Case in point: The Housemaid. A remake of the 1960 film of the same name, it peeks into the household of a family so corrupt, so evil that ... well, it will remind you that were all the same, no matter the hemisphere.
Entering the Goh mansion as the new, second maid is Eun-yi (Jeon Do-yeon, Secret Sunshine), a homely young woman rightfully awed by her spacious surroundings does her best to respect to and abide by the wishes of businessman Hoon (Jung-Jae Lee, Typhoon) and his pregnant, pretty wife.
One night, she learns just how far those go. After a frustrating round of coitus interruptus with the wife, an unsatisfied Hoon walks downstairs to Eun-yis room with a bottle of wine, eager hands, an air of startling arrogance, and an order to suck it like a straw. She complies.
The act has consequences namely, the kind that take nine months to gestate. And thats when things go from bad to irrevocable.
Although The Housemaid is fiction, youll be aghast at its depiction of class treatment among the characters, whose self-serving ugliness certainly is based in fact. You know when you hear the sudden screech of a cars tires and just know a crash is soon to follow? Much of Im Sang-Soos visually, socially sharp film is like that: The tires screech early, and the crash indeed comes, more than an hour later.
While you know this cant end well, you wont be prepared for exactly how it does. One things for sure: You wont soon forget it. Rod Lott