The Handmaiden

Synopsis: 1930s Korea, in the period of Japanese occupation, a new girl (Sookee) is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress (Hideko) who lives a secluded life on a large countryside estate with her domineering Uncle (Kouzuki). But the maid has a secret. She is a pickpocket recruited by a swindler posing as a Japanese Count to help him seduce the Lady to elope with him, rob her of her fortune, and lock her up in a madhouse. The plan seems to proceed according to plan until Sookee and Hideko discover some unexpected emotions.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Chan-wook Park
Production: CJ Entertainment
  Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 59 wins & 88 nominations.
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144 min


Get lost.

These damn....

I should be the one going.

It should be me who's going to that Japanese household.

Don't miss the train.

Go, hurry.

You should rest a bit.

We're not there yet.


I am Ok Ju.

This property has three buildings.

The main house is an English style building, and the rest are Japanese style building that make up the living quarters.

The Japanese architecture can't compare with the grandiose style of the English.

The Mistress likes both Japanese and English architecture, that's why it's built this way.

Besides this, there is another wing.

The Mistress made a library there.

Following, is the third building, servants' quarters.

Since you are her personal maid, you will not be sleeping with the rest of the servants.

You may eat the Mistress' leftover food.

But the leftover tea must be brought to the kitchen.

Left over oil and soap should be brought to the housekeeper.

If you are caught stealing, you will be kicked out immediately.

But, I believe you're not that kind of person Tamako.


You will be called Tamako from now on.

Leaning on Ok Ju

I am Sasaki.


The Miss' daily routine is simple.

A walk in the backyard.

Reciting poetry with the Master.

Our Miss loves to read books the most compared to most rich people.

And the richest among those who like to read.

Even government officials come here.

Bringing light to the name.

You must be respectful.

Occasionally, there are power outages but don't be afraid

I'll be sleeping in here?

Miss Hideko is very ill and is easily awakened.

The Mistress' room is over there?




Miss. Are you all right?

Sun Ja. Is it you Sun Ja?

Sun Ja got fired. I am the new maid.

You were having a nightmare?

See that cherry blossom tree over there?

My Aunt went mad and hung herself on it.

Occasionally, on dark nights

her spirit can be seen.

Just hanging there...

Here. Drink this.

My Aunt

Gave a bit of alcohol to babies that woke up in the middle of the night

Is this the scent of clothes?

You think my actual name is Tamako...

But my real name is Nam Sook Hee.

Once I was born, I was given away to the silversmith shop of my father.

ah, no, my mother's

When I was 5, I could already tell the difference between fake and real money.

Afterwards, I learned how to make fake signature stamps.

and even picked up the art of stealing as well.

But these children are not to learn any of these skills.

They were abandoned right after birth.

We wash, feed, then sell them off to Japan.


If we hadn't taken them in they would've died of starvation,

the best we can do is give them a chance to be a Miss or Count in a rich household.

Gguet Dan hates feeding the children her breastmilk.

If it were me, it'd be different.

If only I had breastmilk,

I'd feed each and every one of them till they're full.

Today, I'll talk about this translator.

There's a person in Japan who purposely became a translator for government officials.

And of course, the pay was high.

Enough to even buy a mine.

But now he wants to be a Japanese

After getting Japanese citizenship.

He married the daughter of a disgraced aristocrat.

He even adopted his wife's surname, Kouzuki.

That... bastard...

That bastard built a house

After that, created a library filled with books and ancient artifacts.

Many collectors gather there.

And after holding the poetry recital,

the book is auctioned off.

This man considers books and art to be as valuable as his life.

But only few are sold.

Even if he doesn't want to but has to sell them...

he sells fakes.

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