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The Handmaiden

In Theatres October 21






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From PARK Chan-wook, the celebrated director of OLDBOY, LADY VENGEANCE and STOKER, comes a ravishing new crime drama. PARK presents a gripping and sensual tale of two women - a young Japanese Lady living on a secluded estate, and a Korean woman who is hired to serve as her new handmaiden, but is secretly plotting with a conman to defraud her of a large inheritance. Inspired by the novel Fingersmith by British author Sarah Waters, THE HANDMAIDEN borrows the most dynamic elements of its source material and combines it with PARK Chan-wook’s singular vision to create an unforgettable viewing experience.


Directed by
PARK Chan-wook

Executive Producer
Miky LEE

Written by
CHUNG Seo-kyung, PARK Chan-wook

Inspired by the novel
“Fingersmith” by Sarah WATERS

PARK Chan-wook, Syd LIM

YOON Suk-chan, KIM Jong-dae, Wonjo JEONG

Associate Producer

Director of Photography
CHUNG Chung-hoon

Production Designer
RYU Seong-hee

Edited by
KIM Sang-bum, KIM Jae-bum

Music by
CHO Young-wuk

Costume Designer
CHO Sang-kyung

BAE Il-hyuck

Make Up & Hair Designer
SONG Jong-hee

VFX Supervisor
LEE Jeon-hyoung

Sound Design by
KIM Suk-won

Production Sound Mixer


KIM Min-hee, KIM Tae-ri, HA Jung-woo, CHO Jin-woong
KIM Hae-sook and MOON So-ri



“ONE OF THE YEAR’S SLIEST, SEXIEST THRILLERS. The first section is only part of the story. THE REST IS SO SUSPENSEFUL, SEXY, AND SURPRISING THAT IT WOULD BE A SHAME TO SAY ANY MORE. – Kevin P. Sullivan, Entertainment Weekly

“Director Park has conjured up not only his smartest but also his most stirring film to date. Unflaggingly cool and plush.” – Anthony Lane, The New Yorker

“SEXY AND TWISTY AND SO COMPELLING.” – Alison Willmore, Buzzfeed

“THE BEST FILM AT CANNES THIS YEAR. Deliriously twisty.” – Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice

“FOUR STARS. A HUGELY ENTERTAINING THRILLER. Simmering with genuine sexual tension.” – Benjamin Lee, The Guardian

“RAVISHING. Director Park Chan-wook’s most delectable narrative feature in years.” – Justin Chang, LA Times

“Thrilling to follow and look at — an exactingly composed work, dripping in period style. This is a movie that features a great reveal--and then manages a short time later to make you view that reveal differently. And that's all in the first half.” – Steven Zeitchik, LA Times

“EQUALLY THRILLING TO FOLLOW AND LOOK AT. An exactingly composed work, constructed with the tightness of a Swiss Watch and dripping in period style, that still demands a lean-forward attention to plot.” – Steven Zeitchik, LA Times

“IT’S AWESOME. The movie feels like a beautifully shot, brilliantly paced page-turner of a novel brought to life. How often do we get to see an epic, lush, yet also pulpy, genre story that's so firmly on the side of its female characters?” Jada Yuan, New York Magazine

“AN INTELLIGENT, FUNNY EROTIC THRILLER, The Handmaiden seems destined for some kind of American remake that isn’t likely to live up to its invention, wit, and daring. See this one first, if you can.” – Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair


“All the best things about Asian cinema, rolled into one.”– Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

“An amusingly kinky erotic thriller and love story that brims with delicious surprises, making its two-and-a-half hours fly by.” – Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

“DELIRIOUSLY FUN. Intensely pleasurable.” – Jessica Kiang, The Playlist

“HUGELY ENJOYABLE. Park has crafted such a marvelous playground that it’s easy to just embrace the atmospheric proceedings as the deviant scheming continues to thicken from multiple directions.” – Eric Kohn, Indiewire

“Luridly mesmerizing.” – Maggie Lee, Variety

“LURIDLY MESMERIZING. One comes out feeling sensually satiated.”– Maggie Lee, Variety

“A twisted thriller full of graphic erotica and a noir atmosphere. Park Chan-wook manages to surprise us in almost every scene, every frame.” – Talia Soghomonian, Collider

“GORGEOUS” – Steve Pond, The Wrap

“THE SEXIEST FILM OF THE YEAR.” – Jen Yamato, The Daily Beast

“Seems like a lock for my top 10 of the year.” – Katie Rife, AV Club

Date for DVD release subject to change.