Foreign Film Series- The Handmaiden
Admission: Patrons $27 | Senior Citizens $25 | Students $25 for the whole season
Language/subtitles: All foreign language films are subtitled and subtitles are used on English language films when available.
South Korea | 2016 | 144 min | Chan-wook Park | Korean + Japanese languages
This is a fiendishly clever, sinfully funny con-job melodrama with a stirring feminist edge in which
two women, oppressed by the predatory men in their lives, learn to twist games of identity and
manipulation to their advantage. Based on Sarah Waters’ 2002 novel Fingersmith, the Victorian era
British story is moved to 1930s Korea, when the country was occupied by the Japanese. Tamako is
a poor villager hired to serve as the new handmaiden for wealthy Japanese heiress Lady Hideko.
Tamako, however, is actually a pickpocket working with a con man to cheat the heiress out of her
fortune. Managing to continuously surprise the audience, The Handmaiden is an engaging puzzle box
and a thoroughly enjoyable sensory experience.
2017 Asian Film Awards, winner: Best Screenwriter, Best Supporting Actress, Best Newcomer, Best Production Designer.