DVD, Digital Release: The Handmaiden

Digital Release Date: Jan. 24, 2016, DVD Release Date: Jan. 24, 2016
Price: DVD $21.51
Studio: Sony

From celebrated Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Stoker), comes the acclaimed period crime drama The Handmaiden.

Based on the novel Fingersmith by British author Sarah Waters, The Handmaiden is a tale of deception and romance that relocates Waters’ story from Victorian-era England to Japanese-occupied 1930s Korea. Herein, a Korean street thief (newcomer Kim Tae-ri) poses as a maid as part of a conman’s (The Chaser’s Ha Jung-woo) plot to defraud a wealthy Japanese heiress (Right Now, Wrong Then’s Kim Min-hee).

A critical sensation, The Handmaiden was Certified Fresh (94%) on aggregator Rotten Tomatoes based on 137 published reviews.

On the festival circuit, it was nominated for the prestigious Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, where it picked up the Vulcain Prize for its stunning production design by Ryu Seong-hie.


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