What a great surprise. Really loved it - it might get comparisons with The Farewell, as they have similar themes - and I dare say this is the better of the two. The photography was excellent (shades of Wong Kar Wai in some of the lighting and post effects) and superbly directed too. The film focuses on a struggling Korean family in modern day America. The two leads are superb (especially Tiffany Chu, as they develop their brother sister relationship…
Sweet, sweet visuals. Probably the best looking Kubrick film, rivaled only by '2001'. The use of natural light in this film when melded with the locations is pretty amazing. The interior shots especially, as countless others have said - many of them could be priceless works of art. Amazing film-making. Kubrick was so dedicated to his craft some of the exterior shots of the same scene were filmed in different countries to the exterior (Germany, Scotland, Ireland, England, France). I…
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.