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A.k.a.
The Housemaid
Year
1960
Runtime
109 min.
Director
Ki-young Kim
Genres
Crime, Drama, Thriller
Rating *
7.3
Votes *
2,367
Checks
1,213
Favs
96
Dislikes
17
Favs/checks
7.9% (1:13)
Favs/dislikes
6:1
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  1. Marazmatique's avatar

    Marazmatique

    Well this certainly got more and more bizarre as it went on... 7 years 7 months ago
  2. frbrown's avatar

    frbrown

    What a creepy film.
    What an awful ending.
    8 years 8 months ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Seeing as it was once named one of the greatest Korean films ever, Ki-young Kim's The Housemaid (1960) probably loomed large at home, so I am not surprised at all that Bong Joon-ho acknowledged it was an inspiration for Parasite. There's a similar upstairs/downstairs quality, where the "good folks" of a house can still be bad when they act on their privilege, and a downstairs villain who we can nonetheless empathize with, and it's also about unsavory elements being brought into a household under the guise of a servant. Otherwise, it's a very different film, part melodrama, part suspenseful sexual thriller, part Greek tragedy, in which a piano teacher experiences a nightmare when girls from within and without the household become obsessed with him and threaten to destroy his family life. The unhinged housemaid is adept at manipulating and blackmailing, but gets more than she bargained for (which is where the audience's empathy comes in). It's an unpredictable story where a simple look or hesitation creates tension. By all means, ignore the last 30 seconds (or enjoy them for their oddity), which were a reaction to the film's true ending being "too intense". It's terrible. 1 month 1 week ago
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  1. This movie ranks #1 in KOFA's 100 Korean Films
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  2. This movie ranks #11 in Film 2.0's 100 Korean Masterpieces
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  3. This movie ranks #151 in Harvard's Suggested Film Viewing: Narrative Films
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  4. This movie ranks #330 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000
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  5. This movie ranks #356 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
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  6. This movie ranks #461 in Tom Vick's Asian Cinema: A Field Guide
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  7. This movie ranks #818 in The Criterion Collection
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