Film: The Housemaid

The Housemaid (Hangul: 하녀; hanja: 下女; RR: Hanyeo; MR: Hanyŏ) is a 2010 South Korean melodramatic thriller film, The Remake of a film of the same title made in 1960. Eun-yi has been hired as an au pair and maid to the well-off Goh family, in particular since the woman of the family, Hae-ra, is pregnant with twins. Eun-yi falls in love with the family, in particular their daughter, Nami, but is also seduced by Hoon, the husband. After she becomes pregnant by Hoon, her attempts to leave the family with her child are opposed by the increasingly murderous women of the family.

The Housemaid was directed by Im Sang Soo.

This film contains examples of:

  • Big Screwed-Up Family: Hits home in the final scene where the family is celebrating Nami's birthday outside, singing in English and drinking champagne, all of the servants replaced.
  • Driven to Suicide: Eun-yi, especially after she realizes that Hoon is as bad as the rest of them.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Hae-ra's mother pushes the ladder over while Eun-yi is dusting the chandelier in an attempt to kill her. It fools no one in the household.
  • One Drink Will Kill the Baby: Averted. Hae-ra drinks a single glass of champagne in several scenes while pregnant.
  • The Remake:
    • This is actually the fourth version of this story. There was the 1960 original directed by Kim Ki-Young, a 1971 remake called Woman of Fire also directed by Kim Ki-Young, and in 1982 yet another remake by Kim Ki-Young called Woman of Fire '82.
    • Im Sang Soo's version makes some substantial changes to the story. In the original the husband and wife are middle-class strivers and generally sympathetic, while the housemaid is a sexual predator and villain. In this version the married couple are very rich and pretty evil, and the housemaid is much more sympathetic.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: According to Miss Cho, this is far from the first time that a maid in the house has had an accident which led to an accident and then a pay-off.
  • Starts with a Suicide: At the beginning of the movie, Eun-yi and her friend witness a suicide. This seems to provide the impetus for Eun-yi to leave her job at the restaurant to become a housemaid.