The Handmaiden was the best movie I have seen recently. In fact, it was such a good movie that I could not get rid of its influence after it ended. Finally, I had to get out of the house. On the other hand, I realized that I did not want to escape from the film’s beautiful atmosphere. I wanted to stay in it as much as possible. Old Boy’s director Park Chan-wook will blow your mind in this film too.
Fingersmith to The Handmaiden
The Handmaiden is based on Sarah Waters’ novel Fingersmith. Sarah Waters has been on my reading list for years, and after watching this film, I bought Tipping the Velvet. As you can understand, I am determined to consume anything that could inspire such a movie. I had watched South Korean director Park Chan-wook’s films Old Boy and Stoker before and loved them both. When I heard that he directed this film, I couldn’t help but watch it. Even though I watched Old Boy many times, it is one of the films that I never get tired of and always admire its magnificence. And now, The Handmaiden is already among the films that I would like to watch again and again.
Set in Korea in the 1930s (Japanese invasion) the film revolves around; A swindler who wants to be rich quickly, a girl working for him, a rich and fascinating man and his nephew who lives under his auspices. The beautifully crafted scenario, which includes twists and turns, is a masterpiece in itself with both its characters and its immersive subject. On top of it, the movie’s soundtrack, colours, and actors will stay with you for a long time.
Not to spoil it, I don’t want to write much so that its magic is still there. So for now, I will be content with just praising it and the feeling it left. If you are tired of the same Hollywood movies and looking for a slightly deeper, slightly better film, watch it tonight. If you haven’t watched a Park Chan-wook film before, you’ll want to watch it all one by one. As for this film, don’t read anything about it and just watch it. Enjoy!