Release dateFebruary 25, 1984 (1984-02-25) Initial releaseFebruary 25, 1984 (South Korea) CastWon Mi-kyung (Gillye), Shin Il-Ryong (Yun-bo), Jeong-suk Moon, Moon Mi-bong, Yeong-Ryong Shin Similar moviesWon Mi-kyung appears in The Wheel and Adultery Tree
Mulleya Mulleya (Hangul: 여인 잔혹사 물레야 물레야; RR: Yeo-in Janhoksa Mulle-ya Mulle-ya ; also known as Spinning the Tales of Cruelty Towards Women), is a 1984 South Korean film directed by Lee Doo-yong. It was chosen as Best Film at the Grand Bell Awards. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section of the 1984 Cannes Film Festival. The film was also selected as the South Korean entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 57th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.
A historical drama about the life of a widow. 15th century life was sometimes cruel to Korean women and this story depicts a lot of the injustices that could occur as happening to Kil-Rye, the heroine.
Won Mi-kyung: Gillye
Shin Il-ryong: Yun-bo
Moon Jung-suk: Mother
Choe Sung-kwan: Father
Comment on contemporary reactions to this film: There was a great deal of controversy in the Korean media when this film came out, saying that this work did not represent Korea well. Some objected to the shade of the lead actress' skin, saying that she looked too dark for a Korean. Whiteness of skin was and is still considered important among many in Korea.
Others scoffed that it was unlikely that all of the injustices depicted could have happened to one woman. However, it is a vivid and visually spectacular depiction of the struggles many women went through in that time period.
The film also polarized audiences and stirred controversy when it was shown at the East-West Center and the Fifth International Film Festival in Honolulu.