Min-hee Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-woong Jo, Tae-ri Kim, Hae-suk Kim & So-ri Moon
Director: Park Chan-Wook
Running Time: 156 minutes
Certificate: 18 - contains strong sex and sex references
Country: South Korea (subtitled)
"So extraordinary that I almost forgot to breathe. The Handmaiden is a horribly delicious suspense thriller to compare with Hitchcock’s Rebecca or Clouzot’s Les Diaboliques. It is certainly a brilliant adaptation of Sarah Waters’ original novel"
- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
"Park Chan-Wook has followed up Stoker with what might be his best film. The Handmaiden is an elaborate, teasing, unruly construction; a superlative thriller with intelligence and mordant wit that deeply satisfies"
- Andrew Lowry, Empire
"This gorgeous, impossible-to-pigeonhole South Korean masterwork confirms itself as more than the sum of even such dazzling parts by ending with what we want to believe is a timeless truth: the awesome redemptive power of love"
- Matthew Norman, Evening Standard
Inspired by the novel Fingersmith by British author Sarah Waters.
From Park Chan-Wook, the celebrated director of Oldboy and Stoker, comes a ravishing new crime drama; a gripping and sensual tale of two women, a young Japanese Lady living on a secluded estate, and a Korean woman who is hired to serve as her new handmaiden.
Borrowing the most dynamic elements of its source material, combined with Park Chan-Wook’s singular directorial vision, The Handmaiden is an unforgettable viewing experience.