If you’ve never seen the 2000 South Korean film “Joint Security Area,” from “Oldboy” director Chan-Wook Park, you certainly owe it to yourself to seek it out. 342 more words
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HANDMAIDEN (18) 2016 KOREA PARK, CHAN-WOOK £15.99
Adapted from Sarah Waters’ novel ‘Fingersmith’ and set in 1930s Korea under Japanese colonial rule.
Orphaned pickpocket Sook-hee is hired by a con artist posing as Japanese Count Fujiwara to act as the handmaiden of heiress Lady Hideko in a ploy to rob her of her wealth. 37 more words
Don’t confuse this with Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale (film and TV movie) even though it might sound similar. This is from the acclaimed South Korea’s director Park Chan-wook, whose best known film Old Boy (2003) is now a Hollywood’s remake that retains most of his trademark violence and gore. 243 more words
*This review will contain spoilers for, The Handmaiden. I usually avoid any and all spoilers, but with this film it is just too difficult to write a review and not go into greater detail about particular plot points or character revelations. 1,396 more words
The term ‘masterpiece’ is often used but I’ve rarely seen a film more deserving of that word that Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden. It’s a sumptuous, sensual and occasionally audacious slice of melodrama, a loose adaptation of Sarah Water’s novel, … 436 more words