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
This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #690. See more »
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 »
Store your food and your rat poison in separate places
A film easily as shocking and crazy as Psycho coming out in the same year?! Who knew? A small group of South Korean cult cinema fans, apparently. Odd, petite, and minxy Eun-Shim Lee gets hired by a music professor to help his ailing and pregnant wife, and what is otherwise a somber, well-behaved Korean drama gets hijacked and transformed into alarming and horrifying mess! In between numerous cigarette breaks, bad girl Eun-Shim taunts the children, insults the wife, easily kills and displays a large rat, ogles the rat poison bottle, flirts with the professor, threatens a visiting piano student, and locates the kitchen's sharpest knife. And she's just warming up! Has to be seen to be believed.
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