Directed by Gwon Yeong-sun (권영순)
Screenplay by Choi Keum-dong (최금동)124min | Release date in South Korea : 1960/12/17
Kang Hyeon-hee (Moon Jung-suk), who takes care of her illegitimate daughter (Jeon Young-sun) and her mother (Hwang Jung-soon), makes a living by managing a dabang (cafe) called Madonna. Hyeon-hee experiences difficulties in life, but tries not to lose her dignity. However, it is not easy, for the fact that she runs a dabang and has an illegitimate child is enough for people to treat her with disdain. Gang Hyeon-hee falls in love with one of her customers, an editorial writer named Lee Sang-hyeon (Kim Jin-kyu). However, he happens to already be married to her college schoolmate. On the other hand, a frequent customer to 'Madonna,' the young poet Min-oo (Choi Moo-ryong), is attracted to Hyeon-hee, but when she does not accept him he becomes drunk and behaves badly. An employee of the dabang, Kwang-hee (Um Aing-ran), likes Min-woo and spends the night with him, but as he does not accept her love she becomes devastated. Refusing Hyeon-hee's help, she sells her body to a stranger in the street, loses her mind, and commits suicide. Hyeon-hee is conflicted between love and morality, but continues to love Sang-hyeon. The day he leaves on a business trip to the U.S., Hyeon-hee overhears the conversation of one of her customers, Choi Yeong-cheol (Heo Jang-kang), who is talking about his plans to sell her to a foreigner. Furious, she throws a vase at Yeong-cheol, accidentally killing him. Gravely ill, Hyeon-hee is released on bail, and goes to an isolated island with Sang-hyeon.
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