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HONG KONG — Palme d’Or winning actress Jeon Do-yeon will head the cast of “The Housemaid,” a high profile remake of one of the best-known Korean films of all time.
Im Sang-soo (“The President’s Last Bang,” “A Good Lawyer’s Wife”) directs the chiller starting in December, with delivery scheduled for May 2010. Production and international sales are by Korean independent Mirovision.
Made by Kim Ki-young in 1960, the original film took advantage of a brief relaxation in government control of the industry and was an experiment in expressionism that involved murder, suicide, adultery and extreme paranoia.
In the new $4 million version by Im, Jeon plays a sexually predatory femme fatale who moves in with a composer and his wife and begins a ruinous affair.
Jeon, who has collected major awards for many of her film outings, was named best actress in Cannes two years ago for her harrowing role as a widow in Lee Chang-dong’s “Secret Sunshine.”
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