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Ah-ga-ssi (2016)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 1 June 2016 (South Korea)
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A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her.

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Count Fujiwara
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Uncle Kouzuki
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Miss Sasaki
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Aunt of Lady Hideko
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Junko
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Eun-hyung Jo ...
Young Hideko
Eun-yeong Kim ...
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Dong-hwi Lee ...
Goo-gai
Kyu-jung Lee ...
Maid 1
Yong-nyeo Lee ...
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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. Written by CJ Entertainment

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KRW 10,000,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$92,129 (USA) (21 October 2016)

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$2,005,473 (USA) (17 February 2017)
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Director Chan-wook Park decided to cast Tae-ri Kim as Sook-hee at the audition in 10-15 minutes. See more »

Goofs

Mercury is a slow (typically chronic not acute) poison that will kill victims over a period of days not within minutes. Metallic mercury in the tiny amounts presented would not be lethal at all in the circumstances shown. See more »

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Lady Hideko: [whispering] What does a man really want?
Sook-Hee: What?
Lady Hideko: What I mean is... the weeding night. How would I know? I grew up without a mother to teach me. I have no idea about any of this.
[pause]
Lady Hideko: Probably kissing first?
Sook-Hee: [thinking] Alright. Let's try to put her to sleep. So adorable. In a foreign country and without a mother. Alone in this giant mansion. Reading useless books. And learning nothing of value.
Lady Hideko: [thinking] Why did the taste change? Sour and bitter. Within the bitterness changes to sweetness. Sweet ...
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References Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) See more »

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Original Music composed by Yeong-wook Jo
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The Korean legend returns; more debauched than ever, but funnier too.
7 October 2016 | by (South Africa) – See all my reviews

I saw this tonight at London Film Festival and Park Chan Wook was there, to answer Q&A. A very special moment to me.

I would advise anyone new to Park Chan-Wook's filmography to first explore his vampire flick 'Thirst' which has a similar style. 'Oldboy' is a cult classic, but more of an opium-filled, octopus eating thrill-ride, which this film is NOT, so be advised. I also think having SOME knowledge of Japanese rule in Korea is essential for understanding this film, or it will be above your head. Do some surface-level research on Japanese annexation of Korea and specifically the infamous 'comfort women'.

Completed that? OK now you're ready for this journey.

Now let's focus on the best part. The villain. This IS the best villain in recent memory. Seriously as far back as Hannibal Lecter. Uncle Kouzuki, is more creepy than Burton's Penguin. Compulsory viewing. I cannot mention anymore out of fear for spoiling the intricate plot. Highly recommended.


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