There’s fewer filmmakers that get me excited for a new project than Park Chan-Wook. From his celebrated “Vengeance” trilogy (Sympathy For Mister Vengeance, Oldboy & Lady Vengeance) to his updated take on vampirism (Thirst) to his stunning and stylistic English language debut (Stoker) there’s few out there that can hold a candle to his brilliance behind the camera. Any new announced project from Chan-Wook should be met with excitement, and that’s how I’m feeling about The Handmaiden, coming this November from Magnolia Pictures and Amazon Studios. This past week a poster for the film, along with its trailer-embedded below the synopsis- were released.
Synopsis: 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 new 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.