The Housemaid (하녀) (1960) | Faces of the Korean Woman


3 tickets: $20 || 5 tickets: $30
(U.P. $10 per ticket)

The bundle ticket packages are available for purchase only at Oldham Theatre’s Box Office. The box office will be open one hour before the earliest showtime of the day on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The Housemaid (하녀) (1960)

Director: Kim Ki-young
Runtime: 111 minutes
Country: South Korea
Language: Korean with English subtitles
Rating: TBA

18 October, Friday - 8PM

This Korean cinema classic is a cunning satire of modern Korean values and aspirations. A nuclear family move into a two-storey house, appearing the epitome of middle-class triumph amidst modernization. But the family pays heavily to maintain this illusion. Dong-shik teaches music to poor workers for a living. To pay the bills, his pregnant wife works as a seamstress while caring for two children, then succumbs to exhaustion. So, Dong-shik hires a student as housemaid, who reveals herself unstable and destructive―though not without the couple’s doing, to whom she is a repository for their frustrations, as husband becomes adulterer and wife a manipulator. Ironically, so hostile were reactions to Lee Eun-shim in the title role that her career ended prematurely.

To Note:
- All film screenings are held at Oldham Theatre, National Archives of Singapore.
- Tickets can be purchased at the Oldham Theatre Box Office. The box office will be open one hour before the earliest showtime of the day on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
- Concession tickets apply to Students (Local & Overseas), Full-time National Servicemen (NSF), and Senior Citizens (55 years old and above) only.
- Please check the film rating before purchase of tickets. Please note that you may be asked to present your ID at the door (this applies to concession tickets as well).



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About Faces of the Korean Woman
6 Oct - 17 Nov | Oldham Theatre

To commemorate 100 years of Korean cinema in 2019, the Asian Film Archive presents Faces of the Korean Woman, a film programme that explores the multi-faceted portrayal of women throughout Korean film history from the 1930s to the 2010s.

As the figure of the Korean woman moves through tumultuous periods of Korean history―from the Joseon Dynasty, to the Park Chung-hee era, up to the contemporary times of neoliberalism―we see various interpretations of girlhood and womanhood manifested on screen, albeit through a predominantly male-oriented lens. They oscillate between the virtuous and the vampish, the pitiful and the horrific, the subjugated and the fiercely independent.

Featuring historically important early classics, popular genre films and critically acclaimed works by iconic male and female Korean directors, the programme’s 24 female character-driven films offer a retrospective view on female representation in Korean cinema, and open up new perspectives through the restoration of their faces within the cinematic imaginary.

Supported by the Korean Film Archive (KOFA)

  • The event description was updated. Diff#476282 2019-09-25 09:16:00
Fri Oct 18, 2019
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM SGT
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