Skip to main content


South Korea, 1965 (MIFF 1966, Programme 8)

Director: Sang-ok Shin

The story of Samyong, the poor, mute farmer, at the mercy of Kwangsik, the spoilt son of a rich family, is set at the beginning of the century. Conditions prevailing at that time in rural Korea relegated the poor to subservience, and Samyong, conditioned to accept his place in the order of things, puts up with all the indignities and cruelties inflicted upon him. The miserable dumb man has but one source of happiness: his adoration for Kwangsik's wife, and in a poetic scene he even dreams he can talk with her. . .

This is a charming and entertaining film. In its delicate observation of the servant's love for his employer's wife, the director reveals himself a romantic, but he handles the story with honesty and restraint. When the action bursts into violence, audiences may be dismayed by the rigour of the physical cruelties depicted but in the end one is left with a final impression of an oriental folk-tale seen from a distance; wistful in attitude, composed of half-fancy and half-truth.

See also...


In an isolated town, a lonely family lives in the so-called "widow's house". The family consists of Madam Chung-sook, Okhee, her six-year-old daughter, Okhee's grandmother, and the house-maid ... More »

The Lieutenant

An analysis of the hero-worship of a small boy that evokes unerringly the fears and adulations of childhood. ... Jury Prize, Oberhausen Festival. ... More »


The action of the film takes place during two summers and a winter. Keve is a film director whose relationship with his wife is deteriorating, and for a while he finds peace in the arms of another's ... More »

Games and Pastimes

The film shows the traditional way in which the rural people of Malaya relax after the day's work and how they go about their sports and pastimes. ... More »


This portrayal of the life of a famous man who abandoned the certainty of a distinguished career to become a medical missionary in French Equatorial Africa opens with scenes from his boyhood and ... More »


This impression of the B.B.C. at work covers a 24 hour period: from the last news bulletin at midnight to an experimental colour television test just after midnight on the following night. News ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director