The Handmaiden (2016)

Not Rated   |    |  Drama, Romance, Thriller


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A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her.


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5 August 2016 | tenshi_ippikiookami
10
| Just amazing
"The Handmaiden" is a crazily imaginative and beautiful movie by Chan-wook Park, who is at the top of his game in this story of a pickpocket that tries to steal the fortune of a naive, innocent rich woman that has been secluded in a mansion in the middle of nowhere. Of course, things will start to get complicated soon enough.

Chan-wook Park has done a great job in adapting the original novel by Sarah Waters, and mixing it with the history of the Japanese invasion of Korea at the beginning of the twentieth century. The plot is a little bit silly sometimes, but Chan-wook Park makes it all tight and fast-paced, and even the most silly moment becomes a moment of beauty and fun. From the first moment, the viewer will be enthralled by the story of these two women and their relationship, and every plot development will just add fun to the whole.

If the plot and the direction weren't amazing enough, the movie is as beautiful as they come. From the darkest moment, the most violent, to the most intimate, beauty transpires in every frame, and every scene comes to life and threatens to pop and break free from the screen. This is helped by the amazing work of all the cast, who does an incredible job in bringing this tale to life (it could be criticized, though, some of the heavily accented Japanese, for characters that are supposed to be able to pass as them).

All in all, "The Handmaiden" is proof that a movie can have a plot, amazing direction, acting, scenery, craziness and the most beautiful package possible. And even if it is almost two hours and a half long, it feels like a breeze.

You will fall in love with this movie. Just plain great.

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Release Date:

1 June 2016

Language

Korean, Japanese


Country of Origin

South Korea

Filming Locations

Nagoya, Aichi, Japan

Box Office

Budget:

KRW10,000,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$92,129 23 October 2016

Gross USA:

$2,006,788

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,767,206

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