Directed by: Park Chan-wook
Cast: Min-hee Kim, Tai-ri Kim, Jung-woo Ha and So-ri Moon
South Korea / 2016 / Drama/Thriller / 18A for coarse language, sexual content, graphic violence. Not suitable for sensitive or young viewers / Language: Korean/Japanese/English subtitles / 145 min.
“The Handmaiden is just pure cinema, a dizzying, disturbing fable of love and betrayal that piles on luxurious imagery, while never losing track of its story’s human core.” – David Sims, The Atlantic
“Chan-wook Park’s The Handmaiden is deliciously perverse, delightfully twisty, and unapologetically erotic.” – James Bearardinelli, Reel Views
From Park Chan-wook, the celebrated director of Oldboy, Lady Vengeance and Stoker, comes a ravishing new crime drama. Park presents a gripping and sensual tale of two women: a young Japanese Lady living on a secluded estate, and a Korean woman who is hired to serve as her new handmaiden, but is secretly plotting with a conman to defraud her of a large inheritance.
Inspired by the novel Fingersmith by British author Sarah Waters, The Handmaiden borrows the most dynamic elements of its source material and combines it with Park Chan-wook’s singular vision to create an unforgettable viewing experience.
WON – Best Non-English Language Film, Alliance of Women Film Journalists, 2017
WON – Best Supporting Actress (So-ri Moon), Best Newcomer (Tae-ri Kim),
Best Costume Designer, Best Production Designer, Asian Film Awards, 2017
WON – Best Foreign Film, Austin Film Critics Association, 2016
WON – Foreign Language Film of the Year, Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA), 2017
WON – Best Foreign Language Film, New York Film Critics, Online, 2016
WON – Best Foreign Film by or About Women, Women Film Critics Circle Awards, 2016