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The Handmaiden (2016)

R | 2h 25min | 8/10 | #Drama #Thriller #Romance

Parental Rating: R (Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian)


 
 

STORYLINE:

The Handmaiden (2016) is a captivating tale set in 1930s Korea, during the Japanese occupation. The story follows a young pickpocket named Sook-hee, who is hired by a conman to become the handmaiden to a wealthy Japanese heiress, Lady Hideko. The conman, posing as a Japanese Count, plans to seduce Lady Hideko, marry her, and commit her to an asylum to steal her fortune. However, unexpected emotions and secrets unravel as Sook-hee and Lady Hideko develop a complicated relationship, leading to twists and turns that challenge their loyalties and reveal deeper truths.


STAFF REVIEW:

The Handmaiden (2016) is a visually stunning and intricately plotted film directed by Park Chan-wook. Adapted from Sarah Waters' novel Fingersmith, the film masterfully blends elements of drama, thriller, and romance to create a unique cinematic experience. The performances by Kim Min-hee (Lady Hideko) and Kim Tae-ri (Sook-hee) are mesmerizing, bringing depth and complexity to their characters. The film's lush cinematography, meticulous attention to period detail, and evocative score by Jo Yeong-wook enhance the storytelling. The Handmaiden is a bold and provocative exploration of love, betrayal, and empowerment, solidifying Park Chan-wook's reputation as a visionary filmmaker.


CREDITS:

Director: 

- Park Chan-wook

Writers:

- Park Chan-wook

- Chung Seo-kyung

Starring:

- Kim Min-hee as Lady Hideko

- Kim Tae-ri as Sook-hee

- Ha Jung-woo as Count Fujiwara

- Cho Jin-woong as Uncle Kouzuki

Produced by:

- Syd Lim

- Park Chan-wook

Production Companies:

- Moho Film

- Yong Film

Cinematography: Chung Chung-hoon

Edited by: 

- Kim Sang-bum

- Kim Jae-bum

Music by: Jo Yeong-wook

Distributed by: CJ Entertainment

Release date: June 1, 2016

Run Time: 2h 25min

Country: South Korea

Languages: 

- Korean

- Japanese

Budget: $8.8 million

Box office: $37.8 million


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