New US Trailer for Park Chan-wook's Sensual Film 'The Handmaiden'

July 29, 2016
Source: Apple

The Handmaiden Trailer

Magnolia Pictures & Amazon Studios have unveiled the official US trailer for Park Chan-wook's latest film, The Handmaiden, a sensual crime thriller in Korea. The story is actually based on Sarah Waters' novel, titled Fingersmith, which is set in Victorian Era Britain, however Park Chan-wook decided to tell his version in Korea instead. Kim Min-hee stars as Lady Hideko, Ha Jung-woo as the conman who calls himself the Count, and Kim Tae-ri stars as the maid Sookee. It's a twisted tale of sex and crime, about a Korean maid hired to work for a Japanese heiress, but seduces her and ends up causing all kinds of trouble. There's so much more going on in this, and as expected from Park Chan-wook, it gets wicked in the second half. Enjoy.

Here's the new US trailer (+ poster) for Park Chan-wook's The Handmaiden, in high def from Apple:

The Handmaiden Poster

For a very positive review of the film, check out Pierce Conran's thoughts from Cannes on ScreenAnarchy.

The story follows a young Korean female pickpocket from the slums who is hired by a charming con man to join an elaborate scam. She becomes the personal servant of a wealthy Japanese heiress and seduces her. The Handmaiden is a "modernized Korean" adaptation of Sarah Waters' novel, titled Fingersmith, first published in 2002. The film is directed by Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook, of the films Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, I'm a Cyborg But That's OK, Thirst and Stoker previously. The Handmaiden first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this summer, and was acquired by Amazon Studios. Magnolia & Amazon will open The Handmaiden in select theaters starting October 14th.

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Reader Feedback - 4 Comments


YESSS!!! STOKER was a slow burn turd burglar, but this looks like something we all could use in our lives.

DAVIDPD on Jul 29, 2016


Not sure what you mean by that, but Stoker was excellent. This looks intriguing as well.

Efterklang on Jul 29, 2016


Bold new visions are mostly either violent or sexy. I prefer sexy... Even if I know there is also some violence in this ...

shiboleth on Jul 29, 2016


Kickass music and really well cut. In addition to it advertising a Park Chan Wook movie, this has my interest.

Terry Craig on Jul 29, 2016

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