From Park Chan-wook, the celebrated director of OLDBOY, LADY VENGEANCE, THIRST and STOKER, comes a ravishing new crime drama inspired by the novel 'FINGERSMITH' by British author Sarah Waters. Having transposed the story to 1930s-era colonial Korea and Japan, Park presents a gripping and sensual tale of a young Japanese Lady living on a secluded estate, and a Korean woman who is hired to serve as her handmaiden, but who is secretly involved in a conman's plot to defraud her of her large inheritance. Powered by remarkable performances from Kim Min-hee (RIGHT NOW, WRONG THEN) as Lady Hideko, Ha Jung-woo (THE CHASER) as the conman who calls himself the Count and sensational debut actress Kim Tae-ri as the maid Sookee, THE HANDMAIDEN borrows the most dynamic elements of its source material and combines it with Park Chan-wook's singular vision and energy to create an unforgettable viewing experience.
"Expectations are fully met in Park Chan-wook's exquisitely filmed THE HANDMAIDEN (Agassi), an amusingly kinky erotic thriller and love story that brims with delicious surprises."
- Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter
"THE HANDMAIDEN is the Korean director Park Chan-wook's most delectable narrative feature in years. This ornately art-directed erotic puzzler centers around two beautiful women...Over the course of the movie's three chapters, two of which provide a revelatory, 'Rashomon' style shift in perspective, the women will become lovers, rivals and allies, and their teasing, mercurial role play is what gives the movie its seductive pull." - Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
"This film is simmering with genuine sexual tension. Exquisitely designed and sexually liberating, this is a hugely entertaining thriller." - Benjamin Lee, The Guardian
THE HANDMAIDEN had its world premiere at the 2016 Festival de Cannes and Amazon Studios and Magnolia PIctures will release the film in theaters October 14, 2016. Make sure you watch for the trailer debut this Friday on Apple Trailers!