On this very lovely Valentines Day, Korean Cinema Chicago invites you to a fascinating classic film of an upper-middle-class family during the post-war society in South Korea. Consistently picked as one of the top three Korean films of all time, HOUSEMAID has been numerously acclaimed by successful contemporary filmmakers such as Bong Joon-ho and Park Chan-wook.
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 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. (Criterion)
Described as one of the most eccentric figures in Korean cinema for his gloriously grotesque, floridly melodramatic films, Kim Ki-young's has been compared to Alfred Hitchcock and Nicholas Ray. The film was restored in 2008 thanks to the Korean Film Archive and Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Projects.
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