After setting Sundance on fire with non-stop distribution deals, including ones for “Manchester by the Sea” and “Wiener-Dog,” Amazon Studios has done the same at the European Film Market in Berlin by securing U.S. distribution rights to Park Chan-wook’s highly anticipated “The Handmaiden.” The film marks the first Korean-language drama the director has made since 2009’s “The Thirst.” The director had his international breakout with “Oldboy.”
Adapted from the British novel “Fingersmith” by Sarah Waters, “The Handmaiden” centers around a scam devised by a scrappy female thief and a charming con man. The woman infiltrates the home of a Japanese heiress as her personal servant and seduces her, but her intensions are more sinister than anyone expects. Korean stars Ha Jung-woo, Kim Min-hee, Jo Jin-woong and Kim Tae-ri make up the ensemble caset.
Amazon purchased the film from CJ Entertainment, who found great success handling the film at the EFM and sold it to 116 territories. The film is now the company’s second biggest advance seller, after Bong Joon-ho’s “Snowpiercer,” which Chan-wook previously produced.
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No release date has been set for “The Handmaiden” yet.