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THE HANDMAIDEN

THE HANDMAIDEN

  • Directed by Park Chan-Wook
  • Starring Min-hee Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-woong Jo
  • Director's Cut
  • 2016 | 168mins | South Korea | rated (18)

From Park Chan–wook, the visionary director of Oldboy and Stoker, comes The Handmaiden, a sumptuous and exhilarating period thriller inspired by Sarah Waters’ best–selling novel Fingersmith.


Set during the Japanese occupation of Korea in the 1930s, a young handmaiden named Sookee is hired by Hideko, a reclusive heiress who lives in a sprawling mansion under the watchful eye of her domineering Uncle Kouzuki.  But Sookee harbours a secret – she has been recruited by Fujiwara, a scheming con artist posing as a Japanese Count, to trick Hideko into entrusting him with her fortune. However, when Sookee and Hideko begin to develop unexpected emotions for each other, they start putting together a plan of their own...


With breathtaking visuals, grandiose set–design and frenzied humour, The Handmaiden is one of the year’s most anticipated films; an opulent and labyrinthine tale of decyption, romance and triple–crossing that marks a career high for one of modern cinema’s most thrilling auteurs.