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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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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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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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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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Based on the novel "Fingersmith" by Sarah Waters (published in 2002 by Virago Press). The novel is set in London during the 19th century, but the film is set in Korea in the 1930s, under Japanese colonial rule. See more »

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

Quotes

Uncle Kouzuki: You have a week of freedom. But you must remember the thing in the cellar.
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References Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) See more »

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Pieces for Harpsichord: Suite in E minor, Tambourin
By Jean-Philippe Rameau
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The Korean legend returns; more debauched than ever, but funnier too.
7 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

I saw this tonight at London Film Festival and Park Chan Wook was there, to answer Q&A. A very special moment to me.

I would advise anyone new to Park Chan-Wook's filmography to first explore his vampire flick 'Thirst' which has a similar style. 'Oldboy' is a cult classic, but more of an opium-filled, octopus eating thrill-ride, which this film is NOT, so be advised. I also think having SOME knowledge of Japanese rule in Korea is essential for understanding this film, or it will be above your head. Do some surface-level research on Japanese annexation of Korea and specifically the infamous 'comfort women'.

Completed that? OK now you're ready for this journey.

Now let's focus on the best part. The villain. This IS the best villain in recent memory. Seriously as far back as Hannibal Lecter. Uncle Kouzuki, is more creepy than Burton's Penguin. Compulsory viewing. I cannot mention anymore out of fear for spoiling the intricate plot. Highly recommended.


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