Hanyo (The Housemaid) (1960)

Hanyo (The Housemaid) (1960)





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Kim Ki-Young directed this suspenseful and disturbing tale of obsession and guilt. Dong-sik (Kim Jin-kyu) is a music teacher whose wife (Ju Jeung-ryu) is expecting a baby. The couple already has two children, and Dong-sik is having trouble covering the bills now that they've moved into a bigger house at his wife's insistence. Hoping to make things easier for his spouse, Dong-sik hires a young woman (Lee Eun-shim) to help with the household chores. However, the new housekeeper has a secret -- she was a close friend of a woman who lost her job and then her life as a result of Dong-sik's betrayal of a confidence. Soon the new housekeeper is using her sensual wiles to lure Dong-sik into infidelity and wrecking her revenge against him and his loved ones. Hanyo (aka The Housemaid) was a major box-office success in Korea upon its first release, but later fell out of circulation in the 1970s; the film was restored with the help of the Korean Film Archive and the new print made its U.S. debut at the American Film Institute's 2010 AFI Fest.
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Critic Reviews for Hanyo (The Housemaid)

All Critics (2)

The strange film has reached cult classic status, as it lays out a nightmarish scenario over its soap opera story.

Full Review… | July 18, 2014
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

[This] story is perfectly captured in a poetic, demonic way by the camera.

Full Review… | January 27, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Hanyo (The Housemaid)

Really good, very beautiful black and white movie (besides a few minor parts taken from a bad negative). The Housemaid feels so much like a Hollywood melodrama made in the 1940s. It even reminds me of a movie like Hitchcock's "Suspense," where a super forced happy ending is tacked on to a pretty dark movie up until then. Otherwise, a really interesting psychological thriller.

Matt Heiser
Matt Heiser

This movie plays & paces like a P.Ramlee psychorror dramedy, with a surprise public service announcement at the end. Certainly a blast to the past, and chock filled with winning quotes like "letting a young lady into the house is like offering raw meat to a tiger..." Caveat emptor! Let maid-employers beware...

Aaron Chuah
Aaron Chuah

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!

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