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  • Actors: Min-hee Kim, Tae-ri Kim, Jung-woo Ha
  • Directors: Park Chan-wook
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Curzon Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Aug. 2017
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B06XWWS1LK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,444 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From celebrated director Park Chan-wook comes a ravishing crime drama inspired by the novel Fingersmith from celebrated British Author Sarah Waters

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Warming and interesting tale of double crossing and romance. Bear in mind that it borders on being an erotic film and does get unnecessarily pervy towards the end though.
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South Korea has produced some of the world's most creative and exciting works of cinema since the century began, and Park Chan-wook (of "Oldboy" and "Thirst" fame) is one of its most acclaimed filmmakers. Still, knowing that, nothing prepared me for "The Handmaiden", unquestionably Park's masterpiece to date, and even perhaps the finest film to ever come out of that country.

Born and raised in Seoul, Park was determined to be an art critic until his first viewing of Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" which dictated the rest of his life. In 2013, Park actually made a twisted, stylized loose remake of Hitchcock's "Shadow of a Doubt' (called "Stoker" with Nicole Kidman, his only English language film) but whereas that movie was somewhat inconsistent albeit visually lush, "The Handmaiden" is perfectly realized, the framing of every shot and the rhythm of its pacing fully controlled in structure and tone, and executed with such an exquisite sense of visual beauty in its production design, costumes and cinematography (as well as the aesthetic beauty of its cast) that virtually every frame of this film could be hung on the wall of an art museum.

Adapted from Fingersmith, a Welsh novel by Sarah Waters, the film is set in the Japan-occupied South Korea of the 1930s as if its characters and setting had been lifted out of Henry James' Victorian England. Divided into a three-part structure, it tells of a handmaiden hired to a young Japanese heiress who lives a secluded life on a large Dickensian estate with her dominating Uncle -- but the intricate plot that develops has more twists than a Philadelphia pretzel, with scheming and swindling, double-crossings and betrayal, as well as explicit lesbian sex (and a small dose of shocking violence).
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Enjoyed the film thorougly. Excellent story & acting.
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This film had a lot going for it, story line, cinematography, costume, but sadly spoilt by the style of sexual content. The sex was border line silly and aimed at teenage boys. Nothing wrong with sexual content when it's realistic and important to the story. I was entertained but let down by the silly porn like sex.
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