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The Handmaiden (Director’s Cut) Rated 18

The Handmaiden (Director’s Cut)

Dir. Park Chan-wook. South Korea, 2016. 2h 48m. Korean/subs. Starring Min-hee Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-woong Jo, Tae-ri Kim, Hae-suk Kim, So-ri Moon.

A young handmaiden is hired by a mansion-dwelling heiress living under the watchful eye of her domineering uncle. Park Chan-wook’s sumptuous period tale of romance and deception transposes Sarah Waters’ novel Fingersmith to Korea in the 1930s.

“It is certainly a brilliant adaptation of Sarah Waters’ original novel and a film about something that most other movies can only guess at: pleasure and rapture.” ★★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“The result is a lush, silken, erotic, disturbing, beautifully photographed drama of betrayal and passion." ★★★★ Kate Muir, The Times