The Handmaiden

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Original title
Ah-ga-ssi (The Handmaiden)
Running time
145 min.
South Korea South Korea
Park Chan-wook, Jeong Seo-Gyeong (Novel: Sarah Waters)
Jo Yeong-wook
Chung Chung-hoon
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Moho Films / Yong Film
Thriller. Drama. Romance | 1930s. Erotic. Gay & Lesbian. Romantic Drama
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Sarah Waters Adaptations
Synopsis / Plot
1930s Korea, in the period of Japanese occupation, a new girl is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress who lives a secluded life on a large countryside estate with her domineering Uncle. But the maid has a secret. She is a pickpocket recruited by a swindler posing as a Japanese Count to help him seduce the Lady to elope with him, rob her of her fortune, and lock her up in a madhouse. The plan seems to proceed according to plan until Sookee and Hideko discover some unexpected emotions.
2017: BAFTA Awards: Best Film not in the English Language
2016: Cannes Film Festival: Official Selection
2016: National Board of Review (NBR): Top Foreign Films
2016: Sitges Film Festival: Audience Award
2016: Critics Choice Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film
2016: Los Angeles Film Critics: Best Foreign Film & Production Design
2016: Chicago Film Critics Awards: 3 Awards including Best Foreign Lan. Film. 6 Nom
2016: Satellite Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film
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