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Madame Freedom (1956)

Jayu buin (original title)


Hyeong-mo Han


Bi-seok Jeong (original newspaper serial and novel), Seong-min Kim (adaptation) | 1 more credit »


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Credited cast:
Na-yeong Ahn Na-yeong Ahn ... Oh Myeong-ok
Seol-hui Baek Seol-hui Baek ... Singer
Su-man Bang Su-man Bang ... Gyeong-su
Nam-hyeon Choi Nam-hyeon Choi ... Merchant
Seon-tae Ju Seon-tae Ju ... Baek Gwang-jin
Dong-won Kim Dong-won Kim ... Han Tae-seok
Jeong-rim Kim Jeong-rim Kim ... Oh Sun-yeong
Hyang-mi Ko Hyang-mi Ko ... Lee Ul-san
Sun-ae Koh Sun-ae Koh ... Myeong-ok's mother
Min Lee Min Lee ... Shin Chun-ho
Bok-hui Na Bok-hui Na ... Dancer
Kyeong-hie No Kyeong-hie No ... Choi Yun-ju
Am Park Am Park ... Jang Tae-yun
Mi-hie Yang Mi-hie Yang ... Park Eun-mi


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South Korea


Korean | English

Release Date:

9 June 1956 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Jiyû fujin See more »


Box Office


KRW 23,000,000 (estimated)
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Remade as Dissolute Wife (1981) See more »

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Melodrama of lust and love
5 November 2007 | by simon-1303See all my reviews

It's all happening here. A bored couple have various extramarital flirtations in a torrid atmosphere of dodgy financial dealings and lust-filled entanglements. Meanwhile the family as a family is rather left to look after itself. The acting, given that it is melodrama, is fairly good and the settings are entirely convincing. You might not like the Korean (or indeed any) version of America in the fifties but it is believable and indeed fascinating. The plot bounces along from one flirtation or crisis to another, while the female characters alternately support each other or eye each other competitively. There are resonances from a culture undergoing change and real issues and dilemmas, like all good melodramas, for the characters. What is the role of women? Is life about appearances or something more? What is the balance between thinking of the future and enjoying yourself while you can? Who is exploiting who in business, employment and relationships? Perhaps we're all using each other?

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