The Surrogate Woman

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The Surrogate Woman
Theatrical poster to The Surrogate Woman
Revised RomanizationSibaji
Directed byIm Kwon-taek
Produced byJeong Do-hwan
StarringKang Soo-yeon
Lee Gu-sun
Yun Yang-ha
CinematographyKu Jung-mo
Edited byPark Sun-duk
Music byShin Pyong-ha
Distributed byShin Han Films
Release date
  • 21 March 1987 (1987-03-21)
Running time
100 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
Box office$2,034[1]

The Surrogate Woman (

Joseon Dynasty

The film won multiple accolades at the 1987 Asian Film Festival, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress. Lead actress

surrogate mother, for which she won Best Actress at the 1987 Venice Film Festival.[2]


Shin, a nobleman, has been trying to conceive a male heir to continue his family name. Unable to provide a male heir, Shin's wife gives her husband permission to search for a surrogate wife to bear a male

heir. On the way to finding a surrogate wife, Shin runs into a 17-year-old girl, Ok-nyo (Kang Soo-yeon). She is a poor, but feisty, girl who states that she will do anything for money. The stubborn nature of Ok-nyo attracts Shin and influences him to choose her to become the mother of his child. Ok-nyo holds the social status
of a servant, but the relationship changes both of them through the course of the movie. Ok-nyo has to obey rules which keep her hidden during the day and delegates her to perform the mating ritual during Shins wife's hours of choosing. No matter what is happening, Ok-nyo can not leave the building in which she is housed. With Shin's infatuation and Ok-nyo's attachment, both secretly meet for passionate affairs. Unfortunately both eventually get caught, which causes their separation. Ok-nyo's mother tries to dissuade her, and to break off the relationship, by telling her the realities of life. Even though both are punished for the infraction, they still continue to meet. Eventually Ok-nyo conceives an heir for Shin, but is burdened with not knowing whether Shin will stay by her side or leave with her child forever.


The film inspired 1989 Malayalam film Dasharatham.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "The Surrogate Womb (1987)". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Im Kwon-taek's Retrospective". 5th Festival of Korean Cinema in Italy. Archived from the original on 7 December 2007. Retrieved 31 October 2007.

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