Thursday, November 3, 2016

The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016)

Director: Chan-wook Park. Cast: Min-hee Kim, Kim Tae-ri, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-woong Jo. 144 min. South Korea. Drama.

A young female forger is coerced into tricking a rich heiress to marry a con-artist, so they can dump her in a mental asylum and run away with the goods. If you think I'm spoiling anything ... that doesn't even scratch the surface of this convoluted tale of betrayal, suicide, perverse sex, and gruesome violence, which delivers surprise after surprise in flash-backs and flash-forwards. Add to that some mesmerizing cinematography in a countryside backdrop, and you have one memorable movie. After all, nothing less is expected from the Korean director of Oldboy - who even reminds of his fascination for octopus here.

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