The Housemaid + Q&A - LKFF18

The Housemaid + Q&A - LKFF

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  • Wed 17 Nov
  • 106 minutes
  • Director: IM SANG-SOO
  • South Korea (2010)


The London Korean Film Festival presents Im Sang-Soo's The Housemaid followed by a director Q&A.

Byeong-sik (Youn Yuh-jung) is the calm, controlled centre within a family of self-indulgent chaebol billionaires. Formerly a nanny, she maintains her role as veteran housemaid and cook with stealthy politeness. She hires in extra help in the form of young, pretty Eun-yi (Jeon Do-youn); she will double as nanny to little girl Nami. While the husband of the family awaits his very pregnant wife’s delivery of their twins, he uses his reptilian charm to seduce Eun-yi. She does not put up much of a fight. Eun-yi’s own pregnancy sets the wheels in motion for a final tragedy.

In picking Kim Ki-young’s 1960 classic The Housemaid for a remake, Im Sang-soo faced a huge challenge. He wisely gave one of Kim’s favourite actors, Youn Yuh-jung, the key role of Byeong-sik while casting star Jeon Do-youn as Eun-yi. There is some irony in the fact that in his critical attack on the ultra-rich, Im was able to deploy a luxury of cinematic tools Kim Ki-young could never have imagined.

The London Korean Film Festival (LKFF) is the UK’s leading showcase of Korean cinema, and the largest Korean Film Festival in Europe. The festival has introduced premiere screenings of major blockbusters to UK cinema screens while also incorporating the most engaging Indie hits, Women's Voices, Documentary, Animation, Shorts, Classics and more within its diverse programme. Now in its groundbreaking 16th edition, LKFF celebrates the global success of Korean cinema with a special focus on the extraordinary career of recent Oscar winner Youn Yuh-jung.