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Woman of Fire (화녀)

화녀 (hwa-nyeo)

Directed by Kim Ki-young (김기영)

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98min | Release date in South Korea :

Dong-sik and Myeong-ja are found dead near a poultry farm, with twelve stab wounds. The police, assuming that this is a robbery case, start investigation. One day Myeong-ja, comes to work for free at the farm, in order to marry well. Dong-sik, a songwriter, becomes close to Hye-suk who wants to be a singer. However Myeong-ja comes in between them, and gets pregnant with Dong-sik's child. When Dong-sik's wife Jeong-sook finds out about it, she forces her to have an abortion. Myeong-ja, in turn, poisons Dong-sik's son Chang-sun. Jeong-sook tries to kill Myeong-ja with rat poison, but is trapped by Myeong-ja and cornered.


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    • [Guest Film Review] "Woman of Fire" with Full Movie

      Kim Ki-young is considered one of the greatest Korean directors, particularly due to the 1960 film, "The Housemaid - 1960", which is considered by many the greatest achievement of Korean cinema. In "Woman of Fire", the second part of his "Housemaid Trilogy", Kim revisits the theme of the first film, adding a number of elements and a contemporary visual style, in an effort that earned him a Best Director Award from Blue Dragon,...More
    • [HanCinema's Classics] "Woman of Fire" (1971): Infestations of the Heart and Home

      Riddled with rats, reds, and psychosexual perversions, Kim Ki-young's "Woman of Fire" (1971) is disturbing classic of note. If home is where the heart is, the castle from which a man rules, then untested kings beware; for no walls are higher enough and no moat too toxic to prevent Kim's black-blooded and blackmailing femme fatales from scurrying in and chewing on the phallic foundations.  "Woman of Fire" is the second motion picture in Kim Ki-young's 'housemaid trilogy', an adulterous series of misfortunate sexapades that started with Kim's masterly "The Housemaid - 1960", was further fuelled by "Woman of Fire", and rekindled once more with "Woman of Fire '82" (1982). These incendiary time capsules are all variants and remakes of the same disastrous domestic scenario, celluloided celebrations of fantastical femme fatales that enter Korea's strawman's mansions and gnaw at the hibernating hamartia that resides. In these Trojan tropes, corruptible morality is explored through psychosexual themes of fantasy and desire, threats to the hearth brought about by the welcoming of a dormant sexual reactor into the nuclear family,...More
    • [HanCinema's Image Gallery] "Woman of Fire" (1971)

      A selection of shots from Kim Ki-young's 1971 classic: "Woman of Fire" Kim Ki-young is one of Korea's most iconic director and created what many critics believe to be Korea's greatest film: "The Housemaid - 1960". Kim would later return to the themes and images found in that masterly film, and produced two other very similar movies that would later be called his 'Housemaid trilogy'. The following gallery contains a selection of shots and comments from his second film in that trilogy: "Woman of Fire" (1971) - To Remember, Share, and Enjoy! [spoiler],...More

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