THE HANDMAIDEN

Finally saw this tonight and it didn't disappoint. In fact, it exceeded my expectations. Park Chan-Wook does it again. It's a twisted and twisting tale of love, lust, betrayal, revenge, swindle, sadism, class, patriarchy. The cinematography is extraordinary: the textures and palette make you feel like you're caressing her shoulders, enveloping yourself in silk, descending into hell.  Please go see it in the theaters, for yourself and to support Asian cinema.

My people, my people! I love seeing myself and my brothers on screen: beautiful, sexy, sensuous, cunning, powerful. For me, the movie is ultimately a testament to female empowerment. Kim Tae-ri and Kim Min-hee are gorgeous, especially when they are naked, exploring, and intertwined in bliss. The first thing I said when the lights came up was "That made me want to be with a woman."