The Handmaiden is on its way into UK cinemas right now. It seems to be getting a great deal of attention and a decent pushing marketing push so hopefully if you're interested in seeing it, you should be able to find it in a cinema near you.
Here's a snippet of my review...
Erotic, emotionally charged and unsurprisingly laced with a splatter of torture, The Handmaiden
is a return to both Chan-wook’s thematic preoccupations and native
Korean language after his English language debut, the wonderfully eerie Stoker.
Told in three parts, The Handmaiden
is no step back for the auteur, even if it not only repeats itself in
its own internal structure, but also traverses similar territory to his
previous films. The three parts are central to the twists in the story
as Korean thief Sookee is employed to be the handmaiden of Japanese
heiress Hideko in part one. Sookee is actually in the employ of a fake
Count who is keen to swindle Hideko out of her fortune by seducing and
marrying her and then having the poor woman driven mad and locked up in
an asylum. Sookee’s job is to convince Hideko that she really does love
the Count, and in return Sookee will receive a portion of the fortune.
But when Hideko and Sookee start to feel a growing lust and affection
for each other, allegiances are tested...
Read the rest of my review of The Handmaiden at Starburst Magazine.
And here's the trailer:
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