Director Park Chan-wook’s new film “The Handmaiden” follows a young Korean thief hired by a con man to be a part of a scam involving a rich Japanese heiress. Adapted from Sarah Waters’ novel “Fingersmith,” the film stars Ha Jung-woo (“Time”), Kim Min-hee (“Right Now, Wrong Then”), Jo Jin-Woong (“Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time”), and newcomer Kim Tae-ri. “The Handmaiden” will premiere in competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Watch the new international trailer above. It does not contain English subtitles.
Park Chan-wook first garnered widespread critical success with his 2003 mystery thriller “Oldboy,” which won the Grand Prix at that year’s Cannes awards and received positive notices from Roger Ebert and director Quentin Tarantino. Ten years later, Spike Lee directed an American remake of the film. “The Handmaiden” signals Park’s return to South Korean after his 2013 English-language debut “Stoker,” which debuted at Sundance to mostly positive reviews.
Amazon Studios picked up the U.S. rights to “The Handmaiden” back in February and will distribute the film in the states sometime in the future.