The Handmaiden: U.K. release details
30th January 2017
The Handmaiden, which was inspired by Sarah Waters’s novel Fingersmith (2002) will be released in the UK through Curzon Artificial Eye in April 2017.
The New York Times chose The Handmaiden as one of their top ten picks of 2016 and the Guardian US placed the film ninth in its list of the fifty best films of 2016. The film was awarded Best Foreign Picture and Best Production Design by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, after being nominated for the 2016 Palme d’Or.
‘Park has conjured up not only his smartest but also his most stirring film to date’ – New Yorker
‘Sarah Waters’s novel Fingersmith has had a lavish and almost operatically spectacular adaptation by Korea’s unparalleled auteur Park Chan-wook’ – Guardian
‘The Handmaiden, the mesmerizing new movie by the spectacularly talented South Korean director Park Chan-wook. This breathless feminist thriller has the refined style of an art film but offers the disreputable fun of a guilty pleasure. The Handmaiden is based on Sarah Waters’s acclaimed 2002 novel Fingersmith, but Park shifts the action from Victorian England to a fabulous-looking 1930s Korea that’s ruled by the Japanese. And what delirious action it is’ – Vogue.com
‘Park Chan-wook has made the year’s most irresistible love story’ – David Edelstein, film critic for New York magazine