LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Oldboy filmmaker Park Chan-wook's Fingersmith adaptation started production near Nagoya, Japan, last week.
A Korean reinterpretation of Sarah Waters' Victorian-era crime novel and lesbian love story of the same title, Chan's movie relocates the scene to Korea and Japan in the 1930s, when Korea was under Japanese occupation.
'Fingersmith' was made into a two-part BBC mini-series in 2005, starring Elaine Cassidy and Sally Hawkins. This new film adaptation has been written by Park's long-term screenwriter Chung Seo-kyung (Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, Thirst).
Fingersmith is Park's first Korean-language directorial piece in six years, since the Cannes-winning vampire film Thirst in 2009. In between he made his English-language debut, the ill-fated Stoker, in 2013.
Leading roles go to Kim Min-hee (No Tears for the Dead) and Kim Tae-ri, with Ha Jung-woo (Assassination) the male lead.
The completed film is set for a 2016 release.