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Hanyo (1960)

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 ... Myung-sook
Aeng-ran Eom ... Kyung-hee Cho
Seon-ae Ko ... Seon-young Kwak
Sook-Rang Wang
Seok-je Kang
Jeong-ok Na
... Chang-soon Kim (as Sung-kee Ahn)
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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3 November 1960 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

The Housemaid  »

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Did You Know?


Hanyo was the first and the last film Eun-shim Lee, who plays Myung-sook in this film, starred in. The public hated immoral Myung-sook so much that no director hired her after this film. 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 »


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Director Kim Ki Young's 'Hanyo' is as popular in current times as it was in the past.
14 August 2015 | by See all my reviews

South Korean director Kim Ki Young's film 'Hanyo'/ The Housemaid is a serious family film which needs to be watched by all members of any family. As this film is absolutely pertinent due to its brutal yet frank treatment of what makes or breaks a family, it is expected that both husbands and wives would make efforts to watch it. Director Kim's film impressed viewers to such an extent that even assistance came in the form of American director Martin Scorcese's World Cinema Foundation. As a film which chose to describe marital relations and their consequences on a married couple, Hanyo is a bold film of its times. One must bear in mind that it was made at a time when revolutionary ideas were in the air. The emotions found in contemporary South Korean films are all reflections of a nation's psyche. From that point of view, it can be said that Hanyo is no exception to the rule. It has its own fair share of controversial elements including neurotic persons. All characters have mean qualities including the couple's two children who are constantly bullying each other. Lastly, no particular group or person is favored as director Kim Ki Young depicted how everybody has reasons to do anything for safeguarding the family's interests.

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