2hrs 48mins

An intoxicatingly Hitchcockian, boundary-pushing queer period thriller from the masterful Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Decision to Leave), this twisting, erotically-charged melodrama - presented in its definitive Director's Cut - follows the unexpected affair of an affluent heiress and the maid sent to deceive her.

This film screens as part of our Killer Queens season, which explores transgressive thrillers, camp classics and noir-inflected queer gems.

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Park Chan-wook
Strong sex, sex references
Korean, Japanese

1930s Korea is under the control of the Japanese empire. Young maid Sookee is hired by Hideko, a reclusive heiress who lives in a sprawling mansion under the watchful eye of her domineering Uncle Kouzuki. But Sookee harbours a secret: she has been recruited by Fujiwara, a scheming con artist posing as a Japanese Count, to trick Hideko into entrusting him with her fortune. However, when Sookee and Hideko develop unexpected feelings for each other, more double-crossing comes into play.

Navigating a complex labyrinthine series of twists, this deliciously deceptive thriller puts a wholly original queer psychological spin on the period drama. From filmmaking provocateur Park Chan-wook (Stoker), this ingenious South Korean transposing of the Victorian Britain set novel Fingersmith by Sarah Waters is cinema at its most sumptuously stylish and slyly subversive.

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