Adada (1989)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 120 min.  |   Countries - South Korea  |  
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Adada (Shin Hye-Soo) is the deaf-mute country girl whose family gives her in marriage to a seemingly nice young man. After several happy years of marriage, the husband develops a penchant for booze and whores in a nearby town. He leaves without saying goodbye and returns a rich man with a new wife and a taste for things he has experienced in the West. The callous husband kicks his wife out of the house, but her sympathetic in-laws are powerless to prevent her departure. Bound by ancient custom, her own family fears being disgraced if they take her back. Adada finds love again with a poor peasant from her own village, but she is doomed when he too develops a lust for money. The feature illustrates the ancient feudal system of Japanese-controlled Korea that still existed in the 1920s.

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abandonment, alcoholism, bigamy, deafness, love, lust, marriage, marriage-arranged, mute, obsession