The Housemaid (2010-South Korea)

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  • Movie: The Housemaid
  • Revised romanization: Hanyeo
  • Hangul: 하녀
  • Director: Im Sang-Soo
  • Writer: Im Sang-Soo, Kim Ki-Young
  • Producer: Chae Hee-Seung, Kim Jin-Seob
  • Cinematographer: Lee Hyeong-Deok
  • Release Date: May 13, 2010
  • Runtime: 106 in.
  • Distributor: Sidus Pictures
  • Language: Korean
  • Country: South Korea

Plot

A wealthy husband has an affair with his housemaid (Jeon Do-Yeon). Because of this, everyone in the family will suffer ....

Notes

  1. Remake of the 1960 film "The Housemaid".
  2. Im Sang-Soo started preparation for "The Housemaid" since early 2009.
  3. Scenario has been completed as of October 19th, 2009.
  4. Filming will begin in December 2009, once casting has finished.
  5. In a reversal of the original film, 37 year old actress Jeon Do-Youn will play the nanny (equivalent to the original film's housemaid) and 22 year old actress Seo Woo will perform as the wife.
  6. Filming will begin in January and finish sometime in March. Production company then hopes to submit the film to various international film festivals.
  7. During the Cannes Film Festival, movie distributor Mirovision sold "The Housemaid" to Greece (AMA Film), Hong Kong (Edko Films), Singapore (Festive Films) and Thailand (M Pictures). The film was also presold to Pretty Pictures for France prior to the Cannes Film Market.[1]
  8. Related titles:
    1. The Housemaid | Hanyeo (1960)

Cast

The Housemaid-Jeon Do-Yeon.jpg The Housemaid-Lee Jung-Jae.jpg The Housemaid-Seo Woo.jpg The Housemaid-Park Ji-Young.jpg The Housemaid-Yun Yeo-Jong.jpg
Jeon Do-Yeon Lee Jung-Jae Seo Woo Park Ji-Young Youn Yuh-Jung
Eun-Yi Hoon Hae-Ra Hae-Ra's mother Byeong-Sik

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tom4395 I liked all the actresses and the actor. The film had it's moments. The ending in the house was a bit disappointing. The final ending was too contrived. But I did enjoy the film overall and as I said mostly for the acting.

Belle Love this movie!! Does anyone know where I can get the soundtrack??:)

Gasenadi Streamed this movie on Netflix. Actually, the ending was foreshadowed in the opening scenes. It was unexpected at first, but when recalling the beginning of the movie, it "made sense".

robert schwartz You don't state where this movie is (or will be) playing. The result: a useless review.

Ki Got a chance to catch this at a cinema in Seoul with English subtitles. The remake of "The Housemaid" differs significantly from the original - which isn't necessarily a bad thing for a remake. With that said Im Sang-Soo's "The Housemaid" is a pretty slick thriller, don't expect high art or anything. Acting all around is top-notch. Jeon Do-Yeon plays the main character of "the housemaid" in a mostly low key naive character very well - personally didn't watch something like "Secret Sunshine" again. The rest were all solid with veteran actress Yun Yeo-Jong's head housemaid role being the most dynamic and consequently interesting. Outside of a seriously bizarre finale the movie kept me chomping on my fingernails throughout the movie. The movie also looks great in a polished modern way - no bourgeoisie setting like the original, the family in this one is loaded.

Some interesting things I noted ...

1.) The handful of sex scenes in the Housemaid remake is surprisingly graphic. I read in a few Korean mags that main actor Lee Jung-Jae was reluctant with some of his lines due to the graphical nature. This may or may not be pertinent to the movie but the two scenes with Lee Jung-Jae in sexual (receiving fellatio) positions surely recalled Leonardo Da Vinci's "Vitruvian Man" positition - symbolic of a type of renaissance man?

2.) Lots of symbolic / foreshadowing thrown around like Jeon Do-Yeon changing into black uniform when shit was going to hit the roof or the ominous fire burning in the furnace in the background.

Mr. N I can't wait to go see this movie.

Netsuke Link to the French press Kit (Cannes 2010)

http://www.festival-cannes.com/assets/Image/Direct/033779.pdf

aparna The Housemaid (1963) aslo starting Ah Sung-ki as young son

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