The Handmaiden

The Handmaiden (2016)

The Handmaiden
7.9/10 by 211 users

Korea, 1930s. A con man hires a pickpocket to become the maid of a mysterious and fragile heiress, in an attempt to seize her wealth. But not everything goes according to plan.

Original Title:아가씨
Release Date:June 1, 2016
Genres:Thriller, Drama, Romance
Production Company:CJ Entertainment, Moho Film, Yong Film
Production Countries:South Korea
Director:Chan-wook Park
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Plot Keywords:con man, pickpocket, plot, con woman
  • Wow, just wow
    September 14, 2016
    When I've heard about Chan-wook Park creating another experience, I knew immediately that I'm obliged to see it. This movie was so multidimensional. It had everything: good natural humour and laughs, serious and emotional moments, characters you will love and hate and love again, nice overall setting and atmosphere, it was well shot and directed, soundtrack was also very good. The story was not a straight and simple one, on the contrary - it was much much more. And yet the resolution was as simple as the definition of happiness itself. This was much more than just a movie, and even though I found some plot holes I can't explain, it didn't bother me that much. I loved it and I would recommend it not only for the fans of the director's work. I also loved the fact that the trailer was 100% honest, everything that was advertised was in this movie and yet the trailer didn't give out anything. P.S. Be aware of the movie's runtime, that is roughly 2h and 24mins, it's fine for an action movie, but for a slower movie like this one it may not be easy for some viewers to sit through. P.P.S. This movie has different versions cut to fit into some restrictions in different countries. The version I've seen had a lot of sensual erotic scenes and some of them are absent in other versions. Be sure to check for an uncut release if you happen to miss them in a theater.