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World Cinema Series: The Housemaid / Hanyo

What Often cited in the list of the top Korean films of all time, The Housemaid by Kim Ki-young is one of the most notorious and influential films from the Golden Age of Korean cinema.
When 9 March 2010 (Tuesday), 7:30 pm
Where National Museum of Singapore, Gallery Theatre
93 Stamford Road Singapore 178897
Admission

Free admission but members only -- flash your membership card to go in. You may bring up to 2 guests if you hold a SFS Reel membership card. Non-members may sign up online or at the door -- we will issue membership on the spot. No tickets will be sold. Free seating.

 

Dir: Kim Ki-young
1960 | South Korea | 111 min | 35mm | Rating to be advised
In Korean with English subtitles

Often cited in the list of the top Korean films of all time, The Housemaid by Kim Ki-young is one of the most notorious and influential films from the Golden Age of Korean cinema.

When Dong-shik, a piano teacher decides to employ a housemaid to look after his two young children and help his overworked wife, the family’s dream of a comfortable middle-class existence disintegrates into a waking nightmare.

Bizarre, totally unpredictable and years ahead of its time, the film has been described a horror film, domestic melodrama and psychological thriller, often in the same breath. But beneath its brilliant genre manipulation lies also a cutting criticism of the encroachment of materialism and Western culture in post-war Korea society that seems more relevant today than ever.

The Housemaid will be presented on a new 35mm print restored by the Korean Film Archive with support from the World Cinema Foundation. Special thanks to Kim Dong-won, Billy Choi, Sowon Choi, Denise Hwang, Korean Film Archive, and Korean Film Council.