The Handmaiden

The Handmaiden

DVD - 2017 | Multiple languages
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A woman hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress is involved in a plot to defraud her.
Audience: Must be 18 YEARS OR OLDER to borrow this item.
OFA rating: 18A.
Publisher: Toronto : Mongrel Media, 2017.
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Handm
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (145 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm.
Alternative Title: Ah-ga-ss [videorecording (DVD)]
Language Note: In Japanese and Korean with English and French subtitles.

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아가씨 (2016) 스릴러.
김민희, 하정우 주연


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gobula
May 21, 2018

This movie was absolutely gorgeous and the changes from the book were welcome, interesting, and very surprising. The sex scenes were reeeeeeeally exploitative, however.

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publicenemy46
May 19, 2018

I really enjoyed this movie a whole lot very good script . The movie was well acted and directed. The female had great courage to do some those scenes in the movie .

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wyllow
Jan 05, 2018

This movie was in turns beautiful and repulsive, seductive and horrifying. It was surprising and I loved it, even though I sometimes found it hard to watch. To comment more would give away some of the plot twists, but it must be seen to the end to be fully appreciated.

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Ron@Ottawa
Nov 30, 2017

I am sure this film is not for everyone but I find it very, very engaging. Director Park once again showed that he is one of the fore-running directors of the current era. The film is filled with scenes of eroticism, as well as some pretty gruesome scenes toward the end. Camera work provides visually stunning results. This is one of the best films from S. Korea, which now excels in electronics, autos, and cinema.

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Daikipranesh
Sep 28, 2017

Visually beautiful--with a stunning setting: a rural mansion with Japanese and English architecture. Two beautiful female leads, Kim Min-hee and Kim Tae-ri, are involved in love, service, trickery, and eroticism. The plot is built in three chapters, each section subtly retold to further unravel the motivations of the characters.

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empbee
Sep 12, 2017

A beautifully made movie with its perversity. The story is engaging, the characters are fascinating, they all undulate. The naked scenes are like sculptures.

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kyc14
Jul 23, 2017

1. this is the first film that i saw from director park chan-wook. i am impressed w/ his film style & techniques that admittedly have propelled him & korean cinema to a world-class status.
2. the acting for all 3 main characters are delivered superbly. the pace & fluidity of the storytelling are outstanding among asian drama films.
3. are the sexually explicit scenes too offensive & unnecessary? i don’t think so. contrarily, these scenes that involved the handmaiden & her lady have created sensual & erotic feelings that are fitting to the story. they both have not been exposed to intimacy or sexuality until their encounter in their respective roles in the story. it is their mutual erotic relationship that ultimately changed the ending of the conman's scheme. despite being graphic & intense, the scenes are composed w/ a gradual & emotional push, more so than other sexual scenes in french or italian films (whether now or 1970’s).
4. then i learned more about the director from wikipedia. this latest film certainly would affirm again his status of “acclaimed”, “award-winning” or “top director” in global cinema.

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jjmswhaterever
Jun 30, 2017

Deviant & creepy & definitely soft core porn under the guise of an art film...if you're into S & M ... then this is right down your alley. A lot of better erotic films are out ... this is not one of them.

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val1
Jun 21, 2017

This film started off slow but really drew you in as you watched because you just had to see what would happen next. Really awesome picture!

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lindy919
Jun 11, 2017

I almost turned this off but I'm glad I watched it all the way thru. Very unusual movie with sex scenes that stop just short of porn. Good twists and laying out of the story into three chapters.

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Wootex
Dec 31, 2016

Violence: Scene of torture.

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Wootex
Dec 31, 2016

Sexual Content: Fairly long and fairly explicit sex scenes.

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andr3wr3na
Mar 01, 2017

andr3wr3na thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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jimg2000
Jun 07, 2017

Quite a few quotes in IMDb, but not this one:

The dirty scoundrel:

Me, a colonial boy working as a tout at a brothel. Some Englishmen who frequented
the brothel recognized me. I thought they'd call the maître d' and kick me out, but what do you know? They were amused I'd spend a month's pay on one dignified meal. They started calling me 'Count' and taught me manners to go with the name. Frankly, I'm not that interested in money itself. What I desire is, how shall I put it... The manner of ordering wine without looking at the price? Something like that.

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