February 19, 2020
The mistress of a gangster is scarred and tossed aside after she's raped by one of his henchmen. Only she's not going down without a fight.
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Yeon-shil (Moon Jung-suk), the loyal wife of criminal gang leader Dong-il (Jang Dong-he), lives in fear that her husband will discover she'd once been raped—by one of his trusted henchmen, Man-ho (Chae Rang). Man-ho, a degenerate drug addict, not only blackmails her for money and sexual favors, he assaults Yeon-shil again—a revelation which leads, in the misogynist "logic" of the underworld, to her being disfigured and abandoned to a life of prostitution. The fall of black hair across her beautiful face hides her scars of shame. But as the disgraced Yeon-shil displays resilience in the face of her abasement, Dong-il's guilty conscious threatens to upend his gangster-style code of "honor." While adopting a non-judgmental attitude toward its flawed denizens, the film today plays as a scathing indictment of bogus male codes of behavior, a "Me Too" horror story from early 1960s. Set entirely in the nocturnal margins of Seoul; its rain-drenched streets, nightclubs, basements, and squalid cribs are masterfully captured by cinematographer Seo Jeong-min in black-and-white Cinemascope, making this is the most purely noir film ever made in Korea. Featuring a compelling performance by Moon Jung-suk, who would marry the director.
- Original Language Title: Geomeun Meori
- Director: Lee Man-hui
- Principal Cast: Moon Jeong-suk, Jang Dong-he, Chae Rang, Lee Dae-yeob, Dok Ko-seong, Lee Hae-ryong
- Country: South Korea
- Year: 1964
- Running Time: 105 minutes
- Producer: Tae-shik Ahn
- Screenplay: Han Woo-jeong
- Cinematographers: Seo Jeong-min
- Language: Korean
- Has Subtitles: Yes