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Madame Freedom (1956)

Jayu buin (original title)



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Credited cast:
Na-yeong Ahn ...
Oh Myeong-ok
Seol-hui Baek ...
Su-man Bang ...
Nam-hyeon Choi ...
Seon-tae Ju ...
Baek Gwang-jin
Dong-won Kim ...
Han Tae-seok
Jeong-rim Kim ...
Oh Sun-yeong
Hyang-mi Ko ...
Lee Ul-san
Sun-ae Koh ...
Myeong-ok's mother
Min Lee ...
Shin Chun-ho
Bok-hui Na ...
Kyeong-hie No ...
Choi Yun-ju
Am Park ...
Jang Tae-yun
Mi-hie Yang ...
Park Eun-mi


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Release Date:

9 June 1956 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

Jiyû fujin  »

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KRW 23,000,000 (estimated)

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Remade as Free Madam (1969) See more »

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Melodrama of lust and love
5 November 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It's all happening here. A bored couple have various extramarital flirtations in a torrid atmosphere of dodgy financial dealings and lust-filled entanglements. Meanwhile the family as a family is rather left to look after itself. The acting, given that it is melodrama, is fairly good and the settings are entirely convincing. You might not like the Korean (or indeed any) version of America in the fifties but it is believable and indeed fascinating. The plot bounces along from one flirtation or crisis to another, while the female characters alternately support each other or eye each other competitively. There are resonances from a culture undergoing change and real issues and dilemmas, like all good melodramas, for the characters. What is the role of women? Is life about appearances or something more? What is the balance between thinking of the future and enjoying yourself while you can? Who is exploiting who in business, employment and relationships? Perhaps we're all using each other?

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