Our next film: The Handmaiden

Our next film, on Tuesday 20 March, is Chan-Wook Park’s 2016 epic¬†The Handmaiden.¬†Set during the Japanese occupation of Korea, though adapted from a novel about Victorian Britain, this historical thriller is beautiful, ingenious and gripping. It was last year’s highest-grossing subtitled film in Britain and this year won the BAFTA for best foreign film. It is also suffused with eroticism and punctuated by sudden violence, which explains its 18 certificate. At 144 minutes, it is longer than our usual fare, but is really not to be missed.