Feature Film

Classic - Art House - Crime - Drama

Korea, Republic of 1960 | 108 Min

The Housemaid

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The housemaid takes control of the family


Classic Art House Crime Drama


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The film is a domestic horror thriller telling of a family's destruction by the introduction of a sexually predatory femme fatale into the household. The film begins with a scene of a composer, Dong-sik Kim, reading to his wife a newspaper story about a man falling in love with his maid. The story then jumps to the composer working at a factory. The composer has just moved into a two-story house with his wife and two children. When his pregnant wife becomes exhausted from working at a sewing machine to support the family, the composer hires a housemaid, Myung-sook to help with the work around the house. The new housemaid behaves strangely, catching rats with her hands, spying on the composer, seducing him and eventually becoming pregnant by him. The composer's wife convinces the housemaid to induce a miscarriage by falling down a flight of stairs. After this incident, the housemaid's behavior becomes increasingly erratic. She threatens to kill the composer's newborn son. She tricks the composer's son Chang-soon into believing that he has ingested poisoned water and in a panic he falls to his death down a flight of stairs. Myung-sook persuades the composer to commit suicide with her by swallowing rat poison. 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. (Wikipedia)


Kim Ki-young


Kim Ki-young


Kim Jin-kyu
Lee Eun-shim
Ju Jeung-ryu
Um Aing-ran


Kim Ki-young


Kim Deok-jin

Production Designer

Seok-in Park


Kim Ki-young


Han Sang-gi