The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi)
The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016)

From PARK Chan-wook, the celebrated director of OLDBOY, LADY VENGEANCE, THIRST and STOKER, comes a ravishing new crime drama inspired by the novel 'FINGERSMITH' by British author Sarah Waters. Having transposed the story to… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 21, 2016
DVD Release Date: January 24, 2017
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Handmaiden uses a Victorian crime novel as the loose inspiration for another visually sumptuous and absorbingly idiosyncratic outing from director Park Chan-wook.

Tom Long
Detroit News

Go see it. If you love cinema at all, go see it.

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David Sims
The Atlantic

The Handmaiden is just pure cinema, a dizzying, disturbing fable of love and betrayal that piles on luxurious imagery, while never losing track of its story's human core.

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Britt Hayes

A gloriously sensual and impressively layered thriller that's every bit as Hitchcockian and gothic as its predecessor.

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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer

Far too good to be watched in one sitting.

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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

Park Chan-wook is a master of classy trash... There's artistry in his filmmaking, but also a lot of blood, plenty of sick humor and moments of sheer lunacy. The Handmaiden ranks among his best films yet.

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Peter Sobczynski

[Park] has taken what could have been an ordinary and genteel costume drama and transformed it into an electrifying work that is in equal parts smart, bizarre, darkly funny, violent, powerfully acted and genuinely erotic.

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James Berardinelli

Chan-wook Park's The Handmaiden is deliciously perverse, delightfully twisty, and unapologetically erotic.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

The surface is classical, while Park's perversity bubbles up from beneath.

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James Hadfield
Japan Times

There's clearly an audience for this kind of high-concept erotic twaddle, but if Park changes tack for his next film, I won't complain. He's having fun here; he's also only a few shades away from E.L. James.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Nate Zoebl
I'm glad there's still a filmmaker at the talent level of director Park Chan-wook (Oldboy) dedicated to making genuine Gothic romance with style and… More
K Nife Churchkey
An "erotic mystery set in Japanese occupied Korea" was certainly not on my radar earlier this year, but it turned out to be one of the best films to… More
Carlos Magalh„es
Park Chan-Wook explores the power of narrative (the way you tell a story and its ramifications), creating another astounding visual spectacle full of dark… More
Alec Barniskis
There are so many things happening here ranging from the lurid to the humorous to the genuinely romantic that the movie should completely collapse on itself.… More
Daniel Parsons
Near faultless film, beautifully acted and photographed, not to mention fantastically edited, and as an adaptation of The Fingersmith it is truly inspired.… More