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The Housemaid DVD
Reviewed by
Simon Black
on
The Housemaid DVD Review Korean Gothic never looked so good.
Rating:
3.75

Feature 8.0
Video 9.0
Audio 8.5
Special Features 5.0
Total 7.5
Distributor: Madman
Running Time: 103 Minutes
Reviewer: Simon Black
Classification
: MA15+

7.5


The Housemaid 

Evincing once more his nationís seemingly boundless capacity for delivering unnerving, startlingly unpredictable genre films, director Im Sang-soo is back with his fifth feature, a remake of the 1960 film of the same name.

A taut, bleakly humorous denunciation of patriarchy and the inherent hypocrisy of upper class social mores, The Housemaid simultaneously functions as a rollicking sex romp, dark psychological thriller and unrelenting melodrama, somehow combining these seemingly disparate elements into a cohesive and deeply engrossing whole.  In lesser hands the film might have wound up a confusing pot pourri of styles and influences, but under Imís guidance the end product is a seductive blend of satire and drama, with plenty of sensuality thrown in for good measure. 

Like many recent Korean outings such as Bedevilled, Oldboy and I Saw the Devil, The Housemaid does have its own internal logic which inexorably escalates to perhaps illogical extremes, this seemingly being something of a national hallmark.  The film is so stunningly composed, however, that all the power struggles, caddish behaviour, witchlike mothers-in-law and self-immolation in the world couldnít derail it. Korean Gothic never looked so good. 

Special Features

Exclusive Australian interview with director Im Sang-soo

Madman Trailers






 
 



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