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Piano composer Dong-sik (Kim Jin Kyu) and his pregnant wife (Jeung-nyeo Ju) need extra help around the house, so they hire a housemaid (Eun-shim Lee), whose precociousness soon gives way to troubling behavior. Tensions between her and Dong-sik lead to an affair, and while the pregnancy ends in a miscarriage, it also results in the maid becoming obsessed with killing the entire family, starting with their older son. Soon their comfortable home becomes a physical and psychological battleground.

Cast & Crew

Seok-je Kang
Seon-ae Ko
Jeong-ok Na
Sang-gi Han
Original Music
Deok-jin Kim
Cinematographer
Young-Keun Oh
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Seok-in Park
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  • Jul 10, 2011
    Ki-young's most accessible masterpiece is quite possibly the greatest Asian thriller ever conceived. If Hitchcock has invaded even mainstream fans, and if we now are used to know which direction the events depicted here will unfold, that does not stop Hanyo from invading the senses with trembling and noirish undertones of the macabre. Exceptional masterpiece with Eun-shim Lee in a flawless performance for the ages. 100/100
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  • Mar 16, 2010
    A stunning thriller! From the credits sequence on, Hanyo (The Housemaid) weaves a crazy web of lies and treachery. Not unlike the web the children are weaving during those credits. Humor is perfectly injected into the movie and makes this a must see! A fantastic ending as well! Watch for Korea to remake one of their classics in 2010!
    James B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2009
    Hanyo is a thriller crafted with the greatest expertise. You know where it's going, but you can't help but stared, open mouthed, at the journey it takes. Mr. Kim is the unluckiest lucky man in the world. He has women throwing themselves at him non-stop. Unfortunately, they are all a tad bonkers and also pretty dangerous. Leading the pack is his Housemaid, a little temptress with a good eye on how to eliminate a rat. The imagery is all very metaphorical, but hits such high levels of obviousness that it is also comically charming. It's rather tense, and also upsettingly painful to watch. In true thriller fashion, it builds to an over-the-top climax, but before you dismiss this as wild fantasy, you have to wait for one of the greatest cinematic punchlines of all time.
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