The Handmaiden

The Handmaiden
  • 2016
  • Korea
  • 144 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Park Chan-Wook
  • Cast: Kim Tae-Ri, Kim Min-Hee, Ha Jung-Woo, Jo Jin-Woong
  • Language: Korean, Japanese
  • UK release: 17 February 2016

Thief Sook-Hee (Tae-ri) is hired to pose as a maid to wealthy heiress Hideko (Min-hee) as part of a con trick, but then maid and heiress discover mutual passion. This loose adaptation of Sarah Waters's Fingersmith is bravura filmmaking, but while the emotion between the two women is vibrant, an extended sex scene is exploitative, and the plot is too convoluted.

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The Handmaiden

10 Oct 20163 stars

LFF 2016: Park Chan-wook adapts Sarah Waters's sapphic thriller with mixed results

Park Chan-wook follows up his exceptional 2013 English-language debut Stoker with a return to his native Korea for this loose adaptation of Sarah Waters's novel Fingersmith. Infusing the sapphic intrigue of Waters's story with his own inimitable style…

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