The Handmaiden (18)
South Korea/2016/145mins/18/subs. Dir: Park Chan-wook With: Min-hee Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-woong Jo Nam
Sook-hee is sent to work at a country estate and on a mission to persuade the master’s wealthy Japanese niece Lady Hideko to marry her associate who is posing as an aristocrat. However, the plan goes awry when Sook-hee falls in love with Hideko. Transposing Sarah Waters’s novel “Fingersmith” from Victorian England to 1930s annexed Korea, this is an erotic and darkly comic treatise on the relationship between Korea and Japan.
Join us for Lavender Screen, our monthly LGBTQI film discussion group following the screening on Mon 8 May and there will also be a discussion of the source novel in a special Adaptations presentation on Tue 16 May.