If I had watched this 2017 film in 2017, it would be near the top of my best movies of 2017. But I watched it in 2018 so was too late. It's a slice of life type movie set in the days that follow the Rodney King incident in Los Angeles in '92. It's written by, directed by and stars Justin Chon as the lead male Eli. And he pulls off a terrific job. The entire cast is perfect. There…
This film is hard to get hold of for some reason, but it's worth it. It is reminiscent of 'Peppermint Candy' in that there are alot of flashbacks and interweaving timelines all central to one tragic event. It's very dialogue driven and is a character study of sorts, into the breakdown of a relationship of 3 high school students in South Korea. Slow paced in parts. There are lots of facial close ups which mean that the actors really have to deliver, and they did. Not everyone's cup of tea but it's an interesting look into the pressures of high school life.
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.