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Ah-ga-ssi ()


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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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Awards:
  • Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 61 wins & 92 nominations.
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Cast

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Lady Hideko
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Sook-Hee
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Count Fujiwara
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Uncle Kouzuki (as Jin-woong Jo)
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Miss Sasaki (as Hae-suk Kim)
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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
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Bok-soon
Kim Si-eun ...
Maid 2
Rina Takagi ...
Hideko's Mother
Min-chae Yoo ...
Ggeut-dan

Directed by

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Chan-wook Park

Written by

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

Produced by

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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
Chan-wook Park ... 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

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)

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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Kai Engel ... composer: additional music
Jan Morgenstern ... composer: additional music
Tom Russbueldt ... recording engineer
Alexius Tschallener ... official trailer music / trailer score by

Other crew

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

Thanks

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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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Also Known As
  • Ahgassi (South Korea)
  • The Handmaiden (World-wide, English title)
  • Mademoiselle (France)
  • Die Taschendiebin (Germany)
  • La doncella (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 144 min
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Box Office

Budget KRW10,000,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $1,968,494, 22 Jan 2017

Did You Know?

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Trivia The film title in Korean (Ah-ga-ssi) means ''The Lady'' referring to Lady Hideko, while the English/International title is The Handmaiden referring to Sook-hee. 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 »
Quotes Lady Hideko: My saviour who came to ruin my life. My Tamako, my Sookee.
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