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Hwanyeo '82 (1982)

This is a remake of the classic "The Housemaid" (aka Hayo). This time it takes place on a chicken farm run by the wife. This gives a new animal horror to add to Kim's trademark rats (see ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Mu-song Jeon Mu-song Jeon
Yeong-hie Na Yeong-hie Na
Ji-mee Kim Ji-mee Kim
Jae-ha Yeo Jae-ha Yeo


This is a remake of the classic "The Housemaid" (aka Hayo). This time it takes place on a chicken farm run by the wife. This gives a new animal horror to add to Kim's trademark rats (see The Insect Woman). Kim also gives the philandering husband a clock fetish. Before he has sex with the maid for the first time, he winds up a wall of clocks. These chime the hour in a cacophonous crescendo that matches the pace of their sexual passion. As in the first movie, most of the characters are murdered or commit suicide, including the children. Written by Nathan Fiedler <nfiedler@earthlink.net>

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Release Date:

26 June 1982 (South Korea) See more »

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The Woman of Fire '82 See more »

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Shin Han Films See more »
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Totally ridiculous and entertaining remake of "The Housemaid" (1960)
29 July 2013 | by ebossertSee all my reviews

Woman of Fire '82 (1982) (Korean Thriller)

This is a variation of the classic "The Housemaid" (1960) (from the same director), but it takes place on a chicken farm. The life of the husband and wife is thrown into turmoil when a young woman comes to work as a maid. If you thought "The Housemaid" was over-the-top, this one will blow your socks off! This film is flat-out ridiculous, but its also oddly riveting and blackly comical. There are some laugh-out-loud moments to be found here, especially near the end. There are also some eye-pleasing sets and more atmospheric architecture, with lots and lots of ticking clocks. The visual style of the film really won me over and made it a very engaging experience.

This is the most entertaining of the "Housemaid" installments and I'd go so far as to say that it's the most entertaining pre-1990 South Korean film I've seen to this point. Definitely worth checking out.

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