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thumbnail The Handmaiden (2016 South Korea)

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Director: Park Chan-Wook
Starring: Min-hee Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-woong Jo
Genre: Erotic thriller
Duration: 144 mins
Rated R

Korean director Park Chan-Wook’s adaptation of Sarah Waters’ novel Fingersmith, relocates the story from Victorian Britain to 1930s Korea. Sookee is hired as a handmaiden to the repressed and isolated Japanese heiress Hideko, who lives with her domineering uncle. Though servile and charming on the surface, Sookee has been planted in the household by a swindler posing as a Japanese Count. His plan is to seduce and elope with Hideko and take possession of her considerable fortune. Sookee’s task is to get her new mistress to fall for the Count, but she finds herself sexually drawn to her instead. The film simmers with genuine sexual tension but more importantly, there’s longing, affection and intimacy between the maid and her sexually inexperienced heiress.

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