The Handmaiden, inspired by Sarah Waters’ best-selling novel Fingersmith, is in cinemas nationwide from April 14th. Visit the official website for listings.
Read an interview with Sarah Waters for The Guardian here.
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.
Watch the latest trailer here.
Listen to Radio Four’s Film Programme on Thursday 14th April 2017, where Sarah Waters will be discussing The Handmaiden.
‘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 mesmerising 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