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.

  • Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 69 wins & 108 nominations.
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Sook-Hee (as Tae Ri Kim)
Min-chae Yoo ...
Miss Sasaki (as Hae-suk Kim)
Lady Hideko
Count Fujiwara
Kyu-jung Lee ...
Maid 1
Si-eun Kim ...
Maid 2
Si-yeon Ha ...
Maid 3
Rina Takagi ...
Hideko's Mother
Uncle Kouzuki (as Jin-woong Jo)
Geun-hee Won ...
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 ...
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
Young Hideko
Aunt of Lady Hideko (as Moon So-Ri)
Lee Ji-hye ...
Young Hideko's Maid 1
So-Yeon Heo ...
Young Hideko's Maid 2
Lee Yoon-jae ...
'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 ...
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
Harbor Ticket Office Ronin (as Ahn Seong-Bong)
Wook-Hyun Sun ...
Harbor Ticket Office Staff
In-Chul Lee ...
Photo Studio Owner

Directed by

Park Chan-wook

Written by

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

Produced by

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

Music by

Yeong-wook Jo

Cinematography by

Chung-hoon Chung

Film Editing by

Jae-Bum Kim
Sang-beom Kim

Editorial Department

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

Production Design by

Seong-hie Ryu

Costume Design by

Jo Sang-gyeong

Makeup Department

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

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Jahye Lee ... trainee assistant director

Art Department

Christian Thanh Nguyen ... graphic designer

Sound Department

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

Kim Ka-ryoon ... special effects makeup

Visual Effects by

Ji-Hyun Jung ... modeler: 4th Creative Party
Chang-bae Kang ... lead lighting artist
On-you Kim ... visual effects artist
Jeon Hyoung Lee ... visual effects supervisor (as Jeon-hyeong Lee)
Jina Park ... Modeler: 4TH CREATIVE PARTY

Camera and Electrical Department

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

Casting Department

Kumiko Hosokawa ... casting associate

Music Department

Hong Dae-Sung ... additional composer
Kai Engel ... composer: additional music
Sebastian Gainsborough ... Trailer Music Composer
Fredericke Kaiser ... musician: oboe
Eric Kirchhoff ... musician: flute
Mimi Lee ... music preparation
Tobias Lehmann ... mix
Milos Mitriovski ... musician: violin
Jan Morgenstern ... composer: additional music
Mark Müdig ... musician: percussion
Piotr Prysiaznik ... musician: violin
Maryjka Pstrokonska-Mudig ... musican: cello
Tim Ribchester ... musician: piano
Tom Russbueldt ... recording engineer
Maria Smirnova ... musician: harp
Sebastian Sokol ... musician: violin
Paul Straka ... musician: bassoon
Tomasz Tomaszewski ... musician: violin
Alexius Tschallener ... official trailer music / trailer score by

Additional Crew

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


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

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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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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Ahgassi (South Korea)
  • The Handmaiden (South Africa, English title)
  • The Handmaiden (Singapore, English title)
  • The Handmaiden (United States)
  • The Handmaiden (Thailand, English title)
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  • 145 min
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Budget KRW10,000,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $38,550,494

Did You Know?

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 »
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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