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The Housemaid (2010)

Do-Yeon Jeon , Seo-Hyeon Ahn , Sang-soo Im  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Do-Yeon Jeon, Seo-Hyeon Ahn
  • Directors: Sang-soo Im
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2011
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,936 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A sensation at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, Korean director Im Soo-sang's remake of the classic 1960 film is the story of Eun-yi (Jeon Do-yeon, Cannes 2007 Best Actress Award winner for Secret Sunshine), a young innocent hired to care for a wealthy pregnant woman. Eun-yi's presence attracts the amorous attentions of Hoon, the master of the house, and he begins an affair with her. Igniting the jealousy of an older maid who knows many family secrets, Eun-yi quickly finds herself in the center of a familial power struggle. With THE HOUSEMAID Im Soo-sang brings both a keen eye for the dynamics of sex and power and a lush, luxurious sense of style.

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105 of 112 people found the following review helpful
The notorious 1960 Korean film "The Housemaid" by Kim Ki-young shocked contemporary audiences with its suspenseful descent into depravity and madness. Taking on a classic (even a cult classic) can be a daunting task. 2010's remake of the same name by Im Sang-soo maintains the same principle characters and much of the plotting, and is able to be much more graphic in nature. But despite the added nudity and sexuality--the film somehow seems much more subdued. In fact, I'll issue a cautionary warning. Billed as a thriller, "The Housemaid" really plays as a slow-burn domestic drama. Still and quiet, anyone expecting edge-of-your-seat excitement will likely be mystified by the thriller descriptive. That's not to say that there isn't much to recommend this version--I just missed some of the wildness of its predecessor. More inspired by than an actual remake, this is a glossy and dignified soap opera that maintains a surprising calm amidst increasingly melodramatic plot points.

Jeon Do-yeon (a captivating perfromer who won Cannes' Best Actress prize for 2007's Secret Sunshine) plays the titular lead. Enlisted as a maid and nanny for a wealthy family, she is soon exchanging flirtations with the family patriarch. Although irresistibly sweet and alluring (probably too much so), she makes some consciously controversial choices. As a character, she is a bit of a cipher as her excursions into impropriety don't seem to affect her in the slightest. After a series of bad actions, things start to unravel in the household as an undercurrent of domestic strife affects just about everyone. With the unfaithful husband, a pregnant wife, a little girl torn, a vengeful mother-in-law, and a put-upon house manager--it is unlikely that anyone will remain unscathed.
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57 of 65 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Family affairs June 20, 2011
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A beautiful young woman comes to work as a housemaid/nanny for an extremely wealthy Korean businessman and his heavily pregnant young wife who live in a world where nothing is denied. It doesn't take long for his eye to wander to his servant. Extreme viciousness ensues as the various members of the household unite to take action to protect and preserve the family at whatever cost. exceptional performances from one and all in the cast down to the two young children of the couple. But the older house servant is riveting to watch with a beautifully layered performance reflecting all her desires, interests, anger, pain and rebellion, often simultaneously. Her performance alone would make the film worth watching and buying. More a class study than a thriller, but there's more than enough action to satisfy most viewers.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY! An inspired remake of a classic movie! January 12, 2011
By Lin707
I heard the announcement this movie would be remade with skepticism. When this DVD came out, I made sure I watched the original 1960 movie FIRST. Then the next day I watched this DVD from Amazon. Wow. For once, a remake that is not made from a blueprint of the original with the intent to cash in from the original's acclaim. This adaption is inspired and original in its own way. The direction and cinematography is amazing, the actors fit their role perfectly, and the plot is clever with a climax that is breathtaking. Definitely not for children with all the sultry sex scenes. This DVD was awesome. Rest assured, it will play in the USA (thank god).
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big House, Little Heart August 8, 2011
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This movie is a remake of a 1960 Korean production. I have not seen this earlier film, but not to worry, the general themes covered in the recent version (English subtitles) have often been explored in cinema land.

It's about a young woman, Eun-yi (Do-yeon Jeon), who, due to economic necessity, becomes a housemaid for a super-wealthy Korean family. The maid is a pleasant, compassionate woman. Jung-Jae Lee plays the young patriarch of the family. He is used to having his way, or so says his heartless mother-in-law. So, he has his way with Eun-yi, even though he has a young daughter, and his wife is pregnant with twins. Most would say he did not rape the maid, but it's clear that she would lose her job if she did not submit. Complicating the image of the rich guy using the poor woman is the fact that Eun-yi is attracted to him.

I do not want to reveal any more of the story. All of the actors were very sharp. We get a convincing image of the evil deeds of evil people who are rich enough to try to cover their tracks with cash. Those who equate great wealth with moral bankruptcy will not be disappointed here.

One fascinating aspect of the film for me was how the opening sequence strongly suggested the story's conclusion. Throughout, I was thinking that I knew where it was headed. I will not tell you if I was right, but I will tell you that the conclusion was very powerful.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome... October 22, 2011
By Samson
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I think this might fit into the melodrama category of film and it's really intense. It gives you insight into a culture that is deeply rooted in beliefs and a class difference that is horribly divided. By the end of the movie you almost won't be sure who to feel sorry for. The protagonist and antagonist are so blurred at times you kind of wonder where the movie started and it's all so seamless. The end is awesome and ties everything together. You really see how emotion and cavalier actions can bring out the worst in people when it's not checked or controlled. Give it a shot, you might just get taken on a roller coaster ride.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The ending! THE ENDING!!
I could say "The Ending!!!" ten thousand times and consider it a sufficient review, but since I don't think that will help very many people, I'll put a little more sane effort into... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Flynne
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent movie passionate wild adventurous. Sexual
Published 1 month ago by KEITH COOPERWOOD
5.0 out of 5 stars Will captivate you
If you are looking for a Korean movie that has everything you would want in an exciting drama....this is it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by David Srein
4.0 out of 5 stars Never seen a bad Korean movie yet.
Another of the great Korean movies. I have yet to see a Korean movie that wasn't worth my money. A BRAND NEW LIFE got me started. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Keith R. Sauerwald
3.0 out of 5 stars An average film
I only can watch a part of the film because it is so horrible and dirty. Honestly, I cannot express my feelings. It is disgusting and despicable in the life style of characters. Read more
Published 3 months ago by hien
3.0 out of 5 stars The Housemaid
Good movie with nice plot except the ending. She did not have to do that final act. Take the money and go on with life. The situation is very common in Asia. Read more
Published 3 months ago by HUAN HUU NGUYEN
1.0 out of 5 stars CORRUPT RICH PEOPLE NEED TO GO DOWN. Kill the mother in law bitch.
I don't understand the ending. I can't understand why innocent young people commit suicide. Ms. Cho's son is an attorney for South Korea. Read more
Published 4 months ago by narlycat
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Adaptation of A Classic!
When the first scene started, I already had an idea of how the movie would conclude. Although, I admit that it was much more dramatic than I anticipated, it was still a great... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Laron Merritts
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite Korean movies and movies in general.
Some people complain that at times the movie is slow, but the storyline is great; acting is great; direction is great; cinematography is great; soundtrack is great; and the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by John H.
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting foreign movie
This movie is interesting culturally. The theme is familiar but, seeing it from a different culture is what makes you tune in. I would like to know what the symbolisms mean.
Published 4 months ago by rommel laureta
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