Magazine article Screen International

Park Chan-Wook's 'Handmaiden' Pre-Sells to 116 Countries

Magazine article Screen International

Park Chan-Wook's 'Handmaiden' Pre-Sells to 116 Countries

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South Korea's CJ Entertainment has announced Park Chan-wook's The Handmaiden has pre-sold to 116 countries, including to Amazon Studios for the US.

Other territories include Japan (Phantom), Taiwan (Catchplay), German-speaking Europe (Koch Media), French-speaking territories (The Jokers), Latin America (Swen), HK/Macau (Edko), Australia/New Zealand (Dreamwest), Mongolia (Bloomsbury), Turkey (Kurmaca), Poland (Gutek Film), Czech/Slovakia (Aero Films), Hungary (Mozinet), and Greece/Cyprus (AMA).

Park has taken Sarah Waters' 2002 UK novel Fingersmith, set in Victorian era Britain, and adapted it to 1930s Korea and Japan. The Handmaiden stars Kim Min-hee (Right Now, Wrong Then), Ha Jung-woo (Assassination) and newly discovered starlet Kim Tae-ri.

The lattermost plays a young pickpocket who is convinced by Ha's charming con artist character to go to work for a Japanese heiress (played by Kim Min-hee) so that they can swindle her out of her fortune and have her committed to an insane asylum after he marries her. …

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