Madame Freedom (자유부인) (1956) | Faces of the Korean Woman


3 tickets: $20 || 5 tickets: $30
(U.P. $10 per ticket)

The bundle ticket packages are available for purchase only at Oldham Theatre’s Box Office. The box office will be open one hour before the earliest showtime of the day on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Madame Freedom (자유부인) (1956)

Director: Han Hyeong Mo
Runtime: 125 minutes
Country: South Korea
Language: Korean with English subtitles
Rating: PG

16 October, Wednesday - 8PM

Exploiting Korea’s ambivalence towards modernization, this ’50s hit presents two parallel narratives, each involving part of the same couple: the “virtuous” husband―flattering tradition―is a professor who engages in schmaltzy romance with a student, but triumphantly maintains family honour; the wife―object of fascination―is initiated into “decadent” consumerism and “Western” morals, with eventual ruin and repentance. But, for much of its runtime, the film revels in its heroine’s journey, the husband a weak contrast to keep audiences morally secure. As she finds employment, discovering a glitzy world of nightclubs and dancehalls, the film’s true response to tradition appears: “We need to be economically independent to avoid the tyranny of our husbands. Should I be like you, not even know how to dance?”

To Note:
- All film screenings are held at Oldham Theatre, National Archives of Singapore.
- Tickets can be purchased at the Oldham Theatre Box Office. The box office will be open one hour before the earliest showtime of the day on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
- Concession tickets apply to Students (Local & Overseas), Full-time National Servicemen (NSF), and Senior Citizens (55 years old and above) only.
- Please check the film rating before purchase of tickets. Please note that you may be asked to present your ID at the door (this applies to concession tickets as well).



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About Faces of the Korean Woman
6 Oct - 17 Nov | Oldham Theatre

To commemorate 100 years of Korean cinema in 2019, the Asian Film Archive presents Faces of the Korean Woman, a film programme that explores the multi-faceted portrayal of women throughout Korean film history from the 1930s to the 2010s.

As the figure of the Korean woman moves through tumultuous periods of Korean history―from the Joseon Dynasty, to the Park Chung-hee era, up to the contemporary times of neoliberalism―we see various interpretations of girlhood and womanhood manifested on screen, albeit through a predominantly male-oriented lens. They oscillate between the virtuous and the vampish, the pitiful and the horrific, the subjugated and the fiercely independent.

Featuring historically important early classics, popular genre films and critically acclaimed works by iconic male and female Korean directors, the programme’s 24 female character-driven films offer a retrospective view on female representation in Korean cinema, and open up new perspectives through the restoration of their faces within the cinematic imaginary.

Supported by the Korean Film Archive (KOFA)

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Wed Oct 16, 2019
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM SGT
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