The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) Reviews

  • 5d ago

    Good story, several emotions and feelings you get watching this very good movie, exotic, real, dramatic, changing, good actings or performances, very good in all senses. 4.5 stars

    Good story, several emotions and feelings you get watching this very good movie, exotic, real, dramatic, changing, good actings or performances, very good in all senses. 4.5 stars

  • Oct 03, 2019

    Unpredictable with lots of shocking Japanese fantasies.

    Unpredictable with lots of shocking Japanese fantasies.

  • Aug 14, 2019

    The Handmaiden is a 2016 South Korean erotic psychological thriller film directed by Park Chan-wook. It's hard not to enjoy the period settings and skillful direction here, with each of the three acts presenting the story from a different angle. While the film is a little too long, I was involved in the narrative and wanted to see how it ended, in a somewhat surprising manner. 1001

    The Handmaiden is a 2016 South Korean erotic psychological thriller film directed by Park Chan-wook. It's hard not to enjoy the period settings and skillful direction here, with each of the three acts presenting the story from a different angle. While the film is a little too long, I was involved in the narrative and wanted to see how it ended, in a somewhat surprising manner. 1001

  • Jul 30, 2019

    This a is a movie close to perfection

    This a is a movie close to perfection

  • Jul 27, 2019

    This movie is a masterpiece. It will just pull you in. All of it worked together perfectly: the acting, cinematography and other elements that made up the film, superb music as well! But all on all, this is such an experience that one might remember forever. The story was predictable but the execution made it very fresh.

    This movie is a masterpiece. It will just pull you in. All of it worked together perfectly: the acting, cinematography and other elements that made up the film, superb music as well! But all on all, this is such an experience that one might remember forever. The story was predictable but the execution made it very fresh.

  • Jul 05, 2019

    Well a feast for my eyes! Visually stunning first foray into South Korean world cinema. The Handmaiden is based on a Victorian England crime novel Fingersmith but with the locale cleverly moved to 1930s Korea under Japanese rule. The film has deceit, secrets, plans and some pretty steamy lesbian scenes thrown in for good measure. Director Chan-Wook Park has made a 145 minute foreign language film really interesting. I made the mistake of watching this film over two sittings. Split into three acts with multiple timelines it needs a single viewing. The plot follows Sook-Hee, a handmaiden (servant) to a rich Japanese heiress who is being conned by a Korean con man. Or is she? The film has more twists than a fairground twister ride!

    Well a feast for my eyes! Visually stunning first foray into South Korean world cinema. The Handmaiden is based on a Victorian England crime novel Fingersmith but with the locale cleverly moved to 1930s Korea under Japanese rule. The film has deceit, secrets, plans and some pretty steamy lesbian scenes thrown in for good measure. Director Chan-Wook Park has made a 145 minute foreign language film really interesting. I made the mistake of watching this film over two sittings. Split into three acts with multiple timelines it needs a single viewing. The plot follows Sook-Hee, a handmaiden (servant) to a rich Japanese heiress who is being conned by a Korean con man. Or is she? The film has more twists than a fairground twister ride!

  • May 20, 2019

    When people talk about 'Subverting Expectations' this should be an example they pull from. This movie brilliantly lays out a complex story of interwoven perspectives. An absolute masterpiece and must-see of a movie.

    When people talk about 'Subverting Expectations' this should be an example they pull from. This movie brilliantly lays out a complex story of interwoven perspectives. An absolute masterpiece and must-see of a movie.

  • May 04, 2019

    Beautifully disturbing erotic, and with nice twists that change the whole experience in an instant

    Beautifully disturbing erotic, and with nice twists that change the whole experience in an instant

  • Apr 22, 2019

    Park Chan-wook offers a particular insight of sexual liberation and identity with the help of a splendid production and strong performances, as we're all already used to from his work, crafting material that for other filmmakers could be considered "overly-complex" or too explicit in terms of storytelling, this dated drama might just be his lightest in regards of these categories, not to forget an hyperactive edition that often messes with the rhythm, but we have Kim Tae-ri and Min-Hee Kim to compensate for these little flaws.

    Park Chan-wook offers a particular insight of sexual liberation and identity with the help of a splendid production and strong performances, as we're all already used to from his work, crafting material that for other filmmakers could be considered "overly-complex" or too explicit in terms of storytelling, this dated drama might just be his lightest in regards of these categories, not to forget an hyperactive edition that often messes with the rhythm, but we have Kim Tae-ri and Min-Hee Kim to compensate for these little flaws.

  • Apr 05, 2019

    La primera parte te envuelve bastante, hay un giro de tuerca sobresaliente... le sobra media hora a la película, y es un poco bizarro, como el humor asiatico.

    La primera parte te envuelve bastante, hay un giro de tuerca sobresaliente... le sobra media hora a la película, y es un poco bizarro, como el humor asiatico.