The Handmaiden. Set in the 1930's in South Korea and Japan. You may not agree with me but for me this is cinema of the masterclass level. Watch The Handmaiden (2016) : Full Movie Online Free 1930s Korea, In The Period Of Japanese Occupation, A Young Woman… New!! [9] Benjamin Lee of The Guardian ranked it four out of five stars and described it as "a hugely entertaining thriller". CJ Entertainment. [31], In 2019, The Guardian ranked The Handmaiden 41st in its 100 best films of the 21st century list. [11][12][13] The film was also screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, where The Playlist named it as one of the 15 best films of the festival. Fujiwara makes up a story about their wedding night but a flashback shows that he watched Hideko masturbate before cutting her hand on a knife to stain her sheets, refusing to consummate the marriage. '"Lady"') is a 2016 South Korean erotic psychological thriller film directed by Park Chan-wook and starring Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri, Ha Jung-woo and Cho Jin-woong. The flashbacks show a regime of psychological and physical abuse that eventually degrades Hideko's aunt's sanity. When back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met there, who confesses his secret hobby. Plot synopsis: From the visionary director Park Chan-wook (Oldboy and Stoker) comes The Handmaiden, a sumptuous and exhilarating period thriller inspired by Sarah Waters’ best-selling novel 'Fingersmith'. Story revolves around 4 people: a noble lady who has inherited a fortune, a swindler count who is after her fortune, a … If any scene were to linger a few seconds longer or he had decided to focus on a certain issue, the film would have veered off to a different territory. It is inspired by the 2002 novel Fingersmith by Welsh writer Sarah Waters, with the setting changed from Victorian era Britain to Korea under Japanese colonial rule. With the latter, Park (Oldboy & Joint Security Area) has achieved something extraordinary. 262 of 328 people found this review helpful. A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her. In the more recent past, the Count realizes seducing Hideko would be impossible and instead includes her in the plan to elope and then split her inheritance. Home. Six short stories that explore the extremities of human behavior involving people in distress. A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her. After smoking, a disgusted Fujiwara refuses to give further details. "[29] However, The New Yorker's Jia Tolentino said that "the women know what they look like, it seems—they are consciously performing for each other—and Park is deft at extracting the particular sense of silly freedom that can be found in enacting a sexual cliché. The plot is pulsating and it never lets up. The plan seems to proceed according to plan until Sookee and Hideko discover some unexpected emotions. [34] In 2020, The Guardian also ranked it number 1 among the classics of modern South Korean Cinema. Directed by Chan-wook Park. (2016). The Handmaiden [22] It was released on DVD in the US on 24 January 2017 and Blu-ray on March 28, 2017. [6] Shooting for the film began in June 2015 and concluded in October 2015. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 95%, based on 206 reviews, and an average score of 8.3/10. At the 71st British Academy Film Awards, the film won the category of Best Film Not in the English Language. Sook-hee saves her and both admit to their plots. Hideko lives with her Uncle Kouzuki, a Korean man who helped the Japanese take over his country in exchange for a gold mine. [25], The Handmaiden received critical acclaim. ", "2017 Nominees Announced, 'Manchester by the Sea' Leads Vancouver Film Critics Circle International Nominations List with Six Nods", "Women Film Critics Circle Nominations: "Hidden Figures," "13th," & More", "Asian Film Awards: South Korea's 'The Handmaiden' Leads With 6 Nominations", "Houston Film Critics Nominations for 2016 Films", "Houston Film Critics Society Nominations – 'The Nice Guys' and Rebecca Hall Get a Deserved Boost", "National Board of Review Announces 2016 Award Winners", "20th Annual Online Film Critics Society Awards Nominations", "Saturn Awards Nominations 2017: 'Rogue One,' 'Walking Dead' Lead", "BAFTA Awards: 'Shape of Water,' 'Three Billboards,' 'Darkest Hour' Lead Pack of Nominations", "Empire Film Awards 2018: The Last Jedi leads the pack with nine nominations including Best Actress for Daisy Ridley", Review for The Handmaiden by film critic Lee Dong-jin, BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language,, South Korean psychological thriller films, Best Foreign Language Film BAFTA Award winners, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.