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1930s Korea, in the period of Japanese occupation, a girl (Sookee) is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress (Hideko) who lives a secluded life on an estate with her domineering Uncle (Kouzuki). But the maid has a secret. She and a swindler who poses as a Japanese Count are scheming to get the Lady engaged, rob her fortune, and lock her up in a madhouse. All proceeds according to plan until Sookee starts to truly understand Hideko. (imdb)

Genres: Romance, Drama, Suspense/Thriller, Mystery

AKA: Agassi, Ah-ga-ssi, Mademoiselle

Country: South Korea

Directed By: Chan-wook Park

Written By: Sarah Waters, Seo-Kyung Chung

Starring: So-ri Moon, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-woong Jo, Hae-sook Kim, Min-hee Kim, Tae-ri Kim

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Date User Score
Feb 19 ehk2 ehk2
10T2
With the beginning of 2nd half, I realised that I really don't care with all this aristocratic, decadent fantasy of "perversity" & eccentricities. Least related with such stories. They don't appeal to me. Also realised that I don't like this kind of twists which take up hours to cook and then make you feel numb & deceived. Willingfully ready to be guided in reason & emotions in any movie but not to be tricked by the arrogant cunning of an ever omniscient narrator. Sex & twists are overrated!
Feb 18 kjones77
80T7
Feb 17 sirq sirq
80T8
Feb 17 coldesser
80T7
Feb 16 ennahnojel
100T10
Feb 15 WinteredDebt
78T8
Feb 15 slinkoff
83T9
Feb 15 tuncayguven
85T7
Feb 14 onatkucuk
88T9
Feb 14 axlertan axlertan
82T9
Feb 14 ajmurad
70T4
Feb 13 FennisDembo
7T8
Feb 13 kennkoon kennkoon
83T9
Feb 13 novamg7 novamg7
100T10
Feb 12 STFUDonny STFUDonny
9T10
Feb 12 gutterfly
75T4
Feb 11 zacker
75T8
Feb 07 belfastkid
70T2
Feb 07 suspiria
8T8
Feb 07 ErlendA
80T9
Feb 06 sebby sebby
70T7
Feb 05 eskimos eskimos
69T4
Feb 05 Narg
87T9
Feb 04 nbc6 nbc6
85T10
Feb 04 Kobi
88T8
Feb 04 davoethnik
87T9
Feb 04 regtf regtf
86T6
Feb 03 tcbyer33
79T10
Feb 01 ddelapointe
98T9
Feb 01 devrimozkan devrimozkan
82T9
Jan 30 mostafarso
40T6
Jan 29 deaddilly deaddilly
65T5
Excellent visual storytelling through Parts 1 & 2 from Park. I wasn't too fond of either of the female leads though (I thought the uncle and the count absolutely stole the show). Its been well documented by others on here but I thought the 3rd act was completely gratuitous and campy, felt like the film devolved into a Korean soap-opera.
Jan 28 thefriedone
100T10
Jan 28 snowjohn54
80T8
Jan 28 CMWL
1T6
Jan 27 jhmee8
100T10
Jan 27 Ehizzle403 Ehizzle403
90T10
Jan 27 tarr
67T4
Jan 27 x182skal
87T6
Jan 25 golduser 13
75T5
Jan 24 Leones Leones
85T8
Jan 24 zaynop zaynop
90T10
Jan 24 erkam erkam
70T6
Jan 24 lonely
100T6
Jan 24 FreddieQuell FreddieQuell
88T9
Jan 23 Hakan_Gner Hakan Güner
73T4
Jan 22 saeedaskari
80T7
Jan 20 xombiemonkey
7T6
Jan 20 rupke
65T2
Jan 20 caffe
86T9
Jan 18 themoviepl themoviepl
98T9
Jan 18 fletch
80T8
Jan 18 khusan
80T5
Jan 18 yigitros yigitros
88T9
Jan 18 scugnizzi scugnizzi
80T6
Jan 16 careunicorn careunicorn
88T6
Jan 15 feyyazde
92T10
Jan 15 meloray
75T5
Jan 14 gosemef gosemef
78T7
Jan 13 mjbreuer
90T10
Jan 13 BigEvil Nathan S
4T8
Its gratuitous sexuality seems to have been a bit contentious, perhaps understandably, because we all know Park spares no person's delicate sensibilities. This film is the male gaze, and it subverts the male gaze, and makes the viewer feel guilty about the male gaze, and it's refreshing to have the carpet so thoroughly yanked from under gender roles. By the end it might be one twist too ludicrous, but it's a damn fun ride getting there.
Jan 13 ikosse
90T8
Jan 12 affetmez48
79T7
Jan 11 blacklodge blacklodge
95T8
Jan 11 thiskendell
93T9
Jan 11 kadikoy kadikoy
85T10
Jan 10 bnbknbknk
70T5
Jan 09 Ragenima Ragenima
70T8
Jan 09 cengaveri
91T10
Jan 08 rainmaker rainmaker
90T10
Jan 08 robochaa
85T9
Jan 08 SyphilisDad
70T8
Jan 07 sellos sellos
80T9
Jan 04 burakc burakc
82T7
Jan 04 y_k
60T1
Jan 04 srpccQ
100T6
Jan 02 jsopanen jsopanen
58T8
Jan 02 susie_mauve susie-mauve
65T2
Great looking korean soap opera.
Jan 02 clarkah Prof. Sebby
80T9
Jan 01 howler19 howler19
76T9
Jan 01 zae zae
87T10
Jan 01 Kuramhan
85T8
Jan 01 Craigmax100
82T7
Dec 31, 2017 cheekybug89
87T9
Dec 31, 2017 borislugosi borislugosi
75T7
Dec 30, 2017 cemreedursun
95T8
Dec 30, 2017 jonkjenn
8T10
Dec 30, 2017 still still
40T9
Dec 29, 2017 kritikos kritikos
90T9
Dec 29, 2017 daffodil907 daffodil907
85T10
Dec 29, 2017 ethsings72
95T9
Dec 29, 2017 Whiggles
8T8
Dec 28, 2017 DaxV DaxV
93T9
Dec 28, 2017 libss
95T8
Dec 28, 2017 Langelund Langelund (CinemaZone.dk)
80T9
Dec 28, 2017 alidemirbas alidemirbas
76T9
Dec 27, 2017 Mathijsvdm
90T10
Dec 27, 2017 nedphlix
90T7
Dec 25, 2017 randomlad randomlad
93T10
Dec 25, 2017 iwalke
7T6
Dec 25, 2017 quente
85T10
Dec 25, 2017 niyoosha
70T4
Dec 25, 2017 manonwire Puya
85T9
Dec 24, 2017 Old_Spriggan
75T6
Dec 24, 2017 typikil
89T8
Dec 24, 2017 Odelay Odelay
90T10
Dec 24, 2017 vitruvian vitruvian
75T5
Dec 23, 2017 AKS
84T10
Dec 22, 2017 klasse80
50T2
Dec 21, 2017 ah3
90T9
Dec 21, 2017 bejonsson bejonsson
90T9
Dec 20, 2017 Systematicer
50T3
Dec 19, 2017 KenMeisters KenMeisters
88T10
This thick layered erotic thriller/romance/drama/thingamabob not just looks and is acted amazing, it also cleverly subverts your expectations about typical female roles in romance plots. Sexy and slightly disturbing, Park Chan-Wook delivers another excellent movie.
Dec 18, 2017 bennick218
80T7
Dec 18, 2017 lavmiyu lavmiyu
87T10
Dec 17, 2017 jiznkakonaye
70T5
Dec 17, 2017 Xenophule Xenophule
4T1
Dec 16, 2017 Lexie Lexie
90T10
Dec 14, 2017 douglascouto
90T8
Dec 11, 2017 gadelat
38T2
Dec 11, 2017 lili ferr
80T9
Dec 11, 2017 ahmetberkay
85T9
Dec 11, 2017 borgmenn borgmenn
85T9
Dec 11, 2017 anelesecene anelesecene
83T8
Dec 10, 2017 Kitano7 Kitano7
65T5
Dec 10, 2017 BARBAGROSSA
80T4
Dec 10, 2017 kaan26 kaan26
90T10
Dec 10, 2017 hisblob hisblob
81T8
it's very good but the variations in tone are weird and maybe it would be better if Park dialed up the seriousness and resisted the urge to occasionally go for some gags
Dec 09, 2017 prowler prowler
35T4
would've been way more clever if they stopped after the first hour, but think of all the girl-on-girl action we would have missed! (i was p disappointed to see some people here praising some feminist angle... just think of the masochistic joy the Uncle would feel watching this movie. it actually made me feel like a dirty uncle too a few times, hmm)
Dec 06, 2017 pnk
80T6
Dec 06, 2017 twriston
9T9
Dec 06, 2017 da5id da5id
79T8
Dec 05, 2017 zeydila
73T4
Dec 03, 2017 seymaarangul
90T6
Dec 02, 2017 addeh
83T9
Dec 01, 2017 w2727
98T9
Nov 30, 2017 Lone_Wolf miller
9T10
Nov 30, 2017 filmdoc filmdoc
81T8
Nov 29, 2017 Cocoa
90T10
Nov 29, 2017 Yugesh
85T9
Nov 28, 2017 firefly101
83T9
Nov 28, 2017 Adam_P_D Adam P-D
60T7
Loved the first half but I felt the story had pretty much finished about three quarters of the way through. Park's style is always enjoyable for me nevertheless.
Nov 27, 2017 alicandoser
95T9
Nov 27, 2017 Bebop
8T8
Nov 25, 2017 ironagepig ironagepig
0T1
Nov 25, 2017 pele
91T10
Nov 25, 2017 actium
85T9
Nov 25, 2017 cenowalrider cenowalrider
75T9
Nov 24, 2017 LRibeiro
83T9
Nov 23, 2017 njm1211
97T9
Nov 23, 2017 Silp Silp
80T4
Nov 22, 2017 Jenny_Snow Jenny Snow
84T8
Nov 21, 2017 saintpablo
100T6
Nov 20, 2017 LeoSong
100T6
Nov 19, 2017 pck00
92T10
Nov 19, 2017 mightysparks mightysparks
60T7
Nov 18, 2017 morevna morevna.
92T9
Nov 17, 2017 SuperSui SuperSui
90T10
Nov 17, 2017 FancyMike
4T6
Nov 16, 2017 izlandik izlandik
45T1
Nov 15, 2017 bahman bahman
77T7
Nov 14, 2017 maxmode maxmode
65T6
Nov 14, 2017 tufan
85T5
Nov 14, 2017 leventdem leventdem
80T8
Nov 13, 2017 kingcrimson
85T9
Nov 06, 2017 pedroserpas
94T8
Nov 06, 2017 akajonnyrey
100T9
Nov 06, 2017 Matt92
95T7
Nov 06, 2017 SMClonk
66T6
Nov 04, 2017 macbeth678
85T7
Nov 04, 2017 lorem1psum
90T9
Nov 03, 2017 redmdb redmdb
88T6
Nov 02, 2017 GoodMovie
89T9
Nov 02, 2017 ldsix ldsix
84T9
Oct 31, 2017 Burhan Guzel
82T7
Japon işgali yıllarında kore'de işbirlikçi aristokrat sarayında entrikalar, uçlarda fantaziler, oyun içinde oyunlar. Mekanın yeşili,mimarinin kırmızısı,bonsailer, sakuralar yönetmen görsel ziyafet sunmuş.
Oct 31, 2017 DBibby DBibby
85T9
Oct 29, 2017 mattorama12 mattorama12
90T10
I love intricately plotted movies like this. It also has some really stunning cinematography. The thing that really makes it so incredible is that it's one of the most interesting examinations of sexuality I've seen in film. It really gets into the use of sexuality as a vehicle of intimacy versus a tool of manipulation, or some mix of the two. What a film.
Oct 29, 2017 SukruSogut
92T2
Oct 29, 2017 deanjames deanjames
80T8
Oct 28, 2017 Tiago_Vieira Tiago Vieira
80T7
Oct 26, 2017 henchan
81T8
Oct 25, 2017 bkam
80T8
Oct 22, 2017 cancezayirli cancezayirli
85T10
Oct 22, 2017 Stavr0s
85T10
Oct 21, 2017 seckintayfun seckintayfun
8T9
Oct 20, 2017 sorkafka sorkafka
49T3
Oct 18, 2017 shotton25 shotton25
80T9
Oct 17, 2017 RealMacgyver RealMacgyver
90T10
Oct 17, 2017 creaglu creaglu
78T8
Oct 17, 2017 starman9339 starman9339
89T7
Oct 16, 2017 zeus20007 zeus20007
76T6
Oct 16, 2017 dourface dourface
80T9
Oct 15, 2017 Skg
40T10
Oct 15, 2017 belgamo
85T9
Oct 15, 2017 Cigo Cigo
10T10
Oct 14, 2017 sanchezjaime
100T6
Brilliant
Oct 14, 2017 mfl
67T8
Oct 14, 2017 fernsebner
90T9
Oct 13, 2017 sfpeterm sfpeterm
70T5
Oct 12, 2017 Neonman Neonman
74T5
Immaculately crafted and often very well plotted, I guess my big gripe with this is that the ending, although so far in the distance, is kind of a predictable given for this sort of story -- a ballsier conclusion of some sort would've at least been more satisfying for me. But I think any fans of cinema and story-telling are going to get behind this one, it feels like an old grand tale told in such a superbly handled way.
Oct 12, 2017 sakaerka sakaerka
85T7
Oct 11, 2017 filmci
95T7
Oct 11, 2017 kangadoodoo kangadoodoo
75T9
Oct 11, 2017 JohnPaul821
90T10
Oct 09, 2017 EbruCavdarli EbruCavdarli ()
88T10
Oct 08, 2017 teashon teashon
94T10
Oct 08, 2017 circleoffilm
97T10
Oct 07, 2017 ohno6345
60T6
Oct 07, 2017 chao chao
91T10
Oct 06, 2017 mikeparasol
92T10
Oct 05, 2017 cccfatioca
75T4
Oct 04, 2017 abheek
50T5
Oct 04, 2017 scy scy
92T10
Oct 04, 2017 himan1376
96T9
Oct 04, 2017 shahin19
50T1
Oct 03, 2017 Tarnop
90T9
Oct 03, 2017 smhdlk
84T8
Oct 01, 2017 Vehk
80T7
Oct 01, 2017 sandrikoti
100T8
Sep 29, 2017 kcknz kcknz
87T10
Sep 29, 2017 DSouza_Vasco
75T4
Sep 27, 2017 ecalder ecalder
68T7
Sep 26, 2017 Nemesias
85T9
Sep 26, 2017 Mdlcr
80T7
Sep 26, 2017 floorspring
82T8
Sep 26, 2017 Mirzatory
6T5
Sep 25, 2017 kidmaniac kidmaniac
82T9
Sep 25, 2017 naco77
90T10
Sep 24, 2017 raminfo
68T5
Sep 24, 2017 cawerd cawerd
65T6
Sep 23, 2017 damil
85T10
This was truly excellent. It’s an expertly crafted story, beautifully presented and performed. It felt a lot like Quentin Tarantino’s best work, actually. I wouldn’t be surprised if an American remake is in the works somewhere now. The cinematography is breathtaking - some of the shots looked like classical paintings. Really great performances from all involved. It’s thrilling, sexy, grotesque, beautiful and something that begs to be seen.
Sep 21, 2017 Niyazi Niyazi
94T10
Sep 19, 2017 jnydam
72T7
Sep 18, 2017 MRDammann
80T8
Sep 18, 2017 Nargesi Nargesi
93T9
Sep 18, 2017 raquelmplima raquelmplima
71T8
Sep 18, 2017 asaf
80T1
Sep 17, 2017 Grouchy Grouchy
98T10
Sep 16, 2017 kaychoo kaychoo
78T9
Sep 16, 2017 2gay2lify
100T9
Sep 15, 2017 luc luc
50T2
Sep 15, 2017 LordCouture
58T6
Sep 14, 2017 Lemmiwinks
87T9
Sep 12, 2017 batkojohny batkojohny
85T10
Sep 12, 2017 aybo
89T9
Sep 12, 2017 Boyd_Crowder Boyd Crowder
82T7
Sep 11, 2017 rannydoscoe
80T6
Sep 10, 2017 wuigee
72T6
Sep 10, 2017 Italo
1T6
Sep 10, 2017 CaptainRusty
90T9
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