Park Chan-wook

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The 100 best films of the 21st century
Gangsters, superheroes, schoolkids, lovers, slaves, peasants, techies, Tenenbaums and freefalling astronauts – they’re all here in our countdown of cinema’s best movies since 2000

Peter Bradshaw, Cath Clarke, Andrew Pulver and Catherine Shoard

13, Sep, 2019 @5:00 AM

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Oldboy review – a beautifully blood-spattered modern classic
Limbs, teeth and live octopuses all come in for unblinkingly brutal treatment in Park Chan-wook’s stunning revenge epic

Peter Bradshaw

02, Aug, 2019 @12:00 PM

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The best films of 2017 so far
La La Land and The Love Witch wove magic, Moonlight and Lion wrung out tears, while Get Out and Lady Macbeth got nasty. Plus, there were striking debuts, returns to form by seasoned directors and reunions for the Trainspotting rogues

Gwilym Mumford and Andrew Pulver

07, Feb, 2018 @12:35 PM

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The 50 top films of 2017 in the UK: No 6 The Handmaiden
Continuing our countdown of the year’s finest films, Peter Bradshaw praises Park Chan-wook’s dazzling film about a lesbian love affair in 1930s Korea

Peter Bradshaw

15, Dec, 2017 @6:00 AM

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Ghost in the Shell; The Handmaiden; Viceroy’s House and more – review
Carnal pleasures and clever plotting combine in Park Chan-wook’s thrilling The Handmaiden, while Scarlett Johansson is a woman of steel

Guy Lodge

06, Aug, 2017 @7:00 AM

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 blows away UK box office with huge debut
The Marvel sequel means Disney has now scored the two biggest openings of the year, while Lady Macbeth gives indie cinema something to smile about

Charles Gant

03, May, 2017 @10:54 AM

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The Handmaiden review – a ripe, erotic tale
Park Chan-wook refashions Sarah Waters’s Fingersmith into a perverse psychodrama that wrongfoots you at every turn

Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

16, Apr, 2017 @8:00 AM

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The Handmaiden review – suspense thriller drenched with sex | Peter Bradshaw's film of the week
Park Chan-wook’s adaptation of Sarah Waters’ novel Fingersmith, relocated to 1930s Korea, is an erotic triumph – with a whiplash twist

Peter Bradshaw

13, Apr, 2017 @3:00 PM

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The Handmaiden: the return of erotic cinema
Eroticism has long been a dirty word in film. But a new thriller about a clandestine affair between two women in 1930s Korea returns the genre to its transgressive roots.

Peter Bradshaw

14, Mar, 2017 @7:00 AM

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The 50 best US films of 2016: No 9 – The Handmaiden
As our countdown moves into the final fortnight, Peter Bradshaw welcomes a dazzling and sexy adaptation of Sarah Waters’s story about lesbian love

Peter Bradshaw

06, Dec, 2016 @12:00 PM

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Park Chan-wook on relocating Sarah Waters' Fingersmith to Korea
He made his name with the hyperviolent Oldboy. Now Park Chan-wook has turned Sarah Waters’ novel into a swooningly erotic thriller. The director talks about vengeance and finding his feminine side

Henry Barnes

17, May, 2016 @6:10 PM

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The Handmaiden review – Park Chan-wook's lurid lesbian potboiler simmers with sexual tension
An erotic thriller that prioritises female sexuality, and exquisite set design, to intoxicating effect

Benjamin Lee

14, May, 2016 @1:25 PM

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