The Handmaiden


Director: Park Chan-wook
Country: South Korea

2016 | 145 min. | Korean, Japanese
Subtitles: English, German

Cast_ Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri, Ha Jung-woo, Cho Jin-woong, Kim Hae-sook, Moon So-ri Screenplay_ Park Chan-wook, Jung Seo-kyung Camera_ Chung Chung-hoon Producer_ Park Chan-wook, Syd Lim Rights_ Plaion Pictures GmbH

In order to rob a rich heiress, the pickpocket Sook-hee poses as a maid. Park Chan-wook tells this erotic love story as a thriller.

Korea, 1930s: yearning for the fortune of Japanese heiress Hideko, her uncle watches her every turn. That’s why he hires the maid Sook-hee to look after Hideko. What he doesn’t know, however, is that Sook-hee is a pickpocket sent by the fraudster Fujiwara, who is also after Hideko’s money. Fujiwara’s plan seems to be a success, until the two women start to develop feelings for each other.

This stand-out in Park Chan-wook’s oeuvre has won numerous awards. The passionate love story is reflected in the exceptionally opulent costume design.


Park Chan-wook (b. 1963) began his directing career in the early 1990s. With films such as ›Joint Security Area‹ (2000), ›Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance‹ (2002), ›Oldboy‹ (2003) and ›Lady Vengeance‹ (2005), he played a central role in the international success of South Korean cinema.


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