Sarah Waters’ lesbian-themed novel Fingersmith got a lot of praise when it was first released, and was turned into a British mini-series in 2005. Now though it’s getting a bit of a cultural makeover from Park Chan-wook, the celebrated director of Oldboy, Lady Vegeance and Stoke.
Here’s the synopsis: ‘PARK presents a gripping and sensual tale of two women – a young Japanese Lady living on a secluded estate, and a Korean woman who is hired to serve as her new handmaiden, but is secretly plotting with a conman to defraud her of a large inheritance. Inspired by the novel Fingersmith by British author Sarah Waters, THE HANDMAIDEN borrows the most dynamic elements of its source material and combines it with PARK Chan-wook’s singular vision to create an unforgettable viewing experience.’
Take a look at the trailer for the new movie below. The Handmaiden is due out in US cinemas in October. [Read more…]