(Hanyo, South Korea/1960) by Kim Ki-Young
Written and edited by Kim Ki-Young. Music: Han Sang-Ki. Art director: Park Seok-in. Director of Photography: Kim Deok-jin. Producer: Kim Young-chul. Production Company: Korean Munye Films Co., Ltd. Starring: Lee Eunshim (Housemaid), Kim Jin-kyu (Dong-sik), Ju Jeung-nyeo (Dong-sik’s wife), Um Aeng-ran (Cho Kyung-hee). Running Time: 110’. b&w. Language: Korean with English subtitles.
Restored in 2008 by the Korean Film Archive and the World Cinema Foundation at HFR Laboratory,
Kim Ki-young’s Hanyo, or The Housemaid, is one of the true classics of South Korean cinema, and when I finally had the opportunity to see the picture, I was startled. That this intensely, even passionately claustrophobic film is known only to the most devoted film lovers in the west is one of the great accidents of film history. I’m proud that the World Cinema Foundation is participating in the restoration and preservation of this remarkable picture. I am eager for more people to get to know and love The Housemaid.
(Martin Scorsese, February 2008)
Notes on the restoration
Hanyo has been restored digitally by the Korean Film Archive (KOFA) with the support of the World Cinema Foundation. The original negative of the film was found in 1982 with two missing reels, 5 and 8. In 1990 an original release print with hand-written English subtitles was found and used to complete the copy. This surviving print was highly damaged, and the English subtitles occupied almost half of the frame area. The long and complex restoration process has involved the use of a special subtitle-removal software and included flicker and grain reduction, scratch and dust removal, color grading.