becoming increasingly fractured as his memory fails. When a new murderer appears in town, a chance encounter sees the old killer quickly recognise one of his own kind, but when this new threat makes his daughter the next target, remembering has become a matter of life and death.

Director Won Shin-yun (The Suspect) echoes the mental state of our unreliable guide in the snowy landscapes and dark tunnels that infuse a cold style to his fragmented thriller. Actor Sul Kyung-gu (also featuring in our June Teaser Screening, 1987: When the Day Comes) provides a multi-faceted performance in a film adapted from the novel of celebrated author Kim Young-ha. Memoir of a Murderer debuted in the number one spot at the Korean box-office; its psychological twists and dark thrills promise equal appeal to UK audiences.

(automatically generated) Read LKL’s review of this event here.

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