Name that South Korean Crime Film
May 16, 2016 6:32 PM   Subscribe

I'm trying to identify a South Korean film made around late 90's/early aughts that centered on a police officer in the near future. The beginning of the film sees him arrive at a crime scene and stop to make a phone call. As soon as he activates his phone, an advertisement plays. He complains out loud to another cop about this and the other cop tells him if he's willing to pay for service for the entire police department, they can probably get rid of the ads. Any ideas?
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI to Media & Arts (4 answers total)
 
Maybe Memories of Murder (2003)? I don't remember that particular scene and I haven't seen it in a while.

Another idea: Chaser (2008) - I remember a lot of cell phone use in that.
posted by bluecore at 7:09 PM on May 16, 2016


Memories of Murder was set in 80's Korea.

It started in 1986 but went through 2003 - I thought the mobile phone ad part might be in a scene in 2003 to highlight the time jump.

I guess it's unclear to me what the OP means by "near future" - does that mean a sci-fi movie where the future is slightly different from our own, or was it just a clunky way of saying present day? And was it "near future" from when the movie was made or from where we are now?
posted by bluecore at 4:25 AM on May 17, 2016


I guess it's unclear to me what the OP means by "near future" - does that mean a sci-fi movie where the future is slightly different from our own, or was it just a clunky way of saying present day? And was it "near future" from when the movie was made or from where we are now?

It was a near future from the time the movie was made. And as much as I remember, the phone gag was indeed the movies way of indicating to the audience that this was the near future (I think the phone was a flip phone and it played a video advertisement, which was definitely futuristic for that time period).
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 4:46 AM on May 17, 2016


Looks like qcubed got it!

"Yesterday doesn't go for the flying cars or robots, just a few more skyscrapers in a world where advertising has taken over everything, even right down to paying for the Police force's phone bill as we see in one scene where Suk gets a message on his communicator from his boss, accompanied by a short advert."

Thank you! :)
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 4:55 AM on May 17, 2016


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