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Sunday News - - SOUND AND VISION -

Me­moirs of a Geisha this ain’t. Fans of Korean di­rec­tor Park Chan Wook will have some idea of what to ex­pect from this un­likely 2016 adap­ta­tion of Sarah Waters’ 2002 novel Finger­smith. From Old Boy to Lady Vengeance and Stoker, Wook has cre­ated blood­soaked and sen­sual tales of re­venge that boast im­agery that sears into your me­mory. If the plot is filled with sala­cious mo­ments and head- spin­ning changes in di­rec­tion, then the true de­lights of The Hand­maiden are in the de­tails. Just 14 months af­ter it aired in the United King­dom, Sky fi­nally gets around to show­ing the fi­nal Mel, Sue and Mary sea­son of this much-loved re­al­ity cook­ing com­pe­ti­tion. First up, the 12 new am­a­teur bak­ers take on cake week. The pop­u­lar Aus­tralasian drama re­turns for a third sea­son, which will see the town mount­ing a search-and-res­cue op­er­a­tion, the ar­rival of twins bring­ing more than just pa­ter­nity com­pli­ca­tions, and Ge­orge (Erik Thom­son) fac­ing a moral dilemma. ’’There’s still a sense of play­ful­ness, but it’s evenly bal­anced with the more weighty plot­lines and Ge­orge’s whim­si­cal, thought-aloud 800-word col­umns that book­end each episode,’’ wrote the Syd­ney Morn­ing Her­ald‘ s Brid­get McManus. Pick­ing up 10 years af­ter the beloved an­i­mated-ad­ven­ture se­ries ended, Scrooge McDuck has hung up his ad­ven­ture hat. How­ever, when a last-minute emer­gency forces Don­ald to leave Huey, Dewey and Louie with their Great Un­cle, the boys see a golden op­por­tu­nity to open ad­ven­ture’s door. Fea­tures the voice of David Ten­nant as Scrooge. While the po­lit­i­cal machi­na­tions of this 2016 drama in­trigue, it’s the cen­tral love story of Amma Asante’s drama that com­pels. That’s thanks largely to two mag­nif­i­cent per­for­mances from Rosamund Pike ( Gone Girl) and David Oyelowo ( Selma). The pair’s chem­istry is pal­pa­ble, while their char­ac­ters’ in­di­vid­ual strengths and weak­nesses are ap­par­ent. El­e­gant, in­tel­li­gent, evoca­tive and emo­tion-in­duc­ing cin­ema.– James Croot

De­tails de­light in The Hand­maiden.

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