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The surface is classical, but the perversity bubbles up from beneath.
The Korean provocateur Park Chan-wook would be the last director I’d have figured would make a lush, romantic, crowd-pleasing melodrama like The Handmaiden, which he adapted from Fingersmith (2002), by the Welsh novelist Sarah Waters. Park is the...
Park Chan-wook's Korean interpretation of Sarah Waters' "Fingersmith" is clever, heady and sensually lavish to a fault.
Boasting more tangled plots and bodies than an octopus has tentacles, South Korean auteur Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden is a bodice-ripper about a pickpocket who poses as a maid to swindle a sequestered heiress. His first Korean-language...
Venice winner blunt but effective.
AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR MOVING IMAGE: Repeatedly in Pieta, South Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk shows terrified clients desperately hoping to avoid a looming visit by a brutally callous loan shark, Kang-do (Lee Jeong-jin). Waves of fear come off the...
Korean spy games go nutty.
The tension of having a hostile neighbour has been a constant source of drama for South Korean movies since the countries’ inception. Whether it be the fallen woman of The Hand of Destiny (1954), the mixed emotions of the Sunshine era film JSA ...
Action goes sky high in South Korean disaster film.
As the planet’s most on-line nation and home to Jaebol powerhouses Samsung, LG and Hyundae, it shouldn’t come as news to anyone that South Korea is fond of technology. Accordingly, the commercial streams of the South Korean film industry also...
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