The Housemaid (하녀) (1960)

  • October 18, 2019 | 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM | Friday
  • Oldham Theatre


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Director: Kim Ki-young
Runtime: 111 minutes
Country: South Korea
Language: Korean with English subtitles
Rating: TBA

This Korean cinema classic is a cunning satire of modern Korean values and aspirations. A nuclear family move into a two-storey house, appearing the epitome of middle-class triumph amidst modernization. But the family pays heavily to maintain this illusion. Dong-shik teaches music to poor workers for a living. To pay the bills, his pregnant wife works as a seamstress while caring for two children, then succumbs to exhaustion. So, Dong-shik hires a student as housemaid, who reveals herself unstable and destructive―though not without the couple’s doing, to whom she is a repository for their frustrations, as husband becomes adulterer and wife a manipulator. Ironically, so hostile were reactions to Lee Eun-shim in the title role that her career ended prematurely.

To Note:
– All film screenings are held at Oldham Theatre, National Archives of Singapore.
– Tickets can be purchased at the Oldham Theatre Box Office. The box office will be open one hour before the earliest showtime of the day on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
– Concession tickets apply to Students (Local & Overseas), Full-time National Servicemen (NSF), and Senior Citizens (55 years old and above) only.
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