The Handmaiden

The Handmaiden

The Handmaiden

A cunning plan goes awry in this romantic thriller from director Park Chan-wook (Oldboy). A pickpocket posing as the new maid of an heiress falls into an erotic relationship with her, derailing a conman's elaborate plan to rob her blind. In competition for the Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival 2016.

"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 him seduce the Lady to elope with 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." (Cannes Film Festival)

2016Rating: R16, Violence, offensive language and sex scenes144 minsSouth KoreaKorean and Japanese with English subtitles
DramaThrillerRomanceWorld CinemaFestival & Independent

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The Handmaiden / Reviews

Variety

Variety

It’s sybaritic, cruel and luridly mesmerizing.

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Time Out

Time Out

Mostly, this is smart, sumptuous and wonderfully indulgent.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

Shifts from being a lascivious slice of art-house delirium to a gruelling, dislikable contraption which meretriciously sells out its source material.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

The impotency of the male characters helps to counter this while the sex scenes themselves, as lovingly shot as they might be, feel vital to the narrative.

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Stuff

Stuff

A haunting, beguiling and rousing drama that is not for the faint-hearted or prudish.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

An amusingly kinky erotic thriller and love story that brims with delicious surprises, making its two-and-a-half hours fly by.

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