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.

Mein Gesicht ist wie taub, meine Jacke riecht nach Rauch, meine Hände sind so ungeschickt ich lache sie aus. Taumel ohne Beistand auf zwei Beinen, die nicht mehr laufen können. Ich glaube ich schlafe tagelang wenn ich erst nach hause komm’.
—  Sookee und Kobito - Augen Zu
We need to accept that when a person of color tells us we’ve fucked up, the answer is not to get defensive. When we get that instinct to say “geez, I’m sorry, I didn’t mean it that way at all,” it’s time to stop right now. It doesn’t matter how you meant it. It really doesn’t. Someone doesn’t have to have racism in their heart to do something racist. And doing something racist doesn’t make you an evil person who can never do good again, should never be an activist, should run off and hide in a hole somewhere. It means you did something hurtful, you made a big mistake, and you need to own that mistake. You need to say “I’m sorry.” Full stop. I’m sorry. And if the person who called you out is generous enough to take time to explain what you did wrong, you need to have a seat and listen.

White Feminists: It’s Time to Put Up Or Shut Up on Race « Radically Queer

Yesterday I already linked to a must-read text on feminism and intersectionality. Today I discovered this great article via Sookee’s facebook page. I think it’s mainly directed at white queer feminists, but it is also must-read material for white cis-male feminists like me (if not even more.) The kneejerk reaction of white feminists when they’re being called out for being/saying something racists also ocures a lot with white cis-heterosexual men (-feminists) when they are being called out for saying something sexist. 

We need to be more aware of our privileges, dudes.  

Also check out the Tiger Beatdown article mentioned in the text above: MY FEMINISM WILL BE INTERSECTIONAL OR IT WILL BE BULLSHIT! And if you think this is all primarily an US-American issue: The author of the Tiger Beatdown text lives in Europe..


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