7.0/10
243
1 user 1 critic

The Surrogate Woman (1987)

Sibaji (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 21 March 1987 (South Korea)
BEST ACTRESS WINNER AT VENICE FILM FESTIVAL !! Shin, a nobleman, had been trying to conceive a male heir to pass his family name. Unable to provide a male heir, Shin's wife gives her ... See full summary »

Director:

Kwon-taek Im

Writer:

Kil-han Song
Reviews
8 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Chunhyangdyun (2000)
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Mongryong marries the beautiful Chunhyang without telling his father, the Governor of Namwon. When his father is transferred to Seoul, Mongryong has to leave Chunhyang and finish his exams.... See full summary »

Director: Kwon-taek Im
Stars: Hyo-jeong Lee, Seung-woo Cho, Sung-nyu Kim
Painted Fire (2002)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In a time of political and social unrest in nineteenth-century Korea, an uncouth, self-taught painter explores his natural talent amidst the repressive world around him.

Director: Kwon-taek Im
Stars: Min-sik Choi, Sung-Ki Ahn, Ho-jeong Yu
Sopyonje (1993)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Despite its falling popularity, a father teaches his two children the Korean musical tradition of Pansori (one singer accompanied by one drummer).

Director: Kwon-taek Im
Stars: Myung-gon Kim, Jung-hae Oh, Kyu-chul Kim
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Two-hundred million yen is up for grabs in a dying businessman's will. The businessman intends to will it to his 3 illegitimate children, but his associates scheme to take advantage of the situation.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi
Stars: Keiko Kishi, Tatsuya Nakadai, Sô Yamamura
Hwajang (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A middle-aged man who has recently lost his wife to cancer indulges in fantasies about a young woman at his work.

Director: Kwon-taek Im
Stars: Sung-Ki Ahn, Gyu-ri Kim, Ho-jung Kim
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

1984. In the sultry, still sunny September of that Emilian rural district most soaked with catholicism and home-grown socialism, Elia, a teenager grown out of these horizons, lives with his... See full synopsis »

Director: Marco Righi
Stars: Lavinia Longhi, Marco D'Agostin, Gian Marco Tavani
Harakiri (1962)
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

An elder ronin samurai arrives at a feudal lord's home and requests an honorable place to commit suicide. But when the ronin inquires about a younger samurai who arrived before him things take an unexpected turn.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi
Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Ishihama, Shima Iwashita
Prins (2015)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A troubled teenager attempts to conquer the love of his life by becoming the baddest boy on the block.

Director: Sam de Jong
Stars: Ayoub Elasri, Jorik Scholten, Achraf Meziani
Chang (1997)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A young woman is tricked into prostitution, thinking she's going to sell beverages at a village store. She soon learns about the dark world of Korea's red-light districts, where a ... See full summary »

Director: Kwon-taek Im
Stars: Eun-Kyung Shin, Jeong-hyeon Han, Dong-joon Choi
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A private detective is hired to find a missing man by his wife. Contradictory evidence and the lack of clues soon render the case as virtually unsolvable, as the detective grows more and more frustrated.

Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara
Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Etsuko Ichihara, Osamu Ôkawa
Gölgesizler (2009)
Drama | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A barber working in Istanbul longs to be 'both here and far, far away'. And one day, without warning, he takes himself off and disappears abruptly into the great far away. The barber ... See full summary »

Director: Ümit Ünal
Stars: Selçuk Yöntem, Hakan Karahan, Taner Birsel
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Although labor activities could be very dangerous in China, some local consulting groups in the big city of Guangzhou continue to help migrant workers get their rights of work.

Director: Wenhai Huang
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Soo-youn Kang ... (as Soo-yeon Kang)
Gu-sun Lee Gu-sun Lee
Yang-ha Yun Yang-ha Yun
Eun-jin Han Eun-jin Han
Hie Bang Hie Bang
Edit

Storyline

BEST ACTRESS WINNER AT VENICE FILM FESTIVAL !! Shin, a nobleman, had been trying to conceive a male heir to pass his family name. Unable to provide a male heir, Shin's wife gives her husband permission to search for a surrogate wife to bear a male heir. On the way to finding a surrogate wife, Shin runs into a 17 year old girl, Ok-nyo (Kang Soo-yeon). She was a poor feisty girl who stated she would do anything for money.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

surrogate mother | See All (1) »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

21 March 1987 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

The Surrogate Mother See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shin Han Films See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

An emotionally involving tragedy
27 November 2001 | by poikkeusSee all my reviews

Surrogate Woman is South Korean master Im Kwon-Taek's breakout international success, a film that would in many ways presage his critically acclaimed Chunhyang. The period drama occurs in the Yi dynasty, and covers the progress of a love affair gone terribly awry. Shin, a young heir, is given a surrogate wife to bear his child. However, Ok-nyo becomes more than this for him, and the couple soon become passionate lovers. The woman may have the social status of a servant, but the relationship changes both of them -- at least for a time. Lead actress Kang Soo-Yeon has been widely acclaimed in her role as the surrogate mother. Unfortunately, the film frequently wears its heart on its sleeve, almost forcing its emotionalism on you in the process. The events are traumatic, to be sure, and one is set to wonder about the plight of so many women even less fortunate than Ok-nyo. The overwhelming feeling is that a woman's emotional core has been gutted and spread out for all to see; it's more wrenching than many a blood and guts actioner. It lacks the distance of his later masterpieces like Sopyonje and Festival -- both equally tragic.


6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed