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The Handmaiden
The Handmaiden
8.8
/10
18,025 Ratings

THE HANDMAIDEN

아가씨 | Agassi

Directed by Park Chan-wook
South Korea, 2016
Drama, Thriller, Romance, LGBTQ+

Synopsis

In 1930s Korea, a new girl is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress who lives a secluded life on a large countryside estate. But the maid has a secret: She is a pickpocket recruited by a swindler, who is posing as a Japanese Count, to help him seduce the Lady and steal her fortune.

Synopsis

In 1930s Korea, a new girl is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress who lives a secluded life on a large countryside estate. But the maid has a secret: She is a pickpocket recruited by a swindler, who is posing as a Japanese Count, to help him seduce the Lady and steal her fortune.

Our take

Park Chan-wook’s distinctive flair for stylish visuals and jaw-dropping plot twists shines through in this deliciously subversive erotic thriller, set during the Japanese occupation of Korea. As seductive as it is bone-chilling, The Handmaiden is a many-splendored gem full of cinematic pleasures.