Previously at the ICA - Films
10 Nov 2010
A historically based, erotic comedy from the writer of Untold Scandal sees Bang-ja a servant of a noble man, Mong-lyong, who falls in love with a woman named Choon-hyang. The problem is Mong-lyong also falls in love with her and orders Bang-ja to arrange an encounter between them. Bang-ja seeks out the advice of his elderly roommate Ma who teaches him the art of seduction. Bang-ja does win over Choon-hyang but with one condition, he has to help her marry Mong-lyong.
Dealing with class divide and sex during Korea’s Joseon Dynasty Era whilst maintaining a wry smile seems to be the director’s, Kim Dae-woo’s, speciality. He has previously written a string of similar but still unique films, Untold Scandal, Forbidden Quest and An Affair to name but a few. The Servant is in the same vein as his previous work but it can be clearly seen that Kim Dae-woo has honed his craft to a fine art.
Dir Kim Dae-woo, S.Korea, 2010, 35mm, 124 mins