Originally I planned to skip The Handmaiden movie. I’m very glad I changed my mind. This is a Korean erotic drama inspired by the novel Fingersmith (2002). A man finds a girl to work as a maid to deceive an heiress, who is under control by her perverted uncle. The maid and the heiress fall in love with each other, and there is more than one layer of deception involved.
Although the movie is completely different from the second half of the novel, the story in this movie works really well for its duration. Some Korean erotic drama are very boring, but this one is not, mostly due to the multiple deceptions from the novel, and the successful portrayal of the love involved. Note: There are lesbian sex scenes, and torture scenes as well.