★★★★ 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.