Watch The Housemaid 2010 , Melbourne International Film Festival: When Ki-youthful Kim’s The Housemaid appeared in 1960, it was at the tallness of what might come to be known as the ‘Brilliant Era’ of South Korean film. With its intense and stunning interpretation of sexual governmental issues and class refinement, the film was and is perceived as being one of the country’s most famous and significant movies.
From a simply business viewpoint, a revamp appeared an easy decision, given the stirrings of lecherous fear the first manifestation of the housemaid, Myong ja, still rouses among South Korean cinephiles. Yet, could flashy chief Sang-soo Im’s 2010 revisioning, in which the great Myong ja turns into the giggly nymphette Eun-yi, potentially be of enough significance to characterize the overall zeitgeist with a similar effect as the 1960 rendition?
As played by the pretty and drawing in Jeon Do-yeon, Eun-yi is as oppositely inverse to the soul of Myong ja as one could envision. Tying down an occupation as servant to a rich high society family, she promptly gets to know the coolly far off single kid with whom she shares a room and charms herself with the woman of the house (Seo Woo) who is conveying late-term twins. The spouse, Hoon (Lee Jung-Jae), is a haughty lawful sort who unwinds by playing the piano (a gesture to the first, wherein the man of the house was a presentation musician), drinking red wine and griping that his tremendously pregnant wife can’t fulfill his narrow minded sexual needs.
Hoon sees Eun-yi as she enthusiastically cleans the shower in a scaled down skirt, unconsciously blazing him her immaculate white underwear (as we’ll come to comprehend, Sang-soo Im isn’t a chief bound by any adherence to nuance). A graphically-depicted undertaking follows, until the spouse finds the tryst and, with the guide of her childishly wretched relative (Moon So-ri), decides to annihilate the sweet housemaid by mental and physical maltreatment.
The most telling misjudgment that Sang-soo Im makes is in the rethinking of his focal character. Ki-youthful Kim’s unique hero was icily psychopathic and chillingly viable as an enchantress, controller and economic well being vigilante (it is trusted Glenn Close drew on the character when making her Oscar-designated spurned-special lady Alex in Adrian Lyne’s Fatal Attraction, 1987); Eun-shim Lee was so disgustingly vital as Myong ja, her profession slowed down when crowds would not acknowledge her in some other job. 2010’s Eun-yi is just a smudging cushion for her lord’s aloofness, absorbing the maltreatment like a giggling little dog. In 1960, the housemaid implied something to everybody; in 2010, she amounts to nothing. One of the extraordinary female lead characters of the sum total of what time has been decreased to one of the most pandering; the film required a solid heart, anyway dull, and in Eun-yi it scarcely enlists a heartbeat.
Along these lines, no, Sang-soo Im’s film does not mirror any incredible social separate between the genders and the classes as it exists today. It wanders about certain components of those issues – the merciless lack of concern of the decision tip top, as depicted by the spouse; the eagerness of the privileged to keep up their social predominance through the most corrupt methods, as depicted by the relative. To some degree shockingly, the film reflects the imaginative zeitgeist – the predominant artistic worry for style and state of mind over substance and understanding – yet the feel of the film will just draw remarks from individual producers and commentators. There is zero chance at all that the foamy, dingy 2010 adaptation will resound with crowds at home or abroad similarly that the 1960 film did.