Most people know Park Chan-wook for his work on famed Korean thriller, Oldboy. Park also directed two films with similar themes, Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance and Lady Vengeance, which were both fantastic, albeit less popular than Oldboy. Park is no stranger to Hollywood, either. In 2013, he directed Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska in Stoker, a film equally as dark as his “Vengeance Trilogy”.
It seems that Park Chan-wook has no intention of straying away from his dark themes, and I couldn’t be happier. This year, the director released his newest film, entitled The Handmaiden. It is, in part, based upon the novel Fingersmith by Sarah Waters. However, as you will see in the trailer, Park has put his familiar dark and twisted spin on the story. Check it out below:
From Park Chan-wook, the celebrated director of OLDBOY, LADY VENGEANCE and STOKER, comes a ravishing new crime drama. Park presents a gripping and sensual tale of two women—a young Japanese lady living on a secluded estate and a Korean woman who is hired to serve as her new handmaiden, but is secretly plotting with a conman to defraud her of a large inheritance. Inspired by the novel Fingersmith by British author Sarah Waters, THE HANDMAIDEN borrows the most dynamic elements of its source material and combines it with Park Chan-wook’s singular vision to create an unforgettable viewing experience.
The film was already released in South Korea last month, but it will be released stateside this October. Be sure to check it out!