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‘The Handmaiden’ claims BAFTA for film not in English language

‘The Handmaiden’ claims BAFTA for film not in English language

Posted February. 20, 2018 07:40,   

Updated February. 20, 2018 07:40


Korean director Park Chan-wook’s movie “The Handmaiden” has claimed the BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language at the 71st British Academy Film Awards, which took place on Sunday (local time) at Royal Albert Hall in London.

The Korean movie, based on Sarah Waters' “Fingersmith,” is a story that takes place during the Japanese colonial era, about an aristocrat named Hideko (played by Kim Min-hee) and her handmaiden Sook-hee (played by Kim Tae-ri), who is hired to steal Hideko’s fortune. It was selected for competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016 and won Best Foreign Picture and Best Production Design from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) the same year.

The winner of this year’s BAFTA Award for Best Film was “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” directed by Martin McDonagh. Guillermo del Toro, the director of “The Shape of Water,” won the best director award. Gary Oldman won best actor for his role as Winston Churchill in Joe Wright's “Darkest Hour and Frances McDormand won the best actress prize for her performance as a bereaved mother in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri."

Other Asian films that were awarded at the British Academy Film Awards include “Raise the Red Lantern” directed by Zhang Yimou, “Farewell My Concubine” directed by Chen Kaige and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” directed by Ang Lee.

Min Kim kimmin@donga.com