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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  • Jin-Woong Cho in The Handmaiden (2016)
  • Min-hee Kim in The Handmaiden (2016)
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7 October 2016 | jvanhuys1988
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| The Korean legend returns; more debauched than ever, but funnier too.
I saw this tonight at London Film Festival and Park Chan Wook was there, to answer Q&A. A very special moment to me.

I would advise anyone new to Park Chan-Wook's filmography to first explore his vampire flick 'Thirst' which has a similar style. 'Oldboy' is a cult classic, but more of an opium-filled, octopus eating thrill-ride, which this film is NOT, so be advised. I also think having SOME knowledge of Japanese rule in Korea is essential for understanding this film, or it will be above your head. Do some surface-level research on Japanese annexation of Korea and specifically the infamous 'comfort women'.

Completed that? OK now you're ready for this journey.

Now let's focus on the best part. The villain. This IS the best villain in recent memory. Seriously as far back as Hannibal Lecter. Uncle Kouzuki, is more creepy than Burton's Penguin. Compulsory viewing. I cannot mention anymore out of fear for spoiling the intricate plot. Highly recommended.

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