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First Look: Park Chan-wook’s New Film ‘The Handmaid’

First Look: Park Chan-wook's New Film 'The Handmaid'

It has been a few years since Park Chan-Wook went Hollywood with his severely heightened melodramatic thriller “Stoker,” and not much has been heard from the director since. We knew filming had started on his next effort, an adaptation of Sarah Waters‘ novel “Fingersmith,” but hadn’t been playing close attention. So this first look at the film is a nice surprise. 

READ MORE: Sundance Review: Silly & Cartoonish ‘Stoker’ Is A Garish Misfire For Park Chan-Wook

Ha Jung-woo, Kim Min-hee, Jo Jin-woong and Kim Tae-ri star in the movie which is set during the Japanese rule of Korea and follows a handmaid who employs the services of an heiress, con man and pickpocket. Waters’ novel has previously been adapted in a 3-hour BBC production starring Elaine Cassidy, Sally Hawkins, Imelda Staunton, Charles Dance and Rupert Evans. But clearly Chan-Wook is putting his own mark on the material.

There’s no release details yet, but I’d put a good bet on a Cannes premiere. [Twitch]

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