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.

If you are a Park`s aficionado,  you can`t pre-imagine how his perfectly crafted historical images would stun your eyes (courtesy of the usual wizard Chung-hoon Chung), or guess how his subtle adaptation and perverted eroticism would manage to faze you out this time, neither you can expect to get surprised about why there is not enough of Yeong-wook Jo on the soundtrack and those immortal gorey/bloody sequences of Park splashing all over the screen. This all new park 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 the maestro told you all along the way, and how that story make you feel. It is beauty per se.

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