Immortal Art – On “Handmaiden”

Still shocked about the Chan-Wook Park`s latest; Somehow the master of violence became a narrator of romance and …
The Handmaiden“, which is far from everything we remember from him, is a free adaptation of “Sarah Waters”` acclaimed Victorian novel “Fingersmith”, relocating the setting and characters from England to Japan and Korea, 1930s. It tells the story of Con man Count Fujiwara (Jung-woo Ha) who hires a pickpocket named Sook-hee (Min-hee Kim) to became the maid of the mysterious and fragile heiress Lady Hideko (Kim Tae-ri), in an attempt to seize her wealth. But the story takes a twist when the lady falls in love with her maid.

As his aficionado, you still can`t imagine how Park`s perfectly crafted historical images would freeze your eyes (courtesy of the usual wizard Chung-hoon Chung),or guess how his subtle adaptation and perverted eroticism would faze you out again, or be surprised about why there is not enough of Yeong-wook Jo on the soundtrack and those immortal gorey/bloody sequences of Park all over the screen. This all can get you bored or confused, or gives you the reason to criticize the length, or not-so-attractive flashbacks of the movie, or even worse force you to laugh at the some-how funny atmosphere of the most violent sequences of its ending. But you can not deny the exemplary love story a maestro told you all along, and how that story make you feel. That is the definition of beauty.

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