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The Handmaiden (18) S

Friday 19 May 2017 to Thursday 25 May 2017

The Handmaiden (18) S

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  • Director Chan-wook Park
  • Origin South Korea
  • Year 2016
  • Duration 145 minutes

"A lush, silken, erotic, disturbing, beautifully photographed drama of betrayal and passion" -Kate Muir, The Times.

"Park Chan-wook has followed up Stoker with what might be his best film" ★★★★★ - Andrew Lowry, Empire


South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook's (Oldboy, Stoker) erotic psychological thriller - adapted from Welsh author Sarah Waters' historical novel ‘Fingersmith’ - screened to vast acclaim in Competition at Cannes last year. It relocates Waters' story from Victorian Britain to 1930s Korea during Japanese colonial rule.

New girl Sookee (Kim Tae-ri) is hired as handmaiden to Japanese heiress Lady Hideko (Kim Min-hee), who lives a secluded life on a large countryside estate with her domineering Uncle Kouzuki (Cho Jin-woong). But Sookee has a secret: she has been recruited by a swindler posing as a Japanese nobleman to carry out a devilish plan of robbery, seduction and imprisonment which seems set to succeed. - until Sookee and Lady Hideko  they fall prey to unexpected emotions.

This is wildly entertaining, consummate filmmaking from Chan-wook.