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The Housemaid (2010) (Blu-ray) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version) Blu-ray Region A

Jeon Do Yeon (Actor) | Lee Jung Jae (Actor) | Im Sang Soo (Director) | Seo Woo (Actor)
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Kim Ki Young's 1960 classic The Housemaid is widely regarded as one of the best Korean films ever made. Fifty years later, acclaimed filmmaker Im Sang Soo brings the thriller to screen again with a highly anticipated remake that has garnered both critical acclaim and huge box office. Invited to the Cannes and Berlin Film Festivals, the 2010 retelling of The Housemaid magnifies the lust, manipulation, and domestic power struggle of the original into a full-blown erotic psycho-thriller. While Kim Ki Young's Housemaid saw the unraveling of a middle-class family in the hands of a femme fatale maid, Im reverses and subverts the story by sending an innocent housemaid into the lion's lair and witnessing her abuse and transformation amid the cold and cavernous beauty of the palatial mansion.

Award-winning actress Jeon Do Yeon stars as poor divorcee Eun Yi, who gladly signs on to work as a nanny and housemaid for a wealthy, upper-crust family. In her naive eyes, the rich and handsome Hoon (Lee Jung Jae, Typhoon), his pregnant wife Hae Ra (Seo Woo, Paju), and adorable daughter (Ahn Seo Hyun) make the picture-perfect family. But that myth is soon shattered when the domineering Hoon finds his way to her bed. Their torrid affair upsets the balance of the household, unleashing a cruel power struggle as Hae Ra, her mother (Park Ji Young), and the head housekeeper (Yoon Yeo Jung) all answer with their own calculated measures.

This edition comes with audio commentary, making of, character featurettes, Cannes Film Festival, outtakes, trailers, and other special features.

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Product Title: The Housemaid (2010) (Blu-ray) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version) 下女 (2010) (Blu-ray) (首批限量版) (韓國版) 下女 (2010) (Blu-ray) (首批限量版) (韩国版) 下女 (2010) (Blu-ray) (初回限定版) (韓国版) 하녀 (블루레이) (초회한정판) (한국판)
Artist Name(s): Jeon Do Yeon (Actor) | Lee Jung Jae (Actor) | Seo Woo (Actor) | Yoon Yeo Jeong (Actor) | Hwang Jeong Min (Actor) 全 度妍 (Actor) | 李政宰 (Actor) | 徐雨 (Actor) | 尹汝貞 (Actor) | 黃貞敏 (Actor) 全 度妍 (Actor) | 李政宰 (Actor) | 徐雨 (Actor) | 尹汝贞 (Actor) | 黄贞敏 (Actor) チョン・ドヨン (Actor) | イ・ジョンジェ (Actor) | ソウ (Actor) | ユン・ヨジョン (Actor) | Hwang Jeong Min (Actor) 전 도연 (Actor) | 이 정재 (Actor) | 서우 (Actor) | 윤여정 (Actor) | 황정민 (Actor)
Director: Im Sang Soo 林常樹 林常树 イム・サンス 임상수
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2011-11-18
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC, [HD] High Definition What is it?
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Rating: III
Publisher: Candle Media
Other Information: 1-Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1025672790

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하녀 (블루레이) (초회한정판) (한국판)

*Screen Format: H.246 AVC 1920x1080p, 23.976, 2.35:1
*Sound Mix:
-Korean DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
-코멘터리1 Korean Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (임상수감독,전도연,이정재,윤여정)
-코멘터리2 Korean Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (임상수감독,남다은평론가)
*Extras:
01. <하녀> 제작과정
02. <하녀> 2010 탄생
03. Production 메이킹
04. 캐릭터 : 은이
05. 캐릭터 : 훈
06. 캐릭터 : 해라, 병식
07. <하녀> 칸 영화제 가다
08. NG와 OK사이
09. 예고편 모음
10. 뮤직비디오(거미: 어떻게)

*Director: 임상수

-2010년 제 63회 칸 국제 영화제 경쟁부문 진출. 상영 후 3분간의 기립박수 갈채!
-1960년 故김기영 감독의 동명의 작품을 2010년 임상수 감독이 재탄생 시킴.
-<처녀들의 저녁식사>, <바람난 가족>, <그때 그 사람들> 등 논란과 화제의 중심.
임상수 감독 연출작
-<태풍><오!브라더스><시월애>등의 이정재 출연.
-욕망에 사로잡힌 주인 남자 완벽 연기.
-<여배우들>, <그때 그 사람들>, <바람난 가족>등 내러티브를 장악하는 명품 연기자 윤여정 출연.
-<파주>, <미쓰 홍당무>, <아들>, 드라마<신데렐라 언니> 등에 출연한 충무로의 신예 스타 서우 출연.
-팝아트의 대가 로버트 인디애나를 비롯한 유명작가의 고가 미술품으로 완성된 대저택 세트.
-50억 미술품, 700평 대저택 세트로 권력과 욕망의 공간을 완벽하게 선보임.
-단정하면서도 실루엣이 고스란히 드러나는 하녀 의상을 특별 제작해 강렬한 에로티시즘 전달.
-국내 극장 개봉 당시 2,289,704명 관객을 동원하며 흥행 돌풍을 일으킴.
-평단과 관객의 끊임없는 논쟁과 결말에 대한 가지각색의 해석을 불러 일으킨 문제작.
-50년의 세월을 뛰어넘어 새롭게 태어난 2010년판 하녀.
-감출 수 없는 비밀을 둘러싼 엇갈린 욕망의 충돌!


SYNOPSIS
순수한 그녀. 하녀로 들어가다!
이혼 후 식당 일을 하면서도 해맑게 살아가던 ‘은이(전도연)’, 유아교육과를 다닌 이력으로 자신에게는 까마득하게 높은 상류층 대저택의 하녀로 들어간다. 완벽해 보이는 주인집 남자 ‘훈(이정재)’, 쌍둥이를 임신 중인 세련된 안주인 ‘해라(서우)’, 자신을 엄마처럼 따르는 여섯 살 난 ‘나미’, 그리고 집안 일을 총괄하는 나이든 하녀 ‘병식(윤여정)’과의 생활은 낯설지만 즐겁다.
지나치게 친절한 주인을 만났다!
어느 날, 주인 집 가족의 별장 여행에 동행하게 된 ‘은이’는 자신의 방에 찾아온 ‘훈’의 은밀한 유혹에 이끌려 육체적인 관계를 맺게 되고 본능적인 행복을 느낀다. 이후에도 ‘은이’와 ‘훈’은 ‘해라’의 눈을 피해 격렬한 관계를 이어간다. 하지만 얼마 지나지 않아 ‘병식’이 그들의 비밀스런 사이를 눈치채고 은이의 임신 사실까지 알게되면서 평온하던 대저택에 알 수 없는 긴장감이 감돌기 시작하는데…
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Professional Review of "The Housemaid (2010) (Blu-ray) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)"

December 6, 2010

This professional review refers to The Housemaid (2010) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
With Kim Ki Young's 1960 social commentary suspense thriller The Housemaid long having been considered one of the all time greats of Korean cinema, the announcement that it was to be remade was always going to raise a few eyebrows. The prospect became even more interesting when noted director Im Sang Soo took the helm, having previously been responsible for a number of controversial and thought provoking productions, including A Good Lawyer's Wife, The President's Last Bang and most recently Old Garden. In bringing the story back to the screen and updating its themes, changes were inevitable, with it emerging as far more of an erotic psycho-drama - not that this should dampen its appeal, especially given the presence of award winning actress Jeon Do Yeon (Secret Sunshine) in the lead. As well as being invited to screen at the Cannes and Berlin Film Festivals, the film was a massive hit at home with critics and audiences alike.

Jeon Do Yeon takes the titular role as Eun Yi, a down on her luck young divorcee, who accepts a job as housemaid and child minder for a rich upper class family. The poor girl is immediately enchanted by their luxurious lives, charmed by the handsome and suave Hoon (Lee Jung Jae, Typhoon), his pregnant wife Hae Ra (Seo Woo, Paju), and their surprisingly well mannered young daughter (Ahn Seo Hyun). Unfortunately, she soon discovers the rot beneath the surface, as Hoon seduces her, and a taught battle for control of the household begins. Things get even more vicious when Hae Ra's cold and calculating mother (Park Ji Young) joins the fray, pushing her daughter to pull out all the stops in removing her rival for Hoon's affections.

Although they share the same basic premise and might seem to suggest similar themes, Im Sang Soo's take on The Housemaid shows a marked contrast with that of Kim Ki Young, and like the 1960 original his film is very much a product of its time. As such, it takes place within a very different society, shifting its focus from the emerging middle class, to the newly rich pseudo aristocracy. This changes the film down to its very core, with its protagonist no longer being a cruel and manipulative femme fatale, but an unfortunate, somewhat ignorant young girl who suffers greatly at the hands of her employers, and whose later attempts at taking them on have tragic rather than cathartic results. Eun Yi is a complex and morally ambiguous figure, who may well divide audience sympathies, though whether her actions are seen as being due to naivety or malevolence, she certainly makes for a compelling protagonist. Jeon Do Yeon is excellent in the role, keeping her housemaid believable, and never overdoing either the wide eyed innocence or the seductive destructiveness.

With many of her acts being distinctly amoral, film does have a cold feel to it, not least since she is the only character that the audience is really invited to identify with. Indeed, the upper class family are collectively monstrous, both in their treatment of her and in their near obsessive vanity, greed and psychotic selfishness. Although Hae Ra comes closest to showing a few glimmers of humanity as the wronged wife, even she proves more than capable of horrendous deeds to further her own position. As such, whilst Eun Yi's scheming is understandable, the film does make for uncomfortable viewing at times, quite deliberately so. The plot itself does have quite a few new twists, and though it is quite clearly hurting towards an unpleasant ending from the very start, it manages to drum up a fair amount of suspense, mainly as to the question of just how bad things will get.

One of the film's main assets is its gorgeous set design, with the family home being a truly magnificent and ornate affair, with every room decked out in opulence and luxury. The film's production values are impeccable, giving it a decadent, though vaguely sinister feel that fits very well with its themes. Dark, rich colours dominate almost every frame, and this also helps to heighten the tension and to accentuate the less pleasant aspects of its characters' psychology. Im's direction is a mixture of the stately and the lurid, managing to both keep its distance from the amoral goings on, whilst at the same time employing enough prowling camera shots to give the film a distinctly voyeuristic feel. The film is well paced, with plenty going on, including a good few shock scenes, and some very graphic and sweaty sex, marking it as a mature and adult production. Things only really get out of control right at the end, with a sudden and rather random ending, which though fitting enough in a nasty sort of way does seem to come out of nowhere rather, being at odds with the film's earlier patient character development.

Still, in its way this only serves to make The Housemaid even more memorable, and one of the most interesting and challenging Korean films of the year. Beautifully crafted and directed, though a very different beast to the original, it more than holds its own, boosted by a brave central turn from Jeon Do Yeon and assured direction from Im Sang Soo.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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