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* RedHerring: [[spoiler:Though it seems like Eun-yi has snuck in so that she can steal one or both of the twins as retribution for her own lost baby, she only ends up trying to breastfeed it before her suicide.]]

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* RedHerring: [[spoiler:Though it seems like Eun-yi has snuck in so that she can steal one or both of the twins as retribution for her own lost baby, or kill them as in previous remakes out of revenge, she only ends up trying to breastfeed it one of the infants before her suicide.]]



* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: 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.

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* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: 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 abortion and then a pay-off.

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* MissingMom: Eun-yi's mother is dead, and Eun-yi frequently visits her grave.


* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Eun-yi's friend and old roommate more or less disappear toward the end.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Eun-yi's friend and old roommate more or less disappear disappears toward the end.

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* AdaptationalHeroism: The original housemaid is a conniving ''femme fatale'' who acts bizarrely, seduces her employer to gain the upper hand, and eventual kills two of the family's three children. In this adaptation, Eun-yi is innocent and good-hearted, and genuinely falls in love with the family, doing nothing to harm Nami [[spoiler:and even asking for her forgiveness as she commits suicide]], and is taken advantage of by the faithless and lustful Hoon, who she has a crush on.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Aside from Nami, the Goh family is far darker than in the 1960 version. The husband of the original was hapless in the face of the housemaid's seduction; here, Hoon is the sexual predator and takes advantage of Eun-yi. And though the wife in the original did cause the housemaid to miscarry, [[spoiler:she didn't force an abortion on her.]]


* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: In the end, Miss Cho decides to quit despite years of service, fed up with the family.

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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: In the end, Miss Cho decides to quit despite years of service, fed up with the family.family [[spoiler:and leaves calmly during Eun-yi's suicide.]]


* ChildrenAreInnocent: Averted; Nami is fully aware that her grandmother pushed Eun-yi [[spoiler:and stares at Eun-yi's burning, hanging corpse in the finale. It's unknown if the latter caused a BreakTheCutie and she's as mad as the rest of her family.]]



* EvilMatriarch: Hae-ra's mother, who does everything from pushing Eun-yi off the balcony to [[spoiler:poisoning Eun-yi and giving her a forced abortion]] all to "protect" Hae-ra -- and most importantly, her marriage to a wealthy man.

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* EvilMatriarch: Hae-ra's mother, who does everything from pushing Eun-yi off the balcony to [[spoiler:poisoning Eun-yi and giving her a forced abortion]] all to "protect" Hae-ra -- and most importantly, her marriage to a wealthy man. Hell, after she realizes Eun-yi is pregnant, she's ''disappointed she didn't push her from somewhere higher.''



* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: [[spoiler:A subversion. Hoon's sex with Eun-yi is much more passionate than the detached and rather emotionless sex with Hae-ra, but it's clear that Eun-yi is being exploited even though she accepts and enjoys it. Sex with Hae-ra ''has'' to be less rough and passionate considering she's ''heavily pregnant with his twins.'']]

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* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: [[spoiler:A A subversion. Hoon's sex with Eun-yi is much more passionate than the detached and rather emotionless sex with Hae-ra, but it's clear that Eun-yi is being exploited even though she accepts and enjoys it. Sex with Hae-ra ''has'' to be less rough and passionate considering she's ''heavily pregnant with his twins.'']]''
* HeelFaceTurn: Miss Cho betrays Eun-yi's pregnancy to Hae-ra's mother before Eun-yi even knows about it, though she later feels guilty and confesses [[spoiler:after the forced abortion]] and sneaks Eun-yi back into the mansion.


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* ManOnFire: [[spoiler:While committing suicide, Eun-yi ''hangs herself from the chandelier and lights herself on fire as the noose is strangling her.'' No wonder this made the family go insane.]]


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* RedHerring: [[spoiler:Though it seems like Eun-yi has snuck in so that she can steal one or both of the twins as retribution for her own lost baby, she only ends up trying to breastfeed it before her suicide.]]


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* SanitySlippage: Eun-yi suffers from this more and more over the course of the plot. [[spoiler:She seems to be totally insane right before her suicide.]]


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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: In the end, Miss Cho decides to quit despite years of service, fed up with the family.
* SleepingWithTheBoss: Hoon has no problem coming onto Eun-yi -- or other servants, presumably.


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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Miss Cho gives a short, albeit well-deserved, one to the family at the end. The fact that she'd been a consummate professional before then makes it even more effective.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Eun-yi's friend and old roommate more or less disappear toward the end.
* YourCheatingHeart: Hoon cheats on the heavily pregnant Hae-ra with Eun-yi.

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* BookEnds: [[spoiler:The film starts and ends with a suicide.]]


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* EvilMatriarch: Hae-ra's mother, who does everything from pushing Eun-yi off the balcony to [[spoiler:poisoning Eun-yi and giving her a forced abortion]] all to "protect" Hae-ra -- and most importantly, her marriage to a wealthy man.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: [[spoiler:Hae-ra, her mother, and Hoon go insane after witnessing Eun-yi's disturbing suicide -- exactly as Eun-yi intended -- and are last seen having a birthday party outside, complete with their furniture, with the new staff looking extremely uncomfortable. Nami's state is more ambiguous.]]
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: [[spoiler:Subverted. Eun-yi wants to keep the baby, but Hae-ra's mother insists that her keeping it will cause nothing but trouble. When the abortion ''does'' happen, Eun-yi has no say in it.]]
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: [[spoiler:A subversion. Hoon's sex with Eun-yi is much more passionate than the detached and rather emotionless sex with Hae-ra, but it's clear that Eun-yi is being exploited even though she accepts and enjoys it. Sex with Hae-ra ''has'' to be less rough and passionate considering she's ''heavily pregnant with his twins.'']]


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* RichBitch: Hae-ra starts off as being fairly decent (though she does gloat about how she can afford to have more kids than poor people can) but gradually descends into this [[spoiler:especially when Eun-yi becomes pregnant and her mother urges her to get rid of Eun-yi's baby.]]

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''The Housemaid'' (Hangul: 하녀; hanja: 下女; RR: Hanyeo; MR: Hanyŏ) is a 2010 South Korean melodramatic thriller film, TheRemake of [[Film/TheHousemaid1960 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.

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!!This film contains examples of:
* BigScrewedUpFamily: 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.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Eun-yi, especially after she realizes that Hoon is as bad as the rest of them.]]
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: 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.
* OneDrinkWillKillTheBaby: Averted. Hae-ra drinks a single glass of champagne in several scenes while pregnant.
* TheRemake:
** This is actually the fourth version of this story. There was [[Film/TheHousemaid1960 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.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: 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.
* StartsWithASuicide: 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.
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