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Ah-ga-ssi (2016)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 1 June 2016 (South Korea)
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A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her.

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Count Fujiwara
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Uncle Kouzuki
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Miss Sasaki
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Aunt of Lady Hideko
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Si-yeon Ha ...
Maid 3
Ha-na Han ...
Junko
Ha-dam Jeong ...
Maid 5
Eun-hyung Jo ...
Young Hideko
Eun-yeong Kim ...
Maid 4
In-woo Kim ...
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Goo-gai
Kyu-jung Lee ...
Maid 1
Yong-nyeo Lee ...
Bok-soon
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1930s Korea, in the period of Japanese occupation, a new girl (Sookee) is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress (Hideko) who lives a secluded life on a large countryside estate with her domineering Uncle (Kouzuki). But the maid has a secret. She is a pickpocket recruited by a swindler posing as a Japanese Count to help him seduce the Lady to elope with him, rob her of her fortune, and lock her up in a madhouse. The plan seems to proceed according to plan until Sookee and Hideko discover some unexpected emotions. Written by CJ Entertainment

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1 June 2016 (South Korea)  »

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Budget:

KRW 10,000,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$92,129 (USA) (21 October 2016)

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$200,710 (USA) (10 February 2017)
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Before filming, director Park sent the completed script to source writer Sarah Waters for comments. Waters liked the script but felt that it is more appropriate to say that the film was ''inspired by" the novel Fingersmith. See more »

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The Count uses a propane gas lighter. That was impossible in 1930. See more »

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Count Fujiwara: Women love to play with fate.
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Old Scars and Fresh Pink Wounds
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Not Old Boy, but that's OK
16 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

Sex. One of the most overused element in cinema and often mis-used and unnecessary. I was concerned when this movie is announced, a mis-used sex scene could make the movie feels cheap.

This movie did manage to get it quite right.There were scenes of sexual attractions in many parts of the movie but it did not take away all other elements that were done well in the movie.

Thematically beautiful, the mansion itself is split half between a western and Japanese. The costume design and cinematography are perfect. The west : grand and luxury; The Japanese : Clean, simple elegant design.

The story can be summed up as a hero saving a princess and is split into 3 parts. I loved the first two parts, the third part was the only disappointing part where the plot was predictable and not as interesting and it being the last part makes the movie fell short.

The music is perfect. Just like Old Boy, music is more crucial than other movies. Old Boy is a movie that would make you think of a modernized hero revenge movie that is both realistic and unbelievable. The music have strong presence to help build up that world. Same goes with this movie as it is also a very realistic setting (you know the period of time it is based upon, the characters motives are clear and their actions are) yet with some very unbelievable events when you add everything together.

It isn't a perfect movie, I saw some editing that could be improved here and there. The last part was also a small disappointment for myself. But it is a damn unique movie that you have to watch.


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