The Handmaiden

2 07 2016

Park Chan-Wook’s latest, The Handmaiden, is a dense, dizzying work of dazzlingly beautiful surfaces and murky depths. Its a (much more interesting) version of Fifty Shades of Grey, dressed as Downton Abbey, and relocated to East Asia. Cue: devious dealings, dialogue that pings between Japanese and Korean, gorgeous flapper-era dresses, geisha hair, spyholes in dark wood-panelled drawing rooms, kinky dialogue, lovely gardens, lesbian sex scenes, some serious Junichiro Tanizaki vibes and an octopus. Four stars!

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