1930s Korea, in the period of Japanese occupation, a young woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress who lives a secluded life on a large countryside estate with her domineering uncle. But, the maid has a secret: she is a pickpocket recruited by a swindler posing as a Japanese count to help him seduce the heiress 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 the women discover some unexpected emotions.

  1. Park Chan-wook

    Director, Writer

  2. Sarah Waters


  3. Chung Seo-kyung


Top Billed Cast

  1. Kim Min-hee

    Kim Min-hee

    Lady Hideko

  2. Kim Tae-ri

    Kim Tae-ri


  3. Ha Jung-woo

    Ha Jung-woo

    Count Fujiwara

  4. Cho Jin-woong

    Cho Jin-woong

    Uncle Kouzuki

  5. Kim Hae-sook

    Kim Hae-sook

    Ms. Sasaki

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The Handmaiden
The Handmaiden



Original Title 아가씨

Status Released

Release Information

  • September 22, 2016


    These films contain excessive graphic violence, intense or explicit sex, depraved, abhorrent behavior, explicit drug abuse, strong language, explicit nudity, or any other elements which, at present, most parents would consider too strong and therefore off-limits for viewing by their children and teens. NC-17 does not necessarily mean obscene or pornographic in the oft-accepted or legal meaning of those words.

  • October 22, 2016
    Theatrical (limited)


Original Language Korean

Runtime 2h 48m

Budget $8,575,000.00

Revenue $1,983,204.00

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