The Handmaiden (18)
'+ Korean Meal Deal
Thu 01 Jan 1970 - Thu 01 Jan 1970
Dir. Park Chan-wook. South Korea, 145 mins, 2016
South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Lady Vengeance, Stoker) returns with a visually ravishing, erotic thriller based on Sarah Waters’ novel Fingersmith – relocating the story from Victorian Britain to 1930s Korea during Japanese colonial rule.
New girl Sookee is hired as handmaiden to Japanese heiress Lady Hideko, who lives a secluded life on a large countryside estate with her domineering Uncle. But Sookee has a secret: she has been recruited to carry out a devilish plan of robbery, seduction and imprisonment which seems set to succeed – until Sookee and Lady Hideko fall prey to unexpected emotions.
The Handmaiden‘s simmering exploration of lesbian sexuality, sublime set design and sensational plot twists are more than met by its cast, who deliver performances of genuine emotional power. This is wildly entertaining, consummate filmmaking from Chan-wook.
Make the most of your trip to the cinema and pre-book a specially prepared meal to complement the film. Select the supplementary meal option for just £8 extra when booking, or contact our box office.
Enjoy deliciously flavoured Korean cuisine (V) before the screening on Thu 11 May.
‘An outrageous thriller drenched with eroticism’
‘The Handmaiden is at once a superlative thriller and a deeply erotic character study, but its the intelligence, mordant wit and depth of characterisation that are the real turn-ons.’
‘The cinematic equivalent of drinking three glasses of champagne in the bath, The Handmaiden is a film to luxuriate in.’
‘Park Chan-wooks sumptuous erotic thriller is among his boldest works to date.’
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