My Mother and Her Guest
My Mother and Her Guest
Theatrical poster to My Mother and Her Guest
Director Shin Sang-ok[1]
Producer Shin Sang-ok
Planner Hwang Nam
Screenplay Lim Hee-Jae
Based on Joo Yo-Seob
Art director Gang Seong-beom
Music Jeong Yoon-joo
Cinematographer Choe Su-yeong
Editor Yang Seong-ran
Lighting Lee Gye-chang
Production studio Shin Films
Released August 26, 1961
Running time 102 min.
Budget approx. KRW 38,000,000
Debut theatre Myeongbo
Attendance 150,000
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My Mother and Her Guest (사랑방 손님과 어머니 - Sarangbang sonnimgwa eomeoni) is a 1961 film directed by Shin Sang-ok.[1]


A young widow lives with her daughter and mother-in-law in the Korean countryside. A painter from Seoul, who was a friend of the widow's husband, comes to stay. The painter and the widow develop romantic feelings for each other, and her daughter likes the man as well. Societal restrictions prevent the relationship to develop.[1]

Critical ReceptionEdit

Reviewing the film at the Venice Film Festival, Variety was generally positive, if not overly-enthusiastic. The child-acting was judged "beguiling",[2] and the Korean Ministry of Culture and Information agreed by giving Jeon Young-sun, who plays the young daughter in the film, a "Special Encouragement Prize" at the first Grand Bell Awards.[1] Variety approved of the film's technical aspects, and surmised that this was an indication of a growing film industry in Korea. However the review judged that the film's interest was mainly for Korean domestic audiences, and that it ultimately did not "possess that extra insight or dramatic plus for any art chances abroad."[2]


Awards and NominationsEdit

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "사랑방 손님과 어머니" (in Korean). Korean Movie Database. Retrieved 2011-07-09.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mosk. (1962-09-05). "Sarang Bang Sonnim Omoni" in Variety.
  3. "Awards for My Mother and Her Guest (1961)" at IMDb