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How did you buy your ticket? View All Photos Movie Info. Piano composer Dong-sik Kim Jin-kyu and his pregnant wife Jeung-nyeo Ju need extra help around the house, so they hire a housemaid Eun-shim Lee , whose precociousness soon gives way to troubling behavior. Tensions between her and Dong-sik lead to an affair, and while the pregnancy ends in a miscarriage, it also results in the maid becoming obsessed with killing the entire family, starting with their older son.
Soon their comfortable home becomes a physical and psychological battleground. Kim Ki-young. Jun 7, Eun-shim Lee. Kim Jin-kyu. Jeung-nyeo Ju. Jin Kyu Kim. Ahn Sung-ki. Eom Aeng-ran. Seok-je Kang. Seon-ae Ko. Na Jeong-ok. Kim Ki-young Director. Kim Ki-young Writer. Sang-gi Han Original Music. Deok-jin Kim Cinematographer. Young-Keun Oh Film Editor. Seok-in Park Art Director. All Critics 5 Fresh 5. View All Critic Reviews 5. See Movies in Theaters. The film ends with the composer reading the story from a newspaper with his wife, returning to the very beginning of the film.
The narrative of the film has apparently been told by the composer, who then smiles and warns the film audience that this is just the sort of thing that could happen to anyone. He called The Housemaid "shocking", noting that "the shocking nature of the film is both disturbing and pleasurable". Frodon pointed out that The Housemaid was only one early major film in the director's career, and that Kim Ki-young would continue "running wild through obsessions and rebellion" with his films for decades to come.
Bong Joon-ho has said The Housemaid was an inspiration for his film Parasite. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Release date. November 3, Running time. In Steven Jay Schneider ed. New York: Barron's Educational Series. ISBN Korean Film Council. Retrieved Films directed by Kim Ki-young. Authority control. WorldCat via Library of Congress.
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Generally favorable reviews based on 22 Ratings. Play Sound. Please enter your birth date to watch this video:. January February March April May June July August September October November December 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Enter. The Housemaid. Summary: Eun-yi is hired as a nanny in an lavish mansion by businessman Hoon and his very pregnant wife, Hae-ra.
When Eun-yi is seduced by the father of the house, she becomes the unwitting victim in a series of traps laid by the women of the house—Hae-ra, her villainous mother, and their seemingly loyal but increasingly bitter housekeeper. Eun-yi is hired as a nanny in an lavish mansion by businessman Hoon and his very pregnant wife, Hae-ra. IFC Films … Expand. Director: Sang-soo Im. Genre s : Thriller. Rating: Unrated. Runtime: min. See All Details and Credits.
Watch Now. Buy on. Stream On. Critic Reviews. Peter Rainer Jan 29, It's a deliciously perverse melodrama. Read full review. Joe Williams Mar 4, Im Sang-soo has crafted an erotic thriller whose cool beauty speaks for itself. Lisa Schwarzbaum Jan 20, The class warfare in The Housemade feels dated, but there's something nicely kinky in this lusciously photographed erotic Korean thriller by Im Sang-soo. Rene Rodriguez Mar 17, The graphic sex scenes radiate an uncommon heat, and Im can pull off a hugely effective shock when he wants to.
Scott Jan 20, An admiring, clever remake of Kim Ki-young's legendary film of the same title from , this version, directed by Im Sang-soo, is at once more explicit than the original and less kinky. Scott Tobias Jan 20, Though impeccably photographed and acted, The Housemaid begins to feel stifling and airless once Im's thesis about the abuses of the powerful starts to drive the film to a foregone conclusion.
Boxoffice Magazine Vadim Rizov Jan 17, With high production values and a glossily enjoyable mise-en-scene, the film is watchable. User Score. Write a Review. User Reviews. RobinsNest Feb 17, This review contains spoilers , click expand to view. The Housemaid is a sexy, gripping, can't wait to see what happens film. No gratuitous sex or nudity just a story that may seem common but with a shocking ending and a quirky lead character.
As usual with foreign films my not knowing the culture precludes me understanding the sense of how the action and relationships make the characters do or not do something. When they speak, at times there is no translation. Am I missing some banter?
Perhaps it is part of a previous or upcoming translation, yet somehow I feel I am missing the nuance. If not for this flaw, I would rate this film a straight A instead of an A-. Excellent acting, perfectly staged and shot. A minor issue is the relationship of the lead and friend? A metaphor on the opening suicide?
Dangling from a chandelier, Eun-yi begs Mi-hee to pull her over the railing. She does not oblige, and Eun-yi falls. Suffering only a concussion , Eun-yi spends the night in the hospital. During her stay, she learns that she is pregnant and contemplates abortion. Meanwhile, the affair is revealed to Hae-ra. Mi-hee instructs Hae-ra to ignore the affair; she insists that all wealthy husbands will eventually cheat and that if Hae-ra ignores it she can "live like a queen. Hae-ra knows that Eun-yi would not abort her child "for all the money in the world," so she takes matters into her own hands by poisoning the herbal medicine packets Eun-yi drinks every day.
Hae-ra goes to the hospital and delivers her twin sons. Hoon visits the hospital, where Hae-ra makes her ill will toward him known. Furious, he returns home alone and finds Eun-yi in his bathtub. She reveals that she is pregnant and plans on keeping the baby.
Eun-yi succumbs to the effects of the poison, and Mi-hee arranges an abortion without Eun-yi's consent. After the abortion, Miss Cho reveals that she told Mi-hee about Eun-yi's pregnancy. Eun-yi is angry, but forgives Miss Cho and vows to get revenge on the family. After recovering from her abortion, Eun-yi sneaks into the house with Miss Cho's assistance.
Hoon finds her breastfeeding one of the newborn babies. Hae-ra insists that Miss Cho chase Eun-yi out of the house, but Miss Cho refuses and quits her job on the spot. Eun-yi then confronts the entire family Hae-ra, Mi-hee, Hoon, and Nami , hanging herself from the same chandelier she once clung to, then lighting her body on fire as the family watches in horror. The final scene depicts the family outdoors in the snow celebrating Nami's birthday, all speaking English.
Both appear insane as Nami looks on. Beth Accomando of KPBS described the story as "a seductive and disquieting thriller in which overt violence is rare but ruthless manipulation and a callous lack of concern for people are commonplace. Accomando compared several characters to those in The Great Gatsby and stated that they "are only concerned with themselves and the image of perfection they present.
An early draft of the screenplay was written by Kim Soo-hyun , but after director Im Sang-soo had edited the script so heavily that Kim considered it to be entirely Im's own work, she decided to leave the project and publicly expressed her dissatisfaction.
One major difference between the versions is that the original film took place in the middle class, while the remake is set in an extreme upper-class environment. Im explains this with South Korea's social structure around , which was a time when the country's middle class started to form and many poor people moved from the countryside to work in the cities: "women became housemaids who served not only for the rich but also the middle class and that issue had served as the basis to Kim Ki-young's work.
What I realized upon reworking The Housemaid in 50 years was that there are much more wealthy people now, people who are millionaires. I wanted to depict the reality in which housewives from normal families have to undertake hard work too". Im stated that the design of the house reflects a "traditional European lifestyle" enjoyed by wealthy people around the world in the s and that "Myself, I find it questionable that this would be a life they genuinely enjoy or if it's not more for show.
It also plays a role in the dramatic and tragic end of the movie's heroine. That chandelier in all its detail is actually a copy of the work "Song of Dionysus" created by artist Bae Young-whan. The decision to include the chandelier in The Housemaid was quite a deliberate one.
At first glance, the light fixture looks like an elegant Art Nouveau craft, but a closer look reveals that its green glass pieces are actually sharp shards from broken wine and soju bottles. In the same sense, the high-class family members in the movie look elegant at a glance but are actually selfish and cruel enough to break their housemaid's heart.
In regards to the initial suicide scene, Im stated that the purpose was to show the effect of suicide in Korea and that the audience is unaware of the circumstances of the first suicide like they become with that of the main character, in that members of the general public learn about suicides and then move on with their lives without considering the circumstances of the suicides.
Im stated that in regards to the birthday party scene, "I wanted audiences to wonder if [Nami] could truly heal from such an event? There are two scenes within this movie which show a large scar, or burn, on Jeon Do-yeon 's upper thigh. Director Im Sang-soo said, "Jeon Do-yeon does, in fact, have a scar there, and before filming began, she mentioned the scar to me because she knew that there were many scenes involving nudity within the film. I didn't have a problem, or filming issues, with it at all, but as shooting progressed, I felt that the scar matched ideas within the film very well, so it is true that I had a couple of scenes specifically focusing on it.
We could have erased it with computer graphics, but I talked to Jeon Do-yeon about it and we both agreed that it matched the film so well that it should be kept in. The film premiered in South Korea on 13 May However, Lee also found the film to have several prominent flaws: "plot developments are glaringly melodramatic " and "even with Jeon's calibrated performance, Eun-yi's characterization is problematic From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Release date. Running time. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 4 June The Dong-a Ilbo.