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About Jon Jung

Jon Jung (aka “Coffin Jon”) is the producer and host of the VCinema podcast and editor-in-chief of the VCinema blog. He contributed several essays to World Film Locations: Tokyo (Intellect, 2011). Jon lives in San Francisco, but wishes he was back in Japan where he lived for seven years.

Episode 25: The Housemaid(s)

안녕하세요!  VCinema is donating $1 to the Japan Society of New York’s quake relief fund* for each download of this episode between 03/14/11 and 03/28/11.  If you wish to make a individual donation to their fund, then please read this.

Welcome to episode 25, recorded especially for the Korean Cinema Blogathon 2011!  In this special episode (aren’t they all special, though?!), Adam Hartzell from, the longest running English-language resource on Korean film, joins our review panel to discuss Kim Ki-Young’s The Housemaid (1960)- AVAILABLE FOR FREE VIEWING ON MUBI.COM (you’ll get the joke once you’ve listened to this episode…) as well as Im Sang-Soo’s 2010 reimagining.  We also diss on Park Chan-wook yet again, give our picks of films to watch this episode, and make a general nuisance of ourselves (as usual).  Enjoy!


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Related posts:

Red Light Revolution (China, 2010)
Champ (South Korea, 2011)
Nameless Gangster (South Korea, 2012) [NYAFF 2012]


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  3. meppi
    30 April, 2011

    Perhaps a bit late with this, but I wanted to grab the DVD of the original film and watch it before I listened to the podcast.

    Just heard you guys mention that the movies aren’t available on DVD, yet I was able to grab the Korean Digipack version of the restored film from one seller on ebay, who still has a couple of copies left as I write this.

    The movie was missing 2 reels and those have been replaced with a lower quality print to complete the film.
    So that’s the sad part.
    The good part is that the majority of the movie looks brilliant. 🙂

  4. […] On the podcast you’ve covered some interesting Korean titles on the show including the two Housemaid films, Oasis, Aimless Bullet, Barking Dogs Never Bite, The City of Violence, Champion and Public […]

    19 May, 2012

    wow this was a perfect episode .. i like it very much.. thanks for sharing

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