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The Housemaid

2007 Cannes Best Actress winner JEON Do-youn teams up with renowned director IM Sang-soo for this suspense-laden remake based on late director KIM Ki-young’s 1960 original, “The Housemaid”, in which a man has an affair with his housemaid, long considered a classic in Korean cinema.

Behind the Camera

Film history abounds with films about the process of filmmaking. What happens however if the director appears and disappears at will? And what if he decides to direct his film via Skype? The crew gathering on the first day of the shoot for E J-yong’s new film are suitably astonished to discover that their director is in Los Angeles. No sooner does he greet his troupe from a large monitor screen, than the first rehearsals are underway, lights are set up and the camera positioned.
E J-yong’s new work is a continuation of the play-within-a-play motif from his mockumentary The Actresses (Panorama, 2010) and is equally ironic and cryptic. Once again, stars of Korean cinema put in an appearance, playing themselves as they wait for direction, gossip about their colleagues, or ponder their work. Naturally, there’s also a film-within-a-film narrative which suddenly begs the question: where does reality end and fiction begin? Meanwhile, E J-yong beams down from his monitor at his crew – and perhaps at the audience. Connected electronically to the goings-on from afar he seems to be observing all our attempts to find answers. [Courtesy of Indiewire]

Jang-Soo Store

Sung-Chil works at the Jang-Soo Store which is owned by Jang-Soo. Sung-Chil is stubborn and has a bad temper, but he changes after meeting Geum-Nim. Geun-Nim runs a flower shop and her daughter Min-Jung does not like her meeting Sung-Chil.