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True Detective Dream Director: Bong-Joon Ho


This is a long-shot. Probably impossible even, but certainly more possible than Ingmar Bergman. If you don’t recognize Bong-Joon Ho’s name, you are forgiven, but you will probably come to know him sooner rather than later for his fantastic Snowpiercer. Snowpiercer is the director’s first English production — he was also responsible for The Host which made a bit of a splash back in 2006. It’s not necessarily those films that make Bong-Joon so right for True Detective; it’s 2003’s supremely affecting and disturbing Memories of Murder.

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Memories of Murder is based on the true story of one of South Korea’s first serial killers, and it has all the noir, twisted darkness, and emotion that we’ve actually come to associate with True Detective. Bong-Joon is new when it comes to working with English productions, but his unique spark simply cannot be touched. Assuming that season 2 is going to continue down the path set by the first season, Bong-Joon Ho would be a boon. Are you familiar with the director’s work? If not, consider yourself strongly urged to seek out Memories of Murder. It’s in Korean, but don’t let that stop you.

If you are familiar with his work, would you want him in for season 2?