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The Housemaid (1960)

Hanyo (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 3 November 1960 (South Korea)
A composer and his wife are thrown into turmoil when a housemaid becomes more than they bargained for.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jin Kyu Kim ...
Dong-sik Kim
Jeung-nyeo Ju ...
Mrs. Kim
Eun-shim Lee ...
Aeng-ran Eom ...
Kyung-hee Cho
Seon-ae Ko ...
Seon-young Kwak
Sook-Rang Wang
Seok-je Kang
Jeong-ok Na
Chang-soon Kim
Yoo-ri Lee ...
Ae-soon Kim
Jeong-hee Ok
Ok-joo Le
Nam-hyeon Choi
Bang-Choon Nam
Seok-Geun Cho


In the 60s in Korea, the piano teacher Mr. Kim works in a factory giving music classes to the workers. When he receives a love letter from the student Miss Kwak, he delivers the letter to the supervisor and the worker is suspended for three days. Mr. Kim is a family man, married with two children, the girl Ae-Soon and the boy Chang-Soon, and he has just built and moved to a bigger house of his own. His wife Mrs. Kim also works too much at a sewing machine and they need a housemaid to help her in the housework. Mr. Kim asks Kwak's best friend, Miss Kyung Hee Cho, who is his private student of piano, to help him to find a housemaid. Miss Cho invites an unstable and unbalanced young woman to work for Mr. and Mrs. Kim and she introduces the housemaid to the family. Mr. Kim hires the youth and brings her to the household. But soon she behaves in a strange way, snooping Mr. Kim's private classes until the night that she seduces Mr. Kim and they have intercourse. The housemaid gets pregnant ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

3 November 1960 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

The Housemaid  »

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(restored print)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.55 : 1
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »


At c.89 minutes the girl, Ae-Soon, nimbly and athletically gets out of bed surprisingly quickly for a young lass needing crutches. See more »


Referenced in Gilwe-eui younghwa (1995) See more »

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A very shocking movie, considering it was made in Korea in 1960(!)
26 December 2000 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

I bought this film on NTSC-VHS format from an online Korean business called koreapop.com. The copy evidently had been put together from two or three diffrent copies of the film, since some parts of the film looked like they were in better shape than others, and also there were English subtitles in some parts, but not most others. (Note that I bought this film knowing that it would be in Korean, with no subtitles).

This movie features what is probably the first scene in cinematic history where a woman rapes a man- a whole 25 years before Isabella Rosellini raped Kyle McCallahan in "Blue Velvet"! As a Korean movie, it's story challenges traditional Korean propriety. The housemaid character is a castrating hose-beast: Not exactly the kind of Korean woman portrayed in most Korean movies made then or now. Director Kim Kiyoung tends to turn the conventional Korean-movie plotline on its head in this movie, since there is no real "happy-ending", in fact, things just seem to get worse and worse. The only other Korean movie similar to it in this sense, is the recently released "Kilimanjaro" (also an EXCELLENT film). This movie is indeed a Korean-movie classic. It's just too bad that the remaining copies of such classic Korean films are not given the best of care, since many, like this one, are in fairly rough shape. I hope that the Koreans will take more pride in their cinematic history and prepare for better archival storage and restoration of their nation's film legacy.

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