I finally watched Kim Ki-young's 1960 film The Housemaid, which was released on DVD a few months ago. It's long been considered a classic (or at least since his work was 'rediscovered' at the 1998 Pusan International Film Festival) and more than lives up to its reputation. Basically, a middle class family moves into a new, two story house, and, due to the wife's pregnancy, hires a maid.
(The film is notable for having a young Ahn Sung-gi play the son.)
The maid, however, is a little odd...
... and she proceeds to wreak havoc on the household.
To say more would ruin the fun, but it's an amazing film which never stops surprising you. Imagine a mix of the Harold Pinter/Joseph Losey collaboration The Servant and Takeshi Miike's Audition. Go watch it. Now.
Or soon, at any rate, before the remake is released. I just saw this, which reveals that The Housemaid will be remade starring Jeon Do-yeon and directed by Im Sang-soo (best known for The President's Last Bang and Good Lawyer's Wife). While part of me wonders why such a great film - so recently re-released on DVD - is being remade, the other part is intrigued by such a director - actress pairing and is looking forward to it. One hopes they'll find a part for Ahn Sung-gi. It's to start filming in December for a May release.
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