Synopsis

From the visionary director Park Chan-wook (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 (Kim Tae-ri) is hired by Hideko (Kim Min-hee), a reclusive heiress who lives in a sprawling mansion under the watchful eye of her domineering Uncle Kouzuki (Cho Jin-woong). But Sookee harbours a secret: she has been recruited by Fujiwara (Ha Jung-woo), 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 deception, romance and triple-crossing that marks a career high for one of modern cinema’s most thrilling auteurs.

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Director

Park Chan-wook

Cast

Kim Min-hee: Lady Hideko Kim Tae-ri: Sookee Ha Jung-woo: The Count Cho Jin-woong: Kouzuki Kim Hae-sook: Mrs. Sasaki Moon So-ri: Hideko's aunt


Crew

Park Chan-wook: Director / writer / producer Miky Lee: Executive producer Chung Seo-kyung: Writer Syd Lim: Producer Chung Chung-hoon: Director of Photography Ruy Seong-hee: Production Designer Kim Sang-bum: Editor #1 Kim Jae-bum: Editor #2 Cho Yung-wuk: Music by Cho Sang-kyung: Costume Designer

Details

Original title: Agassi Production year: 2016 Inspired by the novel 'Fingersmith' by Sarah Waters DVD catalogue number: ART811DVD Blu-ray catalogue number: ART215BD Special Edition Blu-ray catalogue number: ART216BD

Awards

Official competition, Cannes 2016
Six-time 2017 Asian Film Awards nominee, including Best Screenplay



In cinemas from 14 April

Out on DVD, Blu-ray & on demand from 7 August

GENRE: Drama, Romance, Thriller

CERTIFICATE: 18

DIRECTOR: Park Chan-wook

CAST:
Kim Min-hee: Lady Hideko
Kim Tae-ri: Sookee
Ha Jung-woo: The Count
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CREW:
Park Chan-wook: Director / writer / producer
Miky Lee: Executive producer
Chung Seo-kyung: Writer
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DURATION: 145 Mins

AWARDS:
Official competition, Cannes 2016
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Reviews


  • “Elegant, intensely romantic... The cinematic equivalent of drinking three glasses of champagne in the bath”

    Tom Huddleston, Time Out


  • “At once a superlative thriller and a deeply erotic character study, but it's the intelligence, mordant wit and depth of characterisation that are the real turn-ons”

    Andrew Lowry, Empire


  • “Exquisitely designed and sexually liberating, this is a hugely entertaining thriller”

    Benjamin Lee, The Guardian


  • “A lush, romantic, crowd-pleasing melodrama”

    David Edelstein, Vulture


  • “Park Chan-Wook surpasses all expectations with his sublime film”

    Jasmin Valjas, The Upcoming


  • “a hugely enjoyable dose of grotesque escapism from a master of the form”

    Eric Kohn, IndieWire

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The Handmaiden Director's Cut tour

In select cinemas nationwide from 16 March

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