A stylish, sharply-crafted and darkly comic erotic melodrama with some superb design and cinematographer making for some striking imagery. The cast is also top-notch. It may not be as intense as the 1960 original, but it really is a very different film, and it knows exactly what it is and does it well.
I was pleasantly surprised by this film; I didn't know what to expect after seeing all the stills and reading many reviews and the film definitely wasn't perfect, but it managed to maintain a kind of restrained poignancy, even through the final theatrics. The acting was also excellent, not too over the top as could have so easily been the case.
Pretty different. There is like Chabrol between the both films. And no more moral values. Otherwise it's a korean film... Well-acted, and very well directed. ( But Im Sang-Soo has a thing with bourgeois ! )
Marketed as an erotic thriller here in America, "The Housemaid" isn't quite so erotic but it is gorgeously photographed and uniformly well-acted. This film gives a depiction of capitalism run amok that is more chilling than any Western movie I can recall seeing. Unfortunately, the ending makes a misstep into Grand Guignol territory - followed by a headscratching Lynch-ian coda - robbing the film of some of its power.
Not completely without merit, but doesn't even come near the original. I feel like there were some similarities between the films, but the plot was barely recognizable from the 1960. I'm not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing.