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The 15 Greatest Lesbian Movies of All Time, Ranked

8 May 2017 10:57 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Narrowing down the 15 best movies in any genre is tough, but for lesbian films you have to begin with a reductive question: What is a lesbian film? What, in fact, is a lesbian? (But that’s a different piece). Must the film focus primarily on a gay storyline, or can it feature strong lesbian characters doing something entirely different than just being lesbians? Is subtext enough? How much cinephile wrath will rain down on us for the absence of a certain recent Oscar nominee?

Ultimately, the best lesbian films honor the traditions of queer cinema in all of its glory: Strong women, high entertainment value, and bold visuals reign supreme. Too often, lesbian characters are either unattractive man-haters or used for titillation. These movies reclaim all of that; they’re the movies you will see played on a loop in the club, or at an underground rooftop movie night. Some »

- Jude Dry

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The Handmaiden review – a ripe, erotic tale

16 April 2017 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Park Chan-wook refashions Sarah Waters’s Fingersmith into a perverse psychodrama that wrongfoots you at every turn

There are giddy pleasures to be found in this rip-roaringly ripe erotic thriller/melodrama from Oldboy director Park Chan-wook. Inspired by Sarah Waters’s 2002 novel Fingersmith, The Handmaiden is a playfully provocative tale of seduction, desire and deceit. Slyly undermining stereotypes of fall guys and femmes fatales (this is more Bound than Basic Instinct), Park’s film takes great delight in wrong-footing its audience, peeling away layers of mesmerising misdirection with delicious cinematic sleight of hand. As the serpentine narrative spirals back and forth upon itself, we witness the same events from multiple perspectives, each one more revealing than the last.

In Waters’s novel (adapted as a BBC mini-series in 2005), an accomplished pickpocket is plucked from a Dickensian den to work in an upmarket home where she plays a key role in »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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The Handmaiden movie review: the women pushing back against misogyny, thwarted by their own film

14 April 2017 9:49 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take… The intrigue, shifting alliances, and twisted revenge? Delicious, pulpy fun. The male-gazey soft-core porn that undermines the female protagonists? Not so much. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for stories about women

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

In Japanese-occupied 1930s Korea, a Korean con man (Jung-woo Ha) and a Korean pickpocket (Tae-ri Kim) conspire to steal the fortune of sheltered Japanese heiress Lady Hideko (Min-hee Kim). He will pose as “Count Fujiwara” and woo Hideko, while thief Sook-Hee will become Hideko’s shy new maid “Tamako” and convince the lady to run off with the handsome and romantic count instead of marrying her hideous widowed uncle-by-marriage Kouzuki (Jin-woong Jo), who of course is (also) only after his niece’s money. The plan is, after “Fujiwara” and Hideko are wed, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Park Chan-Wook’s ‘The Handmaiden’ is Now Available on Amazon Prime Video

14 April 2017 3:17 AM, PDT | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

 

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 1930s-era colonial Korea and Japan, Park presents a gripping and sensual tale of a young Japanese Lady living on a secluded estate, and a Korean woman who is hired to serve as her new handmaiden, but who is secretly involved in a conman’s plot to defraud her of her large inheritance.

Powered by remarkable performances from Kim Min-hee (Right Now, Wrong Then) as Lady Hideko, Ha Jung-woo (The Chaser) as the conman who calls himself the Count and sensational debut actress Kim Tae-ri as the maid Sookee, The Handmaiden borrows the most dynamic elements of its source material and combines it with Park Chan-wook’s singular vision and energy to create an unforgettable viewing experience. »

- The Tiger

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Movie Review – The Handmaiden (2016)

14 April 2017 2:55 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Handmaiden, 2016.

Directed by Park Chan-wook

Starring Min-hee Kim, Tae-ri Kim, Jung-woo Ha, and Jin-woong Jo.

Synopsis:

Japanese heiress Hideko employs a new handmaiden, Sook-hee, but what she doesn’t know is that the girl is a pickpocket.  She’s been recruited by a con artist who aims to marry her mistress and swindle her out of her fortune.  The plot seems to be going according to plan, until Hideko starts to fall for her maid.

For Victorian England, read Korea under Japanese occupation in the 1930s. Oldboy director Park Chan-wook has taken Sarah Waters’ 2002 novel Fingersmith and changed its location and timing, turning it into luxurious thriller with more twists and turns than the writhing octopus that one of the characters keeps crammed into an all-too-small tank.  The result is The Handmaiden, the director’s first Korean film after Stoker.

Sook-hee (Tae-ri Kim) comes from poverty, the daughter of a notorious pickpocket. »

- Freda Cooper

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The Handmaiden Shows Two Faces through Video-on-demand Today!

13 April 2017 4:33 PM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Director Park Chan-wook's (Oldboy, 2003) The Handmaiden is releasing on Amazon Prime, today. The film is a bit of a genre bender, with elements of mystery, erotica and crime drama appearing. Shot in Korean and the Japanese language, the film is being offered, exclusively on Amazon Prime, with English subtitles. Kim Min-hee, Ha Jung-woo, Kim Tae-ri and Cho Jin-woong star in this feature. Based on Sarah Waters' novel Fingersmith, the film involves a conspiracy to rob a woman of her large inheritance, through any means necessary. A trailer and release details, for The Handmaiden, are hosted here. For more on the story, a Japanese lady lives in a secluded estate. A Korean woman is hired as a handmaiden, on this estate. Sookee (Tae-ri Kim) is working with a local conman, Count Fujiwara (Ha Jung-woo), to strip Lady Hideko of her wealth. But, Lady Hideko has plans of her own. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Michael Allen)

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The Handmaiden review – suspense thriller drenched with sex | Peter Bradshaw's film of the week

13 April 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Park Chan-wook’s adaptation of Sarah Waters’ novel Fingersmith, relocated to 1930s Korea, is an erotic triumph – with a whiplash twist

With his erotic classic In the Realm of the Senses from 1976, the Japanese director Nagisa Oshima achieved the distinction of popularising auto-erotic strangling in the Us. Will Korean film-maker Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden be able to claim anything comparable? This film’s addictive and outrageous sexiness might just create an international fad for filing down your lover’s crooked tooth in the bath with the finely serrated surface of a thimble. It’s a quasi blowjob scene that sounds bizarre in print. On screen, it was so extraordinary that I almost forgot to breathe.

Related: The Handmaiden: the return of erotic cinema

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- Peter Bradshaw

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Park Chan-wook interview: The Handmaiden, film critics

13 April 2017 6:51 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Apr 14, 2017

Eminent director Park Chan-wook talks to us about the themes in his new film, The Handmaiden, and lots and more...

One day, science will finally deliver us the electronic equivalent of a Babel fish: a little device you can put in your ear that will interpret and translate your words as they're spoken. That way, people from opposing planet will be able to hold fluid conversations despite speaking completely different languages.

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This sprang to mind as we sat down with Park Chan-wook, the Korean director of films as Oldboy, Stoker and I'm A Cyborg, But That's Ok. Despite the stunning mental agility of a translator, who renders my mumblings in to Korean and Director Park's responses into English, the back-and-forth is painfully slow. All of this explains why the interview below, despite lasting 20 minutes, only contains a »

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The Handmaiden review

13 April 2017 12:15 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Oldboy director Park Chan-wook returns with The Handmaiden - an erotic thriller that is downright unmissable...

There’s a lush, operatic quality to Park Chan-wook’s movies, whether they’re dealing with vampires (2009's Thirst) or bitter tales of revenge (Sympathy For Mr Vengeance, Oldboy). The director brings his unwavering eye for minute detail to The Handmaiden, a deliciously lurid thriller which takes Sarah Waters' British novel, Fingersmith, and moves it to 1940s Korea.

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At first, it looks as though we’re in for an intimate little chamber piece about a demure handmaiden, her wealthy young Japanese mistress and the latter’s suitor, a handsome nobleman who teaches her how to draw and paint. A passionate love triangle develops between them; Lady Hideko (Kim Min-hee) and Count Fujiwara (Ha Jung-woo) are engaged to marry, yet a frisson of sexual chemistry »

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Exclusive: Park Chan-wook on The Handmaiden, getting in touch with his feminine side & criticising the male gaze

11 April 2017 5:46 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Stefan Pape

 

Renowned primarily for his contemporary classic Oldboy, Park Chan-wook has just crafted one of his very best yet, with the sumptuous, electric thriller The Handmaiden. When the film played at the London Film Festival we were fortunate enough to be granted some time with this ingenious auteur, to discuss this indelible piece of cinema, which owes a lot to the success of the filmmaker’s seminal piece – which helped establish South Korea as a shining light in world cinema.

Sat down next to his translator, Park took a somewhat more modest view, claiming it’s the work of other directors from his homeland which have allowed for the industry to flourish, and see budgets for films such as The Handmaiden now be available to filmmakers.

“I may have been somewhat responsible for Korean films being discovered outside of Korea, but in terms of filmmakers who impacted the »

- Stefan Pape

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Sarah Waters: ‘The Handmaiden turns pornography into a spectacle – but it's true to my novel'

8 April 2017 3:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Waters’ hit novel Fingersmith, about a lesbian love affair in Victorian England, has been transported to 1930s Korea for a new film. The author explains how it remains faithful to her original

“‘You pearl,’ I said. So white she was.” With these words, Sarah Waters confirmed the arrival of a world-class writer capable of turning conventional literary erotics upside-down and inside-out. The dialogue is uttered in a scene of lesbian lovemaking that has been cited by both male and female, gay and heterosexual commentators as one of the sexiest encounters in literature.

Waters’ first two novels, Tipping the Velvet and Affinity, had signalled a powerful new voice in lesbian fiction, but Fingersmith took it to a new level, its kaleidoscopic prose and structure creating a dizzying variety of desires and perspectives. Shortlisted for the Booker prize, it was one of David Bowie’s 100 must-read novels and has had a lusty afterlife in theatre and TV. »

- Claire Armitstead

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Sarah Waters: ‘The Handmaiden turns pornography into a spectacle – but it's true to my novel'

8 April 2017 3:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Waters’ hit novel Fingersmith, about a lesbian love affair in Victorian England, has been transported to 1930s Korea for a new film. The author explains how it remains faithful to her original

“‘You pearl,’ I said. So white she was.” With these words, Sarah Waters confirmed the arrival of a world-class writer capable of turning conventional literary erotics upside-down and inside-out. The dialogue is uttered in a scene of lesbian lovemaking that has been cited by both male and female, gay and heterosexual commentators as one of the sexiest encounters in literature.

Waters’ first two novels, Tipping the Velvet and Affinity, had signalled a powerful new voice in lesbian fiction, but Fingersmith took it to a new level, its kaleidoscopic prose and structure creating a dizzying variety of desires and perspectives. Shortlisted for the Booker prize, it was one of David Bowie’s 100 must-read novels and has had a lusty afterlife in theatre and TV. »

- Claire Armitstead

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‘Maudie’ Trailer: Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke Embark in a Romance in New Biopic — Watch

5 April 2017 3:22 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Sony Pictures Classics has released a new trailer for its upcoming biopic “Maudie.” The film, which is based on the real-life story of Canadian artist Maud Lewis, hails from director Aisling Walsh (“Fingersmith”). It screened at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals last year, and is now ready for its theatrical release this summer.

Read More: Telluride Review: ‘Maudie’ Is A Paint By Numbers Love Story

Written by Sherry White, “Maudie” takes place in Nova Scotia around the 1930s. It follows an artist (Sally Hawkins) who works as a housekeeper for an orphaned fish peddler (Ethan Hawke), all the while working on her real passion–, painting. Eventually, she becomes one of the most beloved folk artists in her community.

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Hawkins was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award in 2014 for her role in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine.” In 2009, she won a Golden Globe for “Happy-Go-Lucky. »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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The Handmaiden: the return of erotic cinema

14 March 2017 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Eroticism has long been a dirty word in film. But a new thriller about a clandestine affair between two women in 1930s Korea returns the genre to its transgressive roots.

Is eroticism fashionable in the cinema again? Is it valid to admit wanting it in the darkness of the auditorium – like fear at a horror film, or happiness at a romcom, or sadness at a weepie?

The question arises from Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden, which is out next month. Intricate, intimate, gorgeously detailed and bejewelled, it is the Korean director’s brilliant version of the novel Fingersmith by British author Sarah Waters, with the setting changed from Victorian London to 1930s Korea under Japanese colonial rule.

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- Peter Bradshaw

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Park Chan-Wook’s The Handmaiden Blu-ray Release Date

3 March 2017 7:18 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Here is some exciting news if you weren't able to see Park Chan-Wook's latest film during its many festivals runs last year: The Handmaiden is coming to Blu-ray on March 28th!

Blu-ray.com reports that Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release Park Chan-Wook's The Handmaiden on Blu-ray on March 28th. No special features have been announced, but we'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further details as they are revealed.

Synopsis: "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 »

- Tamika Jones

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‘Maudie’ Trailer: Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke in Aisling Walsh’s Biopic

20 February 2017 2:07 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

After screening in Telluride and Toronto last fall, “Maudie” is finally ready to tell the masses about the life of Canadian artist Maud Lewis. Sally Hawkins stars in the biopic, which was directed by Aisling Walsh, who previously helmed a BBC miniseries adaptation of Sarah Waters’ “Fingersmith” (which also served as the inspiration for Park Chan-wook’s “The Handmaiden”). Watch the trailer below.

Read More: Telluride Review: ‘Maudie’ Is A Paint By Numbers Love Story

The film takes place in Nova Scotia circa the 1930s and finds the desperate artist taking a job working for a fish peddler played by Ethan Hawke. Lewis, one of her country’s most highly regarded folk artists, specialized in small paintings depicting outdoor settings; the small size of her canvases had to do with Lewis’ rheumatoid arthritis.

Read More: Fox Searchlight Acquires ‘A United Kingdom,’ Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up ‘Maudie

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- Michael Nordine

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Giveaway: Win Park Chan-wook’s ‘The Handmaiden’ on DVD

26 January 2017 7:18 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

One of the very best films of last year, Park Chan-wook‘s erotic thriller The Handmaiden, arrives on DVD this week. We’ve teamed with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to give it away five copies to our readers. All entries must be received by 11:59 Pm Est on Tuesday, January 31st.

To enter, do the first two steps and then each additional one counts as another entry into the contest.

1. Like The Film Stage on Facebook

2. Follow The Film Stage on Twitter

Follow @TheFilmStage

3. Comment in the box on Facebook with your favorite South Korean film.

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