The Handmaiden ★★½

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This review may contain spoilers.

I liked the movie... I guess? Kim Min-hee and Ha Jung-woo are fabulous in this.

But my main problem is that there is no real sense of place. Like why does it matter that this movie is set during the Japanese occupation of Korea? It just seems like it's set during this time period just because (and also to shift the characters between the two countries). It REALLY bugged me that Kim Min-hee's character is Japanese, aka the colonizer in this context, and yet Kim Tae-ri's character apparently has little to no opinion about it. Even though I find that hard to believe, it actually could have been explained pretty easily (like, since she's poor it doesn't matter to her, or that Kim Min-hee's character may be Japanese, but she has also suffered oppression). But no, apparently Park Chan-wook thought it was more important to show a character's fingers getting chopped off rather than exploring character development.