The Handmaiden – Dir Chan-wook Park

Cast: Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri, Ha Jung-woo, Cho Jin-woong, Kim Hae-sook, Moon So-ri

Based on Sarah Waters’ novel Fingersmith, this is a Victorian tongue in cheek thriller-romance, set in Korea. Yes, Korea. Told in three parts, with time shifts to keep you guessing, it’s a quirky, eye-popping fun ride.

The sets and  cinematography are absolutely stunning and the music is perfect.  The casting is excellent, especially the two main girls who are absolutely gorgeous.  The erotic scenes, plot lines and violence won’t be everyone’s cup of tea.  If you’ve never seen any of Park’s films before, they are hard to describe and this is one of his most accessible mainly because of the humour. His films tend to be on the disturbing side.

The Handmaiden is bound to be popular with the director’s existing fans and likely to attract new ones.

 

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