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From age 16 and up Fear Offensive use of language Sex Violence
Park Chan-wook, 2016 145 minutes Min-hee Kim, Tae-ri Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-woong Jo, Hae-suk Kim South Korea Korean, Japanese 2 February 2017 Dutch

A crook-turned-servant falls for the vulnerable heiress she had originally schemed to swindle, in this audacious, visually sumptuous, and erotic period piece from director Park Chan-wook (OLDBOY).

With THE HANDMAIDEN, Park Chan-wook transplants Sarah Waters' Victorian England-set bestseller FINGERSMITH to Japanese-occupied Korea in the 1930s. In Park's adaptation, a girl is hired as a handmaiden to Lady Hideko, a Japanese heiress who lives a secluded life on an estate with her domineering uncle. But the maid has a secret. She and a swindler who poses as a Japanese count are scheming to get the lady engaged, rob her fortune, and lock her up in a madhouse.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS FILM IS IN KOREAN AND JAPANESE, WITH DUTCH SUBTITLES.

Please click here for the English subtitled version.

★★★★★ VPRO - "Extravagant, erotisch, en onweerstaanbaar verhaal over bedrog, genot en liefde van Chan-wook, de regisseur van onder meer Oldboy en Stoker."

★★★★ NRC - "The Handmaiden is een sensuele, zeg maar gerust geile, thriller."

★★★★ De Limburger - "The Handmaiden is een film die lang blijft hangen, zeker door de vrijpostige lesbische vrijscènes."

★★★★ De Volkskrant - "Alles is erotiek in de technisch perfecte vertelling van de Zuid-Koreaan Park Chan-wook.'"