We are proud to present the exclusive Director's Cut of Park Chan-wook's critically lauded thriller The Handmaiden. Containing 22 minutes of never-seen-before footage, the extended version will go on a nationwide cinema tour from March.
Set during the Japanese occupation of Korea in the 1930s, a young handmaiden called Sookee is hired by Hideko, an eccentric Japanese heiress, who lives a strange secluded life on a large countryside estate under the watchful eye of her domineering Uncle Kouzuki. But Sookee has a secret: she leads a sordid double life as an expert pickpocket who has been covertly recruited by Fujiwara, a degenerate con artist posing as a Japanese Count. This charlatan plans to seduce the Lady Hideko, convince her to elope with him, rob her of her fortune and then lock her up in a madhouse. The con all seems to be proceeding according to plan, until Sookee and Hideko discover some unexpected emotions for each other, and must come up with a scheme of their own.
Inspired by Sarah Waters' best-selling novel 'Fingersmith', visionary director Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Thirst, Stoker) comes a ravishing, epic and sensual rollercoaster ride which will leave you hungry for more.
The Handmaiden opens in cinemas nationwide on 14 April.