THE HAND­MAIDEN Di­rected by Chan-wook Park. Star­ring Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri, Ha Jung-woo , Cho Jin-woong

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Lovely, sex­u­ally ex­plicit Korean adap­ta­tion of Sarah Wal­ters’s Finger­smith. This is eas­ily the most lav­ish pe­riod piece of the past year, com­posed of strik­ing, be­witch­ing tableaux that could of­ten pass for an­cient scrolls or wood­cut­tings. The tricksy plot stream­lines and im­proves the fi­nal, messy sec­tion of the source novel to mislead even the most as­tute viewer. Not the grand, bloody spec­ta­cle we were ex­pected from the Stoker di­rec­tor, but a grand, bloody spec­ta­cle, none­the­less. 18 cert, lim­ited re­lease, 144 min

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