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  • The Housemaid

    1960. South Korea. Kim Ki-young. 110 min.

Monday, November 16, 2009, 4:30 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1



  • The Housemaid

    1960. South Korea. Written, directed, and edited by Kim Ki-young. With Lee Eun-shim, Kim Jin-kyu, Ju Jeung-nyeo. Celebrated as one of the greatest Korean films of all time, Hanyo is an intense psychosexual chamber piece about a composer who nearly destroys his family by sleeping with the new housemaid, a disturbed woman who likes to catch rats with her bare hands. Kim Ki-young is a major influence on today’s generation of South Korean filmmakers, including Kim Ki-duk and Bong Joon-ho; comparing him to Luis Buñuel, Cahiers du cinéma critic Jean-Michel Frodon writes that Kim “[probes] deep into the human mind, its desires and impulses, while paying sarcastic attention to the details....," while noting that "the shocking nature of the film is both disturbing and pleasurable..." Restored by the Korean Film Archive with the support of the World Cinema Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by Martin Scorsese and dedicated to the preservation of films from developing and non-Western countries. In Korean; English subtitles. 110 min.