(1955) is the first and last feature directed by the late Park Nam-ok
, South Korea's first woman filmmaker. Though some parts have been lost, The Widow
still stands as a poignant (and at-times, provocative) portrait of women's sexuality and love, motherhood and marriage in a post-war nation. Park was pregnant at the time of the film's production and struggled with a diminishing budget; but in 2001, she declared
: "I would give anything to re-live those days."