The Handmaiden

February 3, 2017 - Comment

From PARK Chan-wook, the celebrated director of OLDBOY, LADY VENGEANCE and STOKER, comes a ravishing new crime drama. PARK presents a gripping and sensual tale of two women – a young Japanese Lady living on a secluded estate, and a Korean woman who is hired to serve as her new handmaiden, but is secretly plotting

From PARK Chan-wook, the celebrated director of OLDBOY, LADY VENGEANCE and STOKER, comes a ravishing new crime drama. PARK presents a gripping and sensual tale of two women – a young Japanese Lady living on a secluded estate, and a Korean woman who is hired to serve as her new handmaiden, but is secretly plotting with a conman to defraud her of a large inheritance. Inspired by the novel Fingersmith by British author Sarah Waters, 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.

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Gwenn Jester says:

There are few I would recommend this movie to Not for everyone. There are few I would recommend this movie to. That said I did give it 5 stars because it was beautifully made and held my complete attention for its length. I like Korean movies and have appreciated this directors movies in particular. I think Korean movies are gritty, to the point and unabashed while most Americans are timid viewers. Like the novel it was based on this film points to the troubled and lonely sexuality of many men. The erotic scenes with the two women might…

Paul Allaer says:

4.5 stars… “A story is all about the journey” “The Handmaiden” (2016 release from South Korea; 145 min.) brings the tale of a young maid in Japan-occupied Korea, As the movie opens, we see Sook-hee leave her family behind to start working as the maid to rich and beautiful Lady Hideko. It’s not long before we understand that in fact Sook-hee is there by design, as part of a plot involving a (fake) Count Fujiwara. Sook-hee must convince Lady Hideko to like and marry Fujiwara. But are things really what they look to be? At this point…

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