‘The Handmaiden’ is Full of Intrigue and Betrayal

Inspired by the British novel Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, The Handmaiden is placed in 1930s colonial Korea and Japan by famed director, Park Chan-wook.

The story follows Lady Hideko (Kim Min-hee) a young Japanese who lives a lonely life on a secluded estate longing for any sort of companionship. Sook-Hee (Kim Tae-ri) is a Korean woman hired to be her new handmaiden, but really involved with a con-artist who seek to steal the woman’s inheritance as the root of all evil is truly the love of money.

Park pays tribute to Waters work by showing appreciation for the Englishwoman’s work by declaring the master of the house, Uncle Kouzuki (Jin-woong Jo) has a great appreciation for British architecture mixed with Japanese design to show the balance between both cultures.

Sook-Hee’s plan unfolds as the con-artist turned suiter, Count Fujiwara (Ha Jung-woo) falsifies references for her in order to gain Lady Hideko’s trust, which is quite easy as all lonely people care for is companionship.

Lady Hideko tells her new handmaiden that she does not care if she steals from her, but the one requirement is to never be lied to, unfortunately, that is the basis of their entire working relationship.

The film uses white subtitles to for the Korean language and yellow for the Japanese translations, which is helpful for an audience that doesn’t speak either language. Park also shows the distrust between Korean and Japanese cultures that still persists to this day. For those that disagree, pay attention to what North Korea is doing with their missile tests off the coast of Japan.

Sook-hee’s motivation was no more than to escape poverty in Korea, to take her riches and move away  to a completely different country and begin a new life. Count Fujiwara on the other hand is the embodiment of greed, jealousy and evil. He follows the notion of why should others have more than him when he clearly hasn’t work for earning any of it.

Con after con, betrayal, intrigue and a mix of business and pleasure are enough to pull anyone into this story where there are no friends, only temporary allies.

Park could have shaved about 20 minutes off the 2 hour and 25 minute run time, but not a single scene is wasted. I never read the original novel so I cannot make any comparisons between the two, but if it is half as good as this movie, then I will have to pick up a copy and soon.

The Handmaiden opens in limited release through Amazon Studios and Magnolia Pictures, Friday, October 21, 2016.

Shop Deadpool tees in our officially licensed Marvel store!

Leave a Reply

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
The Cast and Crew of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ Discuss the Latest High Seas Adventure

Captain Jack Sparrow and his merry band of misfit pirates are...

Two of the Greatest Wrestling Movies Come to DVD & Blu-ray in ‘Vision Quest’ and ‘American Wrestler’

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has done a huge service to every...

96 Souls
’96 Souls’ is Silly, Nonsensical Sci-fi

It’s never a good sign when a movie opens up with...

Thicker Than Water Review
10.0/10
Telltale’s The Walking Dead: A New Frontier Episode 4: Thicker Than Water Review

The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series – A New Frontier Episode...

New Frontier Season Finale Trailer
Telltale’s The Walking Dead: A New Frontier Season Finale Trailer

The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series – A New Frontier Season Finale...

Nex Machina
Housemarque Games Reveals Release Date for Nex Machina

Housemarque Reveals release date for arcade-style twin-stick shooter, Nex Machina, set...

8.0/10
Ninjak #27: Royal Adder

Ninjak #27 Written By: Kevin Maurer Art By: Cafu Release date: 5/24/2017 I’ve...

8.5/10
Batman/Shadow No. 2 Continues the Crossover Coaster

Title: Batman/Shadow #2 Writers: Scott Snyder and Steve Orlando Script: Steve...

9.5/10
Read Image Comics’ ‘Redneck’…Trust Me (SPOILER FREE)

Title: Redneck #2 Writer: Donny Cates Artist(s): Dee Cunniffe and Lisandro...

Doctor Who
The May 2017 Doctor Who Block from NerdBlock is a Timelord’s Bounty

NerdBlock’s Doctor Who block is a must for any Whovian. There...

JINX Overwatch Apparel
New JINX Overwatch Apparel to Celebrate One-Year Anniversary

Celebrate Overwatch’s One-Year Anniversary with brand new JINX Overwatch Apparel from J!NX...

DC Collectibles Reveals New 2018 ‘DC Artist Alley’ Line At Five Points Festival

From DC Collectibles – Designer super hero toys — meet street...

Epic Fighting 34 Results

Friday, May 12, 2017 – Epic Fighting took place at their...

King of the Cage Heads to Black Bear Casino Resort on June 9 for ‘Fire Starter’

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA. (May 10, 2017) – King of the Cage, the leader...

James ‘Lights Out’ Toney to Face ‘Lightning’ Mike Sheppard in his Final Fight

YPSILANTI, Mich., May 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Main Event Professional Boxing,...

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Cultural Junkdrawer – Season’s End: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 is everything it’s been building up...

Wonder Woman
Is That Sexist? – ‘Wonder Woman’ Marketing Maybe/Maybe Not?

There is only one month left until one of DC Comics’...

Adult Continuity Issue Nine – Ten Inch Mutant Ninja Turtles

The porn parody has a long, hard, turgid and difficult to...

Phoenix Comicon 2017 logo
Phoenix ComiCon Props Update

The Phoenix Comicon had to make massive changes to the costuming...

Id10T
ID10T Music Festival + Comic Conival Announces First Wave of Panels

ID10T Music Festival + Comic Conival Announces First Wave of Panels...

Disney Channel, Disney XD & Disney Junior Announce Events for D23 Expo

From D23 Expo – BURBANK, Calif. (May 17, 2017) – Disney...

Gaming Uncensored: Year in Review 2016

A look back at the year in gaming.

Gaming Uncensored Roundtable: December 2016

December’s roundtable discusses story in games with Chad, Josh, and Spencer....

Gaming Uncensored: Podcast #349

Jamie reflects on some of his time with the HTC Vive....

Lahna Turner’s ‘Limeade’ is a Hilariously Haunting Comedy Album

Many people are roll their eyes at the idea of musical...

Prince’s ‘Deliverance’ Reminds Us of Who We Lost

On Friday, April 21st, it will be one year since we...

Sabroso Fest, How can you go Wrong with Beer, Tacos and Lucha Libre!?!(Photo Gallery)

The Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco and Music Festival sponsored by 95.5...