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Madame Aema

Poster to Madame Aema (1982)
Hangul 애마부인
Hanja 愛麻婦人
Directed by Jeong In-yeob[1]
Produced by Choi Chun-ji
Written by Lee Mun-woong
Starring Ahn So-young
Lim Dong-jin
Music by Shin Pyong-ha
Cinematography Lee Seok-gi
Editing by Kim Hui-su
Distributed by Yeonbang Movies
Release date(s) February 6, 1982
Running time 102 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Admissions 315,738[2]
Followed by Madame Aema 2

Madame Aema (애마부인 - Aema buin), aka Mrs. Emma, is a 1982 South Korean film. A box-office hit, it was one of only two films to sell more than 100,000 tickets in Seoul during the year of 1982.[3]



While her husband is in prison, Oh Su-bi engages in extramarital affairs. As she is preparing to leave for France with one of her lovers, her husband is released, and she returns to him.[4]


  • Ahn So-young: Madame Aema (Oh Su-bi)[4]
  • Lim Dong-jin: Aema's husband (Shin Hyun-wu)
  • Hah Myung-joong
  • Ha Jae-young
  • Kim Jin-kyu
  • Jeon Shook
  • Kim Ae-kyung
  • Kim Seon-hui
  • Moon Tai-sun
  • Kim Min-gyu


Madame Aema was the first erotic film to be made after South Korea's government began relaxing its control of the film industry. The government's only interference was to change the Chinese characters used in the film's title. The government censors insisted that the characters in the title be changed from "愛馬婦人" (lit. Horse-Loving Lady) to "愛麻婦人" (lit. Hemp-Loving Lady). Both versions of the title are pronounced, "Aema Buin", a hint at the French film Emmanuelle (1974), which had been popular in Korea.[5][6] The most sexually explicit South Korean film made up to its time, Madame Aema's success ushered in an era of similar erotic films during the 1980s, such as director Lee Doo-yong's Mulberry (1986). The film inspired at least 10 sequels, making it the longest-running series in the history of Korean cinema.[5]



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