The Handmaiden (Agassi)


Century Larkspur 2 Wed, Oct 12, 2016 8:30 PM
Lark Theatre Sat, Oct 15, 2016 8:15 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Country:South Korea
Running Time:144 min.
Director:Park Chan-wook
Producer:Park Chan-wook
Syd Lim
Screenwriter:Chung Seo-kyung
Park Chan-wook
Cinematographer:Chung Chung-hoon
Editor:Kim Sang-bum
Kim Jae-bum
Cast:Min-hee Kim
Jung-woo Ha
Kim Tae-ri
Jin-woong Jo
So-ri Moon
Hae-suk Kim
Print Source:Magnolia Pictures
Note Writer:David Fear


Filmmaker extraordinaire Park Chan-wook returns with a sensual, 1930s-set adaptation of Sarah Waters’ novel Fingersmith, in which Sookee (Kim Tae-ri), a former thief, is recruited as part of an elaborate con. The young woman is to become a handmaiden at the house of a rich, degenerate Japanese bibliophile with a priceless collection of vintage erotica and a beautiful, damaged niece (Kim Min-hee, in a star-making turn). Sookee will convince the frail waif to marry her partner (Ha Jung-woo), a slick hustler posing as a count, and they’ll take her inheritance—but what’s really going on? And who is conning who? Not since his infamous Sympathy trilogy has the South Korean auteur given us something so stylistically bold and sumptuous, piling on the S&M kink, triple-crosses, and social commentary until this psychological thriller goes way past its boiling point. Don’t miss it.

Additional Information

Winner of the Cannes’ Grand Prix for Oldboy and the Jury Prize for Thirst, Park Chan-wook stands at the forefront of Korean cinema’s modern-day renaissance. Renowned for his explosive visuals and dynamic storytelling, he is a director who continually challenges and defies expectations. An ardent cinephile, Park has produced an impressive body of work since his commercial breakthrough Joint Security Area (JSA) in 2000, followed up by Sympathy For Mr. Vengance in 2002, Oldboy in 2003, Lady Vengance in 2005, I'm A Cyborg But That’s Ok in 2006, Thirst in 2009 and Stoker in 2013. In The Handmaiden, which is inspired by Sarah Waters’ historical crime novel Fingersmith (2002), Park returns to Korea for one of his most ambitious productions yet. In this latest work he continues to display the bold and innovative approach to storytelling and visuals that has made him internationally famous.