The original auteur of Korean cinema, Park Chan Wook's twisting narratives and unparalleled filmmaking has earned him critical acclaim and international recognition. We have brought together two essential films of his, the taut Oldboy and lush The Handmaiden, ahead of the release of his Cannes award-winning Decision To Leave.
Confined in a mansion in 1930s Korea, Lady Hideko (Kim Min-hee) is a bird in a gilded cage – and a seemingly easy target for a duplicitous Count, who hires Sook-hee (Kim Tae-ri), a talented young pickpocket, to act as her handmaiden (and help in his plan to seduce her). But Sook-hee may have a different plan in mind, and a tangled web soon begins to weave around the handmaiden, her charge, the Count, and Hideko's domineering uncle.
Winner of Best Film Not in the English Language at the BAFTAs in 2018, The Handmaiden is a ravishing puzzle box filled with mystery and melodrama from director Park Chan-wook.