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The Servant (2010)

Bang-ja jeon (original title)
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A servant falls in love with a girl whom his master also desires. Although the girl loves the servant, she also longs to improve her station in life.


Dae-woo Kim


Dae-woo Kim
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ju-hyuk Kim ... Bang-ja / servant
Seung-bum Ryoo ... Mong-ryong / master
Yeo-jeong Cho ... Choon-hyang / singer (as Yeo-Jeong Jo)
Hyeon-kyeong Ryu Hyeon-kyeong Ryu ... Hyang Dan-i / Choon-hyang's assistant
Dal-su Oh ... Ma / Elder
Sae-byeok Song ... Scholar Byeon
Oh Jeong-Se ... Ho-bang
Hyung-jin Gong Hyung-jin Gong ... Colored Glasses
Sung-ryung Kim ... Wol-mae (as Sung-ryung Kim)
Yang Jung Yang Jung ... Wol-mae's Younger Sister
Moo-Sung Choi Moo-Sung Choi ... Gwang-cheon
Won-ju Moon Won-ju Moon ... Mal-ho (as Won-joo Moon)
Da-hye Jeong Da-hye Jeong ... Potato Maid
Jin-taek Park Jin-taek Park ... Eunuch
Kim Min-kyo ... Eunuch


The handsome servant of a powerful nobleman schemes to win the heart of the geisha they both covet, but soon finds that the object of his affections may have a scheme all her own. Bang-ja works for Mong-lyong, and they both lust after Chun-hyang, who plies her trade at the a geisha house. When Bang-ja learns that his master longs to claim Chung-hyang for himself, he seeks the wisdom of a wise old relationship expert named Ma to learn that secrets of seduction. Later, using a combination of Mencius and Confucian Analects to charm Chun-hyang away from Mong-lyong, Chun-hyang becomes just another step in the cunning beauty's clandestine plan to transcend her current social status. Written by Jason Buchanan

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Spin-off Bang Ja Chronicles (2011) See more »

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Delightful festival of Korean-ness.
9 March 2012 | by DrdownunderMumSee all my reviews

Last year I was incredibly fortunate to see this adorable movie when it premiered at The Korean Film Festival in Auckland. It was showing at The Academy, which is an informal art-house cinema in the basement of The Public Library. I was the only non-Asian person there too. For a "Frock Movie" fan like myself this was the most wonderful experience. The lush locations, hyper-color cinematography, the superb costumes and beautiful set dressing alone, make it a must-see. The surprising thing about the story, is that it is a comedy. I might not have realised this watching it with just English sub titles. The audience at the festival were laughing a lot. It appears it is a spoof of a traditional story which everyone knows. The script is very tongue in cheek and a bit anarchic. Think 'Blackadder" view of historical events as a comparison. I wish this genre of films were more easily viewed. I am back in Cornwall now and there is no way I would have seen it here.

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Release Date:

3 June 2010 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

South Korea


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Barunson E&A, Sio Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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