From Park Chan-wook, the celebrated director of OLDBOY, LADY VENGEANCE and STOKER, comes a ravishing new crime drama. Park presents a gripping and sensual tale of two women – a young Japanese Lady living on a secluded estate, and a Korean woman who is hired to serve as her new handmaiden, but is secretly plotting with a conman to defraud her of a large inheritance. Inspired by the novel Fingersmith by British author Sarah Waters, THE HANDMAIDEN borrows the most dynamic elements of its source material and combines it with Park Chan-wook’s singular vision to create an unforgettable viewing experience.
What We Thought:
The Handmaiden is one of the most visually beautiful films of 2016 with a huge twist. It has multiple turns and reminded me of Gone Girl in that way.
I’m a fan of Director Park Chan-wook and this might be his most striking film. His camera movement is breathtaking and his framing is magnificent. His shots outside the mansion with the camera panning side to side awed me. The costuming and set design are flawless.
The movie itself is a sexually driven thriller with twists and backstabbing. It’s extremely sexual with heavy talk of BDSM and lesbian sex. It’s not dirty or used just as a ploy. It drives the plot and shows more to the characters than you initially think.
I don’t want to get in to it too much because I don’t want to spoil anything. You think it’s just a thief being hired as a handmaiden so she can steal things and get the woman of the mansion interested in her boss so they can marry and he can get her money.
But there’s so much more to it. There’s love and sex and double-crossing and reading sexually explicit books and a basement and more. You never know where it’s going to go although the ending is a bit expected. I’m ok with that though because the rest of the movie is so good.
I don’t know if The Handmaiden will be in my top 10 for the year, but it’s something I’d own and watch again. The story is great and makes you guess. The direction is amazing and the entire film looks gorgeous. If you are a fan of the director or Asian cinema in general then the movie is…
Cast & Crew:
- Kim Min-hee
- Kim Tae-ri
- Ha Jung-woo
- Cho Jin-woong
- Kim Hae-sook
- Moon So-ri
- Director Park Chan-wook
Recommended If You Like:
- Sexual Themes
- Movies with twists
- Asian cinema