The Handmaiden

2016 | South Korea | NR | 144 min.

Showings

Kirkbride at the Commons Sat, Jul 29, 2017 9:00 PM
Milliken at the Dennos Museum Sun, Jul 30, 2017 9:00 PM
Film Info
Section:Foreign Fiction
Original Title:Ah-ga-ssi
Release Year:2016
Runtime:144 min.
Rating:NR
Production Country:South Korea
Original Language:Japanese
Korean
Subtitles:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Chan-wook Park
Produced by:Syd Lim
Chan-wook Park
Screenwriter:Seo-kyeong Jeong
Chan-wook Park
Cinematography:Chung-hoon Chung
Editing By:Kim Sang-bum
Kim Jae-bum
Cast:Kim Min-hee
Ha Jung-woo
Cho Jin-woong
Kim Hae-sook
Moon So-ri

Description

Stately and vulgar. Tender and vicious. Beautiful and grotesque. It’s not surprising that a story about fluid identities, convoluted scheming, and double crosses could encompass such contradictory tones and ideas. But in the hands of a master director at the height of his powers like Park Chan-wook (known best in America for “Oldboy”), the result is a superlative thriller and deeply erotic character study that ranks among the very best films of recent years. A young female pickpocket and a male con artist in 1930s Korea, then under Japanese colonial rule, deceive and seduce their way through a high society manor. Imbued with violence, horror, and unconventional eroticism, the film consists of three distinct parts, each taking a different character’s point of view, providing the audience with uniquely layered insight into a complex web of motives. A film this suspenseful, sexy, and surprising is singularly rare, and must be savored on the big screen when it comes around.

PRE-SHOW MUSIC BY
TC Uke Guy (Sat)
Peggy Lee (Sun)

SPONSORED BY
Carolyn Micklatcher (Sat)
David & Judy Pohlod (Sun)

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