• South Korea
  • 1960
  • 108 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.60:1
  • Korean
  •  
  • Spine #690

A torrent of sexual obsession, revenge, and betrayal is unleashed under one roof in this venomous melodrama from South Korean master Kim Ki-young. Immensely popular in its home country when it was released, The Housemaid is the thrilling, at times jaw-dropping story of the devastating effect an unstable housemaid has on the domestic cocoon of a bourgeois, morally dubious music teacher, his devoted wife, and their precocious young children. Grim and taut yet perched on the border of the absurd, Kim’s film is an engrossing tale of class warfare and familial disintegration that has been hugely influential on the new generation of South Korean filmmakers.

Cast

Piano teacherKim Jin-kyu
His wifeJu Jeung-nyeo
HousemaidLee Eun-shim
Miss ChoUm Aeng-ran
Miss KwakOk Gyeon-hee
Factory workerLah Ok-ju
Dormitory deanGo Seon-ae
Chang-soon, the sonAhn Seong-gi
Ae-soon, the daughterLee Yu-ri
DriverCho Seok-geun
TV technicianNam Bang-choon

Credits

DirectorKim Ki-young
Produced byKim Ki-young
Written byKim Ki-young
ScreenplayKim Jeong-sook
Executive producerAhn Hwayoung
CinematographyKim Deok-jin
LightingKo Hae-jin
EditorOh Young-geun
Art directorPark Seok-in
MusicHan Sang-gi
Assistant directorsJeon Eung-joo and Kim Dae-hee
EffectsLee Sang-man

Film Essays

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The Housemaid: Crossing Borders

By Kyung Hyun Kim December 17, 2013

A melodramatic investigation of family and class, Kim Ki-young’s film exorcises some demons of 1960s South Korean society. Read more »


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By Kent Jones December 09, 2013

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The Housemaid: Crossing Borders

By Kyung Hyun Kim December 17, 2013

A melodramatic investigation of family and class, Kim Ki-young’s film exorcises some demons of 1960s South Korean society. Read more »


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World Cinema Project: Recalled to Life

By Kent Jones December 09, 2013

The critic and WCP executive director offers a personal take on art cinema and a primer on the project’s scope and mission. Read more »

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