The Handmaiden – Review

by Ren Zelen Park Chan-wook’s new film The Handmaiden, based on the novel Fingersmith by Sarah Waters is, like the book, a cleverly constructed and erotically charged thriller. While Waters sets her story in Victorian England, Park sets his film adaptation in 1930s Japanese-occupied Korea. By replacing the class system of Victorian England with the hierarchical dynamic of occupier and occupied, Park has tapped into … Continue reading The Handmaiden – Review

Viceroy’s House – Review

by Ren Zelen With a resume containing Bend It Like Beckham and Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, director Gurinder Chadha may not have seemed to be the immediate choice to bring a tragic, historical epic to the screen. However, when the director made a short introduction at the London screening of her new film Viceroy’s House, she explained her personal connection to this ambitious project. … Continue reading Viceroy’s House – Review