Ain't It Cool News (
Movie News

The Korean remake, THE HOUSEMAID trailer has hit Apple!

Hey folks, Harry here...  If you attended FANTASTIC FEST last year, you had the opportunity to see, not only this remarkable film, but the vintage original Korean film of the same name, that this is a remake of.   I'm talking about THE HOUSEMAID.

This is, a very disturbing film, and I've decided, that since we're talking about a horribly disturbing plot...  one that is not beyond the realm of reality, but horrifying still.  Perhaps moreso, that I'd discuss what it is that I love about extreme and disturbing cinema.   

When I put THE SERBIAN FILM on my top ten, it wasn't to say, this is cool, groovy and badass.   It's a horrifyingly disturbing film.   And THE HOUSEMAID, to me, is horrifying too.   I'm an emphatic film viewer, I allow myself to imagine the situations I'm seeing as though they are occurring to me.   This is not always a positive thing to do, but it allows me to connect with the characters, in a manner that makes me imagine the worst this life could possibly offer, and I come out of it...  perhaps a bit psychically scarred, but I come out feeling very good about my...  rather ordinary by comparison life.

THE HOUSEMAID, the film that this is a trailer for is about a woman of low standing in her culture.  Servant class.   She's not that bright, but when a man in the position of her employer makes advances, it feels like a dream.  To be touched by a man of class, who can play beautiful music.   That has a beautiful wife and a beautiful daughter that adores her.   Well, it gives her pleasure.   But then, when she gets pregnant...  the story turns and it becomes very very dark, and not at all in the manner of Glenn Close and boiled rabbits.   No, you know how disturbed Korean cinema can get - and this film just dives deeper and deeper into a realm that borders on and perhaps past madness.   

Yoko, who is Korean (half) watched both this and the original which I missed.  But this film is tremendous.  We talked for hours about how the relationship between the wife & the wife's mother was exceptionally Korean - and how realistic the story played to the sensibilities she's familiar with.   

These are films I watch to understand the darkness of the human soul.  In film, you have the capacity to go along on extremely painful journeys...  not because of how awesome or cool they are, often times, they're the exact opposite of that.   Sometimes cinema can leave marks you didn't know it could leave.  Does it desensitize me from reality?

Absolutely not, it makes me empathize with it.   It gives me a feeling of relief to have survived even the visualization of it.   It shows me the ugly of this world, and I come away being... not afraid, but sobered.  

Now...  A warning - this is a trailer with spoilers, more than I've discussed...

Here's the trailer to a brilliant Korean film, THE HOUSEMAID

Readers Talkback
comments powered by Disqus
    + Expand All
  • Jan. 12, 2011, 2:50 a.m. CST

    this is a post to alert my twitter followers


    Check out the trailer for the brilliant Korean film, THE HOUSEMAID

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 3:21 a.m. CST


    by RaptorJesus

    I really genuinly doubt the childish mind of someone who couldn't understand Inception and not just liked but advocated the Friday the 13th remake, Tron Legacy and the mediocre Scott Pilgrim is capable of understand a complex character drama. Which probably means this is a very simple character drama.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 4:27 a.m. CST

    I'll pass.

    by Se7en

    ummm... no thanks.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 5:04 a.m. CST

    I'm in

    by tonguestubble

    looks great to me - worried the trailer's given away too much, but dismissing it just cause Harry likes it is fucking dumb

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 5:12 a.m. CST my gf is Korean and I live in Korea

    by southafricanguy

    I saw this film months ago, its been in the video stores for some time now. Anywoo, I can also attest that the relationship between the wife and her mother is very Korean. Every Korean woman I have met and dated, including my current GF, have seriously difficult relationships with their mothers..... Harry, you really need to get your ass to Korea and check it out one of these days.....

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 5:16 a.m. CST

    Harry, please re-read your posts before sending...

    by gareth

    "I'm an emphatic film viewer, I allow myself to imagine the situations I'm seeing as though they are occurring to me." Do you mean 'empathetic'? Also, your definition means sympathy, not empathy.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 5:23 a.m. CST

    But as Harry says, this is indeed a dark, twisted

    by southafricanguy

    and fucked up film.....

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 6:18 a.m. CST

    Looks great!!!

    by Clarky83

    I too live on Korea, but have missed out on the fruits of korean cinema... have only jsut watched OldBoy (hangs head in shame)... This looks good, dark and very twisted, deffo gonna watch. Whats the song in the trailer BTW? Tried Shazaaming it but no luck

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Philly Film Fest screened this...

    by Shepard Wong

    back to back with the original. Both are worth checking out. The original is a really good film until the end where the movie turns into a PSA with the father talking directly to the audience. At that point, it becomes great.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 6:42 a.m. CST

    SIDE BOOB!!!

    by fettitular

    And who the hell is the beauty at the 1:17 mark?? WOW :-O I love me some hot asian! In all seriousness though, this looks pretty fantastic.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 7:04 a.m. CST

    emphatic film viewer = forced, very clear, or intent

    by LargoJr

    in any case, the trailer didn't exactly blow up my skirt. I'm sure somebody will like it.. just not for me I guess. Might have been different if the trailer didn't have that terrible crap playing in the background.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 7:15 a.m. CST

    What's the other half Harry? No malice, just curiosity...

    by Toruk_Makto

    As for this flick, I dig a lot of what's coming out of South Korea these days film-wise so I'll probably check it out. I'm not going anywhere near that Serbian business though. Like Scully once said to Mulder: 'I don't need my metal tested.'

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Um, well..if I hadn't seen the last ten seconds maybe

    by 2for2true

    Eh...Hammer can do better than this. Give us buxom English girls having lesbian vampire sex, then I 'm in.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 8:02 a.m. CST

    The Hand that Rocks the Korean Cradle

    by tanks1

    So they are finally ripping off American movies? btw, Rebecca De Mornay was HOTT in that movie.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Emphatic film viewer...

    by gareth

    is a nonsensical combination of words.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 8:11 a.m. CST


    by Shepard Wong

    It'sa remake of a Korean movie made in 1960. So no, it's not ripping off THTRTC.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Write in actual sentences

    by KSul88

    Then I might be able to understand you.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Harry is an emphatic film viewer

    by TheBaxter

    that makes total sense. it means whe he views films, he views them WITH EMPHASIS.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 10:38 a.m. CST

    A Korean film can only mean two things

    by GhostofCicero

    Amazingly HOT women and a gut wrenching twisted sad ending. I'm in.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 10:49 a.m. CST

    I'm an emphatic masterbator

    by GhostofCicero

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 2:07 p.m. CST

    One of Harry's better reviews...well written!

    by ninpobugei

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 4:02 p.m. CST

    If you're still reading Harry's stuff like a proofreader,

    by Yeah I Wrote That

    give it up already! Read his posts as fast as humanly possible and they are generally great.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Amazing movie.

    by MaxTheSilent

    Damn, those Koreans can make some good flicks.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Song in trailer

    by bigmanseattle

    Anyone know what that song is? Shazam sure as shit doesn't.