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The Housemaid (1960)

Hanyo (original title)
A composer and his wife are thrown into turmoil when a housemaid becomes more than they bargained for.

Director:

Ki-young Kim

Writer:

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

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

3 November 1960 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

The Housemaid See more »

Filming Locations:

Seoul, South Korea

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| (restored print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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 »

Goofs

With the exception of some authentic close-ups, the piano playing, throughout the film, is very poorly mimed; with piano playing and piano teaching such an important part of the plot this seems rather surprising. See more »

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An outrageous and obscure gem
17 October 1999 | by NeelyOSee all my reviews

Suicides, attempted suicides, blackmail, murder, attempted murder, adultery, paranoia -- the goings-on in this bizarre and fascinating melodrama put even MANJI to shame.

No wonder one critic calls director Kim "Douglas Sirk on acid" -- while Western audiences may laugh at some of the overheated melodrama, this potboiler nonetheless is pretty wild for 1960, and manages to be both lurid and unforgettable. (It's also got one of the great death scenes *ever* -- see for yourself!)


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