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Jeon Do Yeon cast in The Housemaid

October 30, 2009

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Jeon Do Yeon returns to the big-screen in the remake of the 1960 movie, The Housemaid [하녀].  Lim Sang Soo (The Last Garden) will be directing the movie.

It’s been a year since her last project, My Dear Enemy [멋진 하루].  She is most famous for her role in Secret Sunshine [밀양], which won her multiple awards including the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival.

The Housemaid (1960) was written and directed by Kim Ki Young, one of the best Korean directors of all time.  He was a master of psychological thrillers.  The Housemaid was one of his earlier films, a B&W film, featuring a femme fatale character.  The story revolves around a composer and his family, who bring a housemaid into their home which leads to adultery and murder.  Kim Ki Young often delved into the psyche of women in his movies.  Although he was unknown outside of Korea for most of his life, he earned international acclaim in the earlier part of the decade and had 18 of his movies screen in the French theaters in 2006.

Interestingly, the actress who played the titular character in the movie, Lee Eun Shim, was so convincing in the role that she was never cast in another movie.  Unfortunately, this was also her first film.

If you live in NYC, the MOMA is having a film screening on 11/5 and 11/16.  I will definitely be checking it out.

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Via SportsKhan

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