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Aro Recommended Handmaiden, The

 

South Korea 2016, 145 minutes
Dir. Park Chan-Wook
In Korean, Japanese with English subtitles
Rating: [R16] Violence, offensive language & sex scenes.
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Drama, Suspense / Sex, Lesbian

 

“Just pure cinema, a dizzying, disturbing fable of love and betrayal that piles on luxurious imagery, while never losing track of its story‚Äôs human core.”~David Sims, The Atlantic

Aroview: Delicious erotic thriller from the brilliant Park Chan-Wook, who lends his impeccable style to a provocative potboiler of lesbian love and revenge, inspired by THE FINGERSMITH by Welsh writer Sarah Waters.

Set in Japanese-occupied Korea in the 1930's, an impoverished Korean girl is sent to serve a repressed aristocrat in the estate she lives in with her sadistic uncle. But the plot soon overflows with intertwining schemes, multiple identities and deceits, building to a thrilling climax.

NZ International Film Festival 2016

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