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The Handmaiden ()

Ah-ga-ssi (original title)
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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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  • Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 67 wins & 106 nominations.
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Sook-Hee (as Tae Ri Kim)
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Bok-soon
Min-chae Yoo ...
Ggeut-dan
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Goo-gai
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Miss Sasaki (as Hae-suk Kim)
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Lady Hideko
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Count Fujiwara
Kyu-jung Lee ...
Maid 1
Si-eun Kim ...
Maid 2
Si-yeon Ha ...
Maid 3
Rina Takagi ...
Hideko's Mother
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Uncle Kouzuki (as Jin-woong Jo)
Geun-hee Won ...
Butler
Jong-Dae Kim ...
Mansion Driver
Han-sun Jang ...
Kouzuki Porter
Eun-yeong Kim ...
Maid 4
Ri-woo Kim ...
Japanese Officer 1
Shinsuke Fujimoto ...
Japanese Officer 2
Katsuhiro Nagano ...
Monk
Lee Ji-Ha ...
Female owner of ryokan
Tomomitsu Adachi ...
Mental Hospital Doctor 1
Takashi Kakizawa ...
Mental Hospital Doctor 2
Seo-Yoon Hwang ...
Mental Hospital Nurse 1
Shin-hye Park ...
Mental Hospital Nurse 2
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Young Hideko
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Aunt of Lady Hideko (as Moon So-Ri)
Ji-hye Lee ...
Young Hideko's Maid 1
So-Yeon Heo ...
Young Hideko's Maid 2
Yoon-jae Lee ...
'The Golden Lotus' Reading Guest 1
Jong-Ryul Choi ...
'The Golden Lotus' Reading Guest 2
Joon-woo Kim ...
'The Golden Lotus' Reading Guest 3
Il-Hyuk Bae ...
'The Golden Lotus' Reading Guest 4
Soo-Woong Kim ...
'The Golden Lotus' Reading Guest 5
Yong-Hyun Jo ...
'The Golden Lotus' Reading Guest 6
Ki-Ryung Park ...
'The Whip Speaks' Reading Guest 1
Byung Mo Choi ...
'The Whip Speaks' Reading Guest 2
Chang-Hyun Han ...
'The Whip Speaks' Reading Guest 3
In-woo Kim ...
'The Whip Speaks' Reading Guest 4
Hyeok Kwon ...
'The Whip Speaks' Reading Guest 5
Hyung-tae Im ...
'The Whip Speaks' Reading Guest 6
Ha-na Han ...
Junko
Jeong Ha-dam ...
Maid 5
Man-Seok Oh ...
'Bells of Passion' Reading Guest 1
Byung-gwi Kim ...
'Bells of Passion' Reading Guest 2
In-su Kim ...
'Bells of Passion' Reading Guest 3
Alexander Scarborough ...
Pyeonghwa Hotel Restaurant Manager
Jin-Chul Kim ...
Pyeonghwa Hotel Restaurant Guest 1
Do-Hyung Kim ...
Pyeonghwa Hotel Restaurant Guest 2
Eun-ji Hong ...
Pyeonghwa Hotel Restaurant Guest 3
Da-eun Song ...
Pyeonghwa Hotel Restaurant Guest 4
In-gyeom Jeong ...
Ronin 1
Gyeong-min Nam ...
Ronin 2
Ahn Seong-Bong ...
Harbor Ticket Office Ronin
Wook-Hyun Sun ...
Harbor Ticket Office Staff
In-Chul Lee ...
Photo Studio Owner

Directed by

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Park Chan-Wook

Written by

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Sarah Waters ... (inspired by the novel "Fingersmith" by) &
Seo-kyeong Jeong ... (screenplay) &
Park Chan-Wook ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Park Chan-Wook ... producer
Tae-sung Jeong ... co-executive producer
Wonjo Jeong ... co-producer
Jong-Dae Kim ... co-producer
Jay Lee ... associate producer
Miky Lee ... executive producer
Syd Lim ... producer
Suk-chan Yoon ... co-producer

Music by

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Yeong-wook Jo

Cinematography by

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Chung-hoon Chung

Film Editing by

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Jae-Bum Kim
Sang-beom Kim

Editorial Department

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Emily Eddey ... post production executive
Ryan McKeague ... post-production executive (uncredited)

Production Design by

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Seong-hie Ryu

Costume Design by

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Sang-gyeong Jo

Makeup Department

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Jong-hee Song ... make-up & hair designer

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jahye Lee ... trainee assistant director

Art Department

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Christian Thanh Nguyen ... graphic designer

Sound Department

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Fabrizio Cheloni ... sound
Min-kyung Cho ... dialogue editor
Eun-ah Choi ... supervising dialogue editor (as Eun-a Choi)
Jung Gun ... sound mixer
Yoon-sung Hong ... dialogue editor
Eun-jung Kim ... foley artist / foley editor
Suk-won Kim ... sound
Jung-ho Lee ... sound effects editor
Chul-woo Moon ... supervising sound editor

Special Effects by

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Ka Ryoon Kim ... special effects makeup

Visual Effects by

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Chang-bae Kang ... lead lighting artist
Jeon Hyoung Lee ... visual effects supervisor (as Jeon-hyeong Lee)
Jina Park ... Modeler: 4TH CREATIVE PARTY

Camera and Electrical Department

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Il-hyeok Bae ... lighting technician
Matthew Bulleri ... key grip
Jae-Hyeok Lee ... still photographer
Danny Park ... assistant camera

Casting Department

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Kumiko Hosokawa ... casting associate

Music Department

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Hong Dae-Sung ... additional composer
Kai Engel ... composer: additional music
Sebastian Gainsborough ... Trailer Music Composer
Jan Morgenstern ... composer: additional music
Tom Russbueldt ... recording engineer
Alexius Tschallener ... official trailer music / trailer score by

Additional Crew

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Inu Baek ... production assistant
Alexandre Bourg ... publicity assistant
Peter Wonsuk Jin ... screenplay english translation (as Jin Wonsuk)

Thanks

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Dylan Besseau ... thanks
Ayako Fujitani ... special thanks
Saemi Kim ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Never did they expect to get into a controversial relationship... See more »
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Additional Details

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Also Known As
  • Ahgassi (South Korea)
  • The Handmaiden (Singapore, English title)
  • The Handmaiden (United States)
  • The Handmaiden (Philippines, English title)
  • The Handmaiden (Ireland, English title)
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Runtime
  • 145 min
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Box Office

Budget KRW10,000,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $38,550,494

Did You Know?

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Trivia Both Japanese and Korean were spoken in the film by the predominately Korean cast. Before shooting, the Korean actors were all assigned Japanese teachers to study the script and learn to speak Japanese. After the screening at Cannes, actress Kim Min-hee was applauded by Japanese journalists for her proficiency in Japanese. See more »
Goofs The Count uses a propane gas lighter. That was impossible in 1930. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2018). See more »
Soundtracks The Song at the End of the Century See more »
Crazy Credits During the credits, the moon on the wall in the background shifts from full to new. See more »
Quotes Lady Hideko: The daughter of a legendary thief, who sewed winter coats out of stolen purses. Herself a thief, pickpocket, swindler. The saviour who came to tear my life apart. My Tamako. My Sookee.
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