The Servant (A Story of Bangja) (2010)





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The handsome servant of a powerful nobleman schemes to win the heart of the geisha they both covet, but soon finds that the object of his affections may have a scheme all her own. Bang-ja works for Mong-lyong, and they both lust after Chun-hyang, who plies her trade at the Cheongpunggak geisha house. When Bang-ja learns that his master longs to claim Chung-hyang for himself, he seeks the wisdom of a wise old relationship expert named Ma to learn that secrets of seduction. Later, using a combination of Mencius and Confucian Analects to charm Chun-hyang away from Mong-lyong, Chun-hyang becomes just another step in the cunning beauty's clandestine plan to transcend her current social status. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama , Romance
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This film is a parody on the Korean 18th century literature classic love story of Chun-hyang, and so will appear different from the original. I had been alerted that the film, although an art house foreign film, contained sex scenes that were very explicit. While I saw scenes with some nudity and apparent intercourse, I did not think that the scenes rose to the level of explicit sex and actually I thought that they were tastefully done. We do get to see one breast, but that is about it for erogenous body parts. If the translators for the subtitles were accurate, the language used in the film hardly would rise to the level of politeness that would have been appropriate in 18th century Korea. The language more closely approximated what one would imagine would be used on the streets in the lower class neighborhoods of the world, except that I don't recall the F word or other curse words. To me, this was an entertaining and complex story of political appointment, political abuse of power, political and economic corruption, sexual discrimination and harassment, all in the wrapper of a love story of a man not entitled by his society to love. The themes of society in 18th century Korea turn out to be a pre-cursor for modern America, and probably most societies, in the 21st century. Classic literature purists probably are not going to be able to get past the concept that this film is a parody of the original classic, and so probably will be disenchanted by this film. All of the rest of us poor illiterates, our minds not contaminated by the original classic, get to enjoy a pretty good film, one both entertaining and instructive.

Noel Bragg
Noel Bragg

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