The Handmaiden

Feature Film | KR 2016 | 145‘| Corean OV with English subs

An exquisite erotic thriller by OLDBOY-director Park Chan-wook, based on the crime novel FINGER-SMITH by Sarah Waters published in 2002. The Korean filmmaker changes the scene from Victorian England to East Asia in the 1930s. Sookee, a young Korean woman, is hired as a house maid by the wealthy Japanese heiress Hideko. However, her intentions are anything but honorable: she is a professional thief, dispatched by dandyish master con man The Count who hopes to scam Hideko out of her inheritance. However, Sookee becomes very close to her principal at first. With that, a criminal and erotic game commences. Told from different perspectives and in three acts, nothing is as it seems in the beginning, and nobody is innocent. Exhibiting technical brilliance and great stylistic ambition to tell this complex story, Park clearly enjoys his work, particularly the staging of the sometimes quite eccentric sex scenes.

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Director
Park Chan-wook
Cast
Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri, Ha Jung-woo, Cho Jin-woong, Kim Hae-sook, Moon So-ri
Script
Chung Seo-kyung, Park Chan-wook
Producers
Lim Syd, Park Chan-wook
Executive Producer
Lee Miky
Photography
Chung Chung-hoon
Sound
Cho Young-wuk
Costumes
Cho Sang-kyung
Production Design
Ryu Seong-hee

Intern. sales

Magnolia Pictures
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USA

Domestic sales

Koch Films GmbH
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Selected filmography Park Chan-wook

SYMPATHY FOR MR.VENGEANCE (2002), OLDBOY (2003), LADY VENGEANCE (2005), STOKER (2013), A ROSE REBORN (2014)