Are You Ready for Park Chan-wook’s Next Mind Fork? The Answer Is No, You’re Probably Not


There are several films premiering at this year’s Cannes Film Festival that I’m already frothing at the mouth over, including Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson, and Pedro Almodóvar’s Julieta, but a new Park Chan-wook — well, that’s a whole other level of anticipation. Aside from knowing there’ll be some kind of mind-fork heading our way, the sumptuous visual feasts Park tends to serve sets whatever the brain equivalent of salivary glands is…dripping. Just a peek at this The Handmaiden trailer and we know we’re in for a treat.

Based on Sarah Waters’ Fingersmith, Park’s period thriller set (changed from the novel’s Victorian locale) in 1930s Korea and Japan follows a young woman (Kim Tae-ri) — a pickpocket — hired by a con man (Ha Jung-woo) to seduce and scam a wealthy heiress (Kim Min-hee). Simple, right? Yeah, I’m already wriggling in my seat with anticipation of the twisty path ahead. And just look at these shots…

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The Handmaiden is expected to have a late 2016 release.

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over ten years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.