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The Handmaiden

144 mins
2017
BBFC 18

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★★★★ An erotic thriller that prioritises female sexuality, and exquisite set design, to intoxicating effect.

Benjamin Lee, The Guardian

Inspired by Sarah Waters' best-selling novel ‘Fingersmith’, Park Chan-wook's The Handmaiden is sumptuous, exhilarating, sexy and full of suspense. Set in 1930s Korea, in 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 according to plan until Sookee and Hideko discover some unexpected emotions.


Starring:
Min-hee Kim, Tae Ri Kim
Director:
Park Chan-wook
Language:
Korean / Japanese
Country:
South Korea