The Handmaiden

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The Handmaiden
Park Chan-wook
Min-hee Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-woong Jo

From Park Chan-wook, the celebrated director of Oldbody, Lady Vengeance and Stoker, comes a ravishing new crime drama. The Handmaiden presents a gripping and sensual tale of two women in 1930s Korea, the period of Japanese occupation. A new girl is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress who lives a secluded life on a large countryside estate with her domineering Uncle. But the maid has a secret. She is a pickpocket recruited by a swindler posing as a Japanese Count to help him seduce the Lady to elope with him, rob her of her fortune, and lock her up in a madhouse. The plan seems to proceed accordingly until the two women discover some unexpected emotions. Inspired by the novel Fingersmith by British author Sarah Water, The Handmaiden borrows the most dynamic elements of its source material and combines it with Park Chan-wook’s singular vision to create an unforgettable viewing experience.

“Elegantly depraved and immaculately degenerate, Park Chan Wook’s The Handmaiden is an astonishment. The filmmaking is masterful, very near to Hitchcock in its sly, controlled teasing of the audience. The material combines Gothic fiction, Victorian repression, Sadean kink, and Nabokovian mind games to emerge as a genuinely erotic piece of cinema, too playful to be dangerous but too lethally sensual to dismiss.” (Boston Globe) In Korean & Japanese.


DCP 'Scope color
2 hours 24 minutes
release year/country
2016 South Korea