Movie Discussion: The Handmaiden (2016) by Park Chan-Wook


Juan, Anne, Yisheng, and Aaron showed up for the screening. We discussed the ambivalence towards lesbianism depicted in the film. It’s generally a positive portrayal although the sex scenes appear to be fetishized for a male heterosexual audience. While the film inherited this flaw from the book, we wondered why there is no positive portrayal of men. We also talked about the colonial period the film is set in and if the director is making a statement about Korea. Finally, we discussed the film technique, camera movements, and the prevalence of green color in the film. I guess green is the warmest color for Park.

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Filed under Colonialism, Lesbian, Love, Post-Colonialism, South Korea

3 responses to “Movie Discussion: The Handmaiden (2016) by Park Chan-Wook

  1. Pingback: Review: Movie Discussion: The Handmaiden (2016) by Park Chan-Wook —from Queer Book & Movie Club (Singapore) | Foreign Influence

  2. atyg

    Please let me know if you are going to watch Moonlight.Thanks.Andrew

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