Almost 2 million people went to the cinema to see a lesbian thriller ‘The Handmaiden’ directed by Park Chan-Wook. The adaptation explores themes of love, sex and theft. It stars Kim-Min Hee, a wealthy heiress, who falls in love with a pick pocket called Sook-Hee, played by Kim Tae-Ri, who is hired to seize the heiress’ fortune. The film competed at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival for the Palme d’Or and Queer Palm awards. It received rave reviews and Ryu Seong-hie won the independent Vulcan Award for her art direction work within the film.
It also garnered attention before it’s release, as rumours spread about it becoming one of the most widely distributed Korean films in South Korea’s history. Reportedly, the film was pre-sold to 120 countries.
If true the thriller would beat out ‘Snowpiercer’ which was previously the most widely distributed Korean film.