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  • PARK Chan-wook Publishes THE HANDMAIDEN Photo Book
  • by HA Jung-min /  Jun 20, 2016
  • More than 110 photos that PARK Took at Film Location
     

    PARK Chan-wook has published The Handmaiden Photo Book. Released on June 10th, The Handmaiden Photo Book, of which title is Agassi Gaggai (“Closer to the Lady,” in literal translation), is a collection of photos that PARK took at the film location of The Handmaiden.

     

    Adapted from Fingersmith, a novel by Sarah Waters, The Handmaiden is set in the Japanese Occupation era in the 1930s, and depicts the complicated conspiracy among the three main characters: namely, Hideko (KIM Min-hee), a Japanese noble lady and heiress to a huge fortune; a fake Count (HA Jung-woo) who is after her fortune; and Sook-hee (KIM Tae-ri), a handmaiden for Hideko, secretly teamed up with the Count. This film was invited to the Competition section at Cannes Film Festival this year, and sold to 176 countries even before release. 

     

    PARK took pictures in Paju in April 2013 when the film was in the planning stage; in Berlin in March 2016 where the original sound track was being recorded, and also in Goheung, Pyeongchang in Korea and Aomori in Japan where the film was shot. Among these photos, 110 or so of them have been selected by PARK himself for the photo book. You may have a look at a variety of hidden cuts that are not found in the film.

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