Madam Freedom

May 25, 2006 at 6:30 PM

Korean Cultural Service NY

Hyung-mo Han, Drama


Based on the same titled novel written by Bee-suk Jung, Madame Freedom is the first successful modern drama film in Korea, and one of the most controversial films at that time-- in the 1950s-- due to its intimate scenes. A professor's wife, Madame Oh, falls into a craze for dancing and breaks up her family, while her husband, professor Jang, falls for his student. This film focuses on the ethics of healthy monogamy and family relationship. Technical achievements of Madame Freedom were extraordinary for a black and white film. Director Hyung-mo Han was well known for his interest in film technology and his pursuit of perfection on the set. Director Han, whose visions were ahead of his time, understood the potential of Korean films to break grounds on social issues. 

 

Miro Yoon