Wednesday, January 19, 2022

The Handmaiden (South Korea: Park Chan-Wook, 2016)

The Handmaiden (South Korea: Park Chan-Wook, 2016: 144 mins)

Anderson, Jake. "The Handmaiden." Letterboxd (December 29, 2018)

Andrews, Charlotte Richardson. "The Handmaiden." Another Gaze (May 19, 2017)

Cassidy, Brendan, J.D Duran and Vince Leo.  "The HandmaidenHacksaw Ridge." InSession Film (November 12, 2016)

Dargis, Manohla. "The Handmaiden Explores Confinement in Rich, Erotic Textures." The New York Times (October 20, 2016)

Hancock, James and Kyle Reardon. "In Praise of Park Chan-wook." Wrong Reel #227 (January 2017)

Raymond, Marc. "From Old Boys to Quiet Dreams: Mapping Korean Art Cinema Today." Film Criticism 42.1 (March 2018) ["This essay theorizes Korean art cinema today through an analysis of domestic festivals (especially Busan, Jeonju, and Bucheon), major festivals abroad (particularly Cannes, Berlin, and Toronto), and various other institutions in order to provide a comprehensive mapping of how art cinema within Korea currently operates. Using sociological theories of taste pioneered by Pierre Bourdieu, the paper shows how the dominant name auteurs of Korea, particularly Park Chan-wook and Lee Chang-dong, were established through international festivals, beginning in the 1990s but exploding in the 2000s, at the same time as Korean films began to compete with and surpass Hollywood films at the local box office. These filmmakers were shaped by the changing ideas of art cinema globally, as theorized by scholars such as David Andrews, and the dominance of these figures thus helped shape the domestic festivals, with younger Korean directors often following within these traditions. The rise of the domestic box office helped create an independent cinema within the country, not unlike the emergence of indie cinema in the United States during the blockbuster era, which had the consequence of both increasing opportunities for young directors while often pigeon-holing them into narrow niches."]

Rebhandl, Bert. "Breaking the Mould: The lead in The Handmaiden, Kim Min-hee is proving to be the most interesting Korean actor for some time." Frieze (April 13, 2017)

Shin, Chi-Yun. "In another time and place: The Handmaiden as an adaptation." The Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema 11.1 (2019): 1-13.

Tolentino, Jia. "The Handmaiden and the Freedom Women Find Only with One Another." The New Yorker (October 29, 2016)

Wong, Claire L. "The Power of Perspective in ‘The Handmaiden’, A Masterclass in Storytelling Technique." Hollywood Insider (February 25, 2021)

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