Thank you for sharing! Been bugging everyone I know about something like this… do you have any other suggests for how to see older Korean films with subtitles? Or at all?
Finding older Korean films with English subtitles can be a chore, but in recent years the Korean Film Archive and others have been remastering and releasing DVD collections of classic films. Kim Ki-young’s The Housemaid was available free online at mubi.com, but now seems to have disappeared from their collection (though is available on DVD thanks to KOFA).
You can visit the KOFA library and watch Korean films there, you can head down to Hot Tracks and pay full whack for some fantastic new releases or you can spend your days at the Yongsan Electronics market in dusty old DVD stores hunting through piles of films that did not sell well on first release and have been stuck in the remainder bin. My favourite haunt used to be at the Tokkaebi market down at Cheongyecheon, crumbling old buildings with hidden video and DVD caverns filled with astonishing collections of Korean films. Thanks to the gentrification of the area those shops are long gone, but you sometimes see their smaller, poorer cousins in underground shopping streets dotted around Northern Seoul.
Films do pop up online occasionally (and can be found through various nefarious means), but there’s no guarantee they will hang about for long.
One last bastion of hope is the Korea Foundation, their classic film season is almost over, but you can still catch a couple of movies in the next month. There may be other ways to get your classic Korean film fix, but hopefully this will be a good starting point.