Director Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Stoker) is back with The Handmaiden. The South Korean crime drama is inspired by Sarah Waters’s 2002 novel Fingersmith. The US poster is above; a trailer should follow soon.
The film had its world premiere at Cannes earlier this year. It will be released in select theaters on October 14 via Amazon Studios and Magnolia Pictures. Kim Min-hee, Ha Jung-woo, Kim Tae-ri, and Cho Jin-woong star.
Having transposed the story to 1930s-era colonial Korea and Japan, Park Chan-wook 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 as Lady Hideko, Ha Jung-woo 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.