my last attempt to find myself stimulated by mr. chan-wook’s work miserably miscarried halfway through; whilst this may be a little more satisfying than his earlier films for he has matured, eventually it's not for me - way too commercial and at times awfully pretentious; I’m not surprised tarantino is a big fan
A lot of people said that this is a movie ‘for the male audience’. I believe this was the same issue that many had with Kechiche’s “Blue is the warmest colour” - and this is the only analogy between these two very different movies. I was touched by how well the narration drives the viewers emotion, twisting the feelings that one might have for the two female protagonists. It’s a tale about escaping the male ‘gaze’.
The Handmaiden is erotically intense while at the same time being sexually repulsive over an old man's classic hustler library collection and his demand on reading etiquette for male entertainment purposes. A 3 act structure which is easy to follow and leaves all unanswered explained of a con that grows more emotionally complicated between a bachelor, mistress and servant all beautifully shot and musically superb.
I don't know why I thought that the plot was going to be just as simple as the viewer is initially made to believe in. I loved the twists, I loved the characters, I loved the soundtrack, I loved the kinkyness. It's hard, at some point, to not be a little confused, especially in terms of time and space. However, fear not, it will come to a great and explained ending.
we, mostly variants of qu**r / les****, all agree on the sex scenes. while A BIT hot, they are egregious. it is misogynist but the male gaze was something i know PCW worked on. regardless, their intimacy was still something to feel. when you first begin to feel that way for someone of your own gender but in a way that's like so beautiful and easy. they just fell into it #freekimminhee my beautiful gf