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Ah-ga-ssi (2016)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 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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Cast

Credited cast:
... Lady Hideko
... Sook-Hee
... Count Fujiwara
... Uncle Kouzuki (as Jin-woong Jo)
... Miss Sasaki (as Hae-suk Kim)
... Aunt of Lady Hideko
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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 ... Audience Member
Dong-hwi Lee ... Goo-gai
Kyu-jung Lee ... Maid 1
... Bok-soon
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Storyline

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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Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

KRW 10,000,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$92,129, 23 October 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,005,473, 17 February 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,968,494, 22 January 2017
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2.35 : 1
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The song played in the official trailer of this film is "Red Sex" by Vessel from their album "Punish, Honey" released in 2014. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[last lines]
Count Fujiwara: Even like this, dying is a luxury.
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References Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) See more »

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So This was the Scent
Vocals by Tae-ri Kim
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Outstanding masterpiece.
28 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

The Handmaiden was an outstanding masterpiece, a pure work of art. It covered the whole spectrum of human emotion: Lust, love, hate, vicious moral decay, and all matters of perversion. And all presented in such a raw and passionate intensity, always keeping you on your toes. And I haven't even stared gushing about the cinematography - simply breathtaking, from start to finish. I quite liked Stoker, but not as much as Oldboy, which was fantastic. But Handmaiden has been my favorite work from visionary director Park Chank-Wook so far. Cannot wait to see what he will baffle us with next.


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