Chan-Wool Park South Korea 2016 145mins
From Chan-Wook Park, celebrated director of Oldboy, comes a ravishing epic new crime drama inspired by the novel Fingersmith by Sarah Waters.
Transposing the story to 1930s-era colonial Korea, 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.
The two slowly fall in love in a twist-a-minute plot where women are exploited and oppressed, though very underestimated…
The Handmaiden borrows the most dynamic elements of Waters’ novel and combines it with Park’s singular vision and energy to create an erotic, riveting and unforgettable film viewing experience.
Contains explicit sexual content and violence.
Short introduction by Dr. Monica Pearl, University of Manchester.
Wednesday 16th Nov