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The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi)
BUY TICKETS 8pm Monday 26 June
DIRECTOR Park Chan-wook
CAST Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri, Ha Jung-woo, Cho Jin-woong
A visually stunning Korean adaptation of Sarah Waters’ novel Fingersmith about a secret plot to defraud an heiress which goes to plan until love intervenes.
In 1930s colonial Korea, a young woman hired by Japanese heiress Lady Hideko as a handmaiden is secretly involved in a plot by a con artist to defraud Hideko of her inheritance, a plan that is complicated when the two women discover unexpected feelings for each other. Inspired by the novel Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, this is an astounding visual spectacle full of dark humour and eroticism, with intense performances and a plot full of twists.
(2016 South Korea 156 mins Subtitled)
The Handmaiden is numerous things at once. It’s a loose adaptation of British novelist Sarah Waters’ Fingersmith, it’s a milestone of LGBT cinema in conservative South Korea, it’s an unapologetically kinky slice of erotica … it’s a byzantinely structured tale of con and counter-con that makes real demands of its audience to keep up, it’s a stirring narrative of women escaping from bastard men, it’s a vividly sketched chamber piece, and — most importantly — it’s a damn good yarn. Andrew Lowry, Empire
Language: Korean / Japanese
BBFC advice: Contains strong sex and sex references
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