Movie: 'Memories of Murder' at Oppa Oakland Style

  • March 11, 2013 · 6:45 PM
  • This location is shown only to members

Note: Showtime is 7:15 p.m. Running time is 131 minutes. Tickets are $6, available at Brown Paper Tickets.  We'll meet in the lobby beforehand, and anyone who has trouble finding the venue or the group can call Alby at[masked]-5971.

Oppa Oakland Style, a new monthly Korean film series at Oakland's New Parkway Theater curated by Terry Park, presents Bong Joon-ho's "Memories of Murder," a gritty police procedural based on the true story of South Korea's first serial murders.

"Memories," the second feature by Bong (who'd go on to direct "The Host" and "Mother"), was the nation's top-grossing film of 2003 and won awards at festivals around the world. Song Kang-ho ("Thirst") and Kim Sang-kyung ("Hahaha") star.

Synopsis: Two detectives attempting to solve a string of rape-and-murder cases in mid-1980s South Korea run headlong into departmental incompetence and political corruption.

Trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLEFn55bpR0

Official selection of the Cannes, Festival du Film Policier de Cognac, Hawaii, London, San Sebastian, Torino International Festival of Young Cinema and Tokyo film festivals

Winner:

  • Best Film, Best Actor (Song) and Best Director, 2003 Grand Bell Awards
  • Best Asian Film, 2003 Tokyo International Film Festival
  • Best Cinematography (Kim Hyung-ku), 2003 Blue Dragon Film Awards
  • Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay (Bong), Best Actor (Song), Best Cinematography (Kim) and Best Editing, 2003 Korean Film Awards
  • Best Director and Best Screenplay (Bong), 2003 Pusan Film Critics Awards
  • Audience Award, Grand Prix, Prix Mediatheques and Special Prize of the Police, 2004 Festival du Film Policier de Cognac
  • FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) Prize, Silver Shell for Best Director and Best New Director, 2003 San Sebastian International Film Festival
  • Audience Award (international feature films), Best Script (Bong) and 2nd place for Best International Feature Film, 2003 Torino International Festival of Young Cinema

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  • Jina S.

    i vote for The Good, the bad and the weird... (since i already watched 200 lb beauty :))

    March 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      what did you think of 200 lb beauty? worth it to see on the big screen, even for folks who've already seen it via dvd/streaming/etc?

      March 12, 2013

    • Jina S.

      It was good. I think it's worth it.

      March 13, 2013

  • Morgan

    It would be nice to see a film with major female roles.

    March 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Morgan! Yes, as Morgan mentioned, I'm open to suggestions for future films. Next month is up in the air, so let me know what you'd like to see. I'm thinking maybe one of the following three films:

    The Good, the Bad, and the Weird (exciting, fun, spaghetti western set in prewar Manchuria)

    200 Pounds Beauty (comedy about an overweight girl who undergoes extreme plastic surgeries to become a pop sensation)

    Il Mare (Morgan suggested this: it's a love story that was re-made in the US as "The Lake House" starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock).

    Are there others you'd like to see for next month, or in the future? For April, I'd like to show something funny and/or romantic.

    Thanks, and hope to see you all next month at The New Parkway!

    Terry

    March 12, 2013

  • Morgan

    Memories of Murder was a fascinating window on rural Korea of the 80s, and the New Parkway is a cool and worthy successor to the original Parkway. The seating was the most comfortable I've ever experienced in a theater. The decor was tastefully techno-artsy, the bathrooms large and clean, and the soundproofing was so good the live music in the lobby was completely inaudible. The owners obviously put a lot of work into creating a high quality venue, and they are showing an impressively diverse and politically informed range of films 7 days a week. I enjoyed our Korean meal at a nearby restaurant afterwards, and look forward to sampling other Korean restaurants in the area on future visits. There was a good turnout, but room for more. I'd love to see a large and enthusiastic crowd at the April Oppa Oakland, so we can continue to see Korean films in the East Bay. Organizer Terry Park is open to suggestions for future films, so if there is something you want to see, let him know.

    March 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone, hope you can make it! And yes, like Morgan said, we need a good crowd to keep the series going, so please get your friends and family to come! Korean movies, couches, beer, $6, what's not to like?

    March 1, 2013

    • Morgan

      Hi Terry - hope to see the Korean films listed on the New Parkway website soon. Is it cash only at the door, or does the theater accept credit cards?

      March 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think either, but not sure.

      March 10, 2013

  • Eric M.

    Do you pay the admission $6 at the theater on that day?

    February 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes, apparently.

      February 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Or, to make sure you get a seat, I recommend buying an advance ticket on brown paper tickets.com, the link is above :)

      March 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've posted ticket purchase information.

    March 1, 2013

  • Morgan

    Wow, didn't even know this theater existed. Great East Bay location. Let's give them a good crowd so they continue the series.

    1 · February 26, 2013

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