Presented by: New Zealand International Film Festival

The Handmaiden

7 August 2016

ITR Auditorium


R13_2

South Korea 2016
Director:
Park Chan-wook
In Korean and Japanese, with English subtitles

“Park [Oldboy] Chan-wook’s… new movie, a brazen lesbian twist-fest based on Sarah Waters’ novelFingersmith, doesn’t lose its duty to entertain amid all its style. Set in 1930s Korea, during the Japanese occupation, The Handmaiden follows Sookee (Kim Tae-ri), a born thief who is recruited to help a con man (Ha Jung-woo) with his plan to seduce a lonely, addled heiress (Kim Min-hee), who lives in a creepy manor house with her even creepier uncle (Cho Jin-woong.

I don’t want to tell you much of anything about how things play out, because there are plenty of nifty, nasty surprises to be enjoyed here, but you should know that there’s some rather explicit handmaiden-on-lady-of-the-house sex, there’s some familiar Park Chan-wook arty gore, and there’s a lot of old-timey porn. Amid all that, Park doesn’t get distracted, keeping a tight focus on the winding story and coaxing great performances out of all four leads. Kim Min-hee is especially entrancing, robustly playing a nutty, devious rich girl with a soul. An intelligent, funny erotic thriller, The Handmaiden seems destined for some kind of American remake that isn’t likely to live up to Park’s invention, wit, and daring.” — Richard Lawson,Vanity Fair 

“Park Chan-wook’s giddy, exquisitely filmed blend of historical romance and auteur eroticism… is a kinky thriller and love story that brims with delicious surprises.” — Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

Running Times:
Times are approx. and subject to change at any time.

Box Office Open: 1 Hour Prior to first session of the day
Auditorium Doors Open: 15 Minutes prior to film (Approx)
Duration: 145 Minutes
Box Office Close: 30 Minutes after last film starts


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