Park Chan-wook, director of Oldboy, Stoker and Thirst, returns to the screen April 14 with his sensual and sumptuous new film, The Handmaiden.
A young handmaiden named Sookee (Kim Tae-ri) is hired by Hideko (Kim Min-hee), a reclusive heiress who lives in a sprawling mansion under the watchful eye of her domineering Uncle Kouzuki (Cho Jin-woong). But Sookee harbours a secret: she has been recruited by Fujiwara (Ha Jung-woo), a scheming con artist posing as a Japanese Count, to trick Hideko into entrusting him with her fortune. However, when Sookee and Hideko begin to develop unexpected emotions for each other, they start putting together a plan of their own.
Adapted from Sarah Waters' acclaimed novel 'Fingersmith' the film relocates the elaborately spun plot from Victorian England to 1930s Japan, telling a tale of double-crossed lovers and taboo desires. This is cinema at its most heady and seductive, from a true visionary filmmaker.
To celebrate the release of The Handmaiden, we're giving ten film fans the chance to win a bundle of prizes that includes a copy of Sarah Waters' novel 'Fingersmith' and a limited edition The Handmaiden T-shirt, emblazoned with a grand and macabre octopus.
To enter, simply tweet @CurzonCinemas using the hashtag #TheHandmaiden, or email firstname.lastname@example.org putting 'The Handmaiden' in the subject line, and tell us your answer to the following question:
What is the name of the third and final chapter in Park Chan-wook's celebrated 'Vengeance' trilogy?
a) Lady Vengeance
b) Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
Winners will be contacted by their method of entry on or after Friday 21 April.
The Handmaiden is playing across our screens from Friday 14 April.
[With thanks to Curzon Artificial Eye]