From the man who brought you Oldboy comes an erotic psychological thriller that will have you gripped.
The Handmaiden is a 2016 South Korean film directed by Park Chan-wook and starring Kim Min-hee, Ha Jung-woo, Cho Jin-woong and Kim Tae-ri in her feature debut.
The film is loosely based on the novel Fingersmith by Welsh writer Sarah Waters, with the setting changed from the Victorian era to 1930s Korea under Japanese colonial rule.
The titular maid in question is a woman named Sook-hee (Tae-ri) who has been hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress (Min-hee), but who is secretly involved in a plot to defraud her of her inheritance.
The film is powered by remarkable performances from it’s lead actors, borrowing the most dynamic elements of its source material, which, combined with Chan-wook’s incredible vision and energy, creates an unforgettable viewing experience.
The Handmaiden is a gripping and sensual tale, as well as a disturbing fable of love and betrayal that overloads the viewer with luxurious imagery.
It’s beautiful, sexual, occasionally perverse and horrifically violent.
Unsurprisingly, The Handmaiden received substantial critical acclaim upon it’s release. The film was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
Watch the official trailer for The Handmaiden HERE: