Korean neo-noir hyperlink type movie. Bound to be compared to Coens. Very stylish. Loads of twists and turns. A bit cartoony and obvious at times but its the first thing the director has ever done (short or feature). Which is very impressive given the performances and general feel. Solid 7.6/10
Didn't expect fart jokes in an Ozu, but it's a fun comedy with a backdrop of Western influences on Japan. It's essentially about the importance of communication in families and communities (as Ozu's films often are) but with a spin on it that almost predicts the age of consumerism, technology and all that comes with it.
Once in a while, a film will make you shake yourself down, and it will take hours maybe even a couple of days to get your real self back. This is one of them.
From the very first minutes, Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams and the rest of the cast just transport you into their world. So much so that you feel like you're sitting in the corner of the room just watching them go about their daily business.
Park Can Wook is in a class of his own. One of the Directors that you just have to see whatever he puts out, because the chances are it's going to be at least "very good".
The Handmaiden is beautiful, erotic, captivating, naughty, perverse, thrilling, tense, twisted and brilliant.
For anybody who likes mindfuck cinema it's a great great film. For anyone who likes Park Chan Wook - it's bliss.