A melodrama which was the highest grossing local film during the 60s. Hye-Young(played by Moon Hee), a teacher who works at a kindergarten in Seoul falls in love with a married man played by Shin Young-Kyun. The entrance of the man’s wife discourages Hye-Young from pursuing her relationship with her lover. She brings up their son on her own until he reaches the age to enter school. She decides to send her child to his father, and the film becomes a tearjerker that tells a tale of separation and yearning. The male-female, mother-son drama which unfolds in this film is based upon a femininity and female social status caught between tradition and modernity, patriarchy and independence. Despite the fact that Hye-Young has a job and a liberal mind which enables her to pursue both love and passion, she ultimately succumbs to ideology and the idea of family. At the same time, though, this film reveals the fallacy of the happy family, by suggesting how weak the grounds of the nuclear family can be, and therefore, how it carries a fundamental anxiety, and insecurity amongst the façade of peacefulness.
Furthermore, as the film attempts to move away from the dichotomy of good vs. evil, the victim vs. the offender, it establishes itself as a text in which rich discussions on the female psyche and the social status of the woman can take place by providing a wider range of identification for the female audience. (Joo You-Shin)
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"Born in Seoul in 1928, Jeong So-Yong is considered a master of 1960s Korean melodrama. Before making his debut with Live for Me(1967), he worked in the TV industry as a drama producer.