The Handmaiden (2016)

The Handmaiden (2016)

  • 8.1
  • 2h 25min
  • Thriller, Romance, Drama
  • 2016-06-01 (USA)


1930s Korea, in the period of Japanese occupation, a new girl (Sookee) is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress (Hideko) who lives a secluded life on a large countryside estate with her domineering Uncle (Kouzuki). But the maid has a secret. She is a pickpocket recruited by a swindler posing as a Japanese Count to help him seduce the Lady to elope with him, rob her of her fortune, and lock her up in a madhouse. The plan seems to proceed according to plan until Sookee and Hideko discover some unexpected emotions.

Short Review

The drama combines the sumptuous art direction and black humor of Park's past work with a warmth and compassion that feeds the soul.