Synopsis

1930s Korea, in the period of Japanese occupation, a new girl (Sookee) is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress (Hideko) who lives a secluded life on a large countryside estate with her domineering Uncle (Kouzuki). But the maid has a secret. She is a pickpocket recruited by a swindler posing as a Japanese Count to help seduce the Lady to elope from 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.

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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: ART200BD

Awards

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



In cinemas from 14 April

GENRE: Drama, Romance, Thriller

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


  • “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


  • “This is consummate filmmaking with all the performances pitch perfect and all departments delivering the goods. It's also crazy fun”

    John Bleasdale, CineVue

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