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Japan has finally come out with their support for The Handmaiden! They had me worried there for a minute, but then I remembered that it took them a whole year to get ‘A Girl At My Door’ and my worries were buried!
And of course you know what this means! There is sure to be a Blu-ray for Ojou-san (The Japanese title for Ahgassi)! Yes, I know there is a a Blu-ray from Hong Kong but there is no way I am going to be satisfied with that kind of product! No additional material except a trailer, putting a movie as beautiful as this, a movie that relies on the visual cues in the story telling almost more than any other aspect, to take that kind of movie and squeeze it onto a BD25!!?! Get out of here! And that is not all! The FPS are all screwed up speeding up the movie to a mere 140min instead of the official 144! I know this is a thing but I have never come across it and I have bought versions of the same movie from different regions so this is not cool!
I am getting the Blu-ray though.
Yes, my mission of buying all versions of this movie on Blu-ray still stands! Even ‘Murica which is disappointing us by not giving us a Blu-ray (Seriously Sony?!!! You better be planning on that 4K version or so God of Yuri help me I’ll…)
Eh, thank God Japan is here to save the day! I am also pretty sure that Plain Archives is gonna deliver the greatest thing to ever grace the blue disc! I signed up to that company just to get that notification of Ahgassi’s Ultimate Collectors Edition! Put in 6 discs and sell it for a grand I will still get it dammit!
But back to Japan, I am not even kidding when I say that I had a dream that the version they released was the 3hrs3m Director’s Cut version! I even remember that the opening scene was actually the sex scene (the teach me how to have sex scene) and I know that is improbable to start a movie like that but hey, Fingersmith is one story that can be told in different ways, which has actually happened already in both adaptations taking a different approach.
Anyway, Japan just released a trailer for Ojou-san and dear Readers is it intense!! You thought the French Trailer was hard-core? Wait till you get a hold of this one! Of course it might be that it is because most have already seen it and so they are not afraid of spoiling but it might also be because Japan is marketing what the movie actually is! All other countries, bar France, have left out the intensity of the intimacy which put some people off who went in not expecting those out of this world sex scenes!
Japan and France on the other hand are telling it as it is! Hell, japan even is going so far as to put the R-18 in front and centre. This is an extreme movie! I remember being super taken by surprise when I read Fingersmith the first time and that first sex scene happened! You can imagine too that if I was shocked by something like that, a totally watered down view on sex only picked up by those able to link the words and everything, imagine what this movie could have done to those who had not even read the book, or did but the intensity of the sex scenes in the book totally went over their heads.
Actually, one of the things the movie is superior to the book for me is the depiction of the sex scenes. Watching the movie and reading the book you wonder what was going on with Madam Waters. Was she trying to hide the intensity within the words and trippy descriptions, was it supposed to be less intense? Did she just not know how to describe a sex scene?
Now, to be fare the visuals helped the movie greatly and the BBC version was somewhat better thus father proving the point but even then those were nowhere close to the movie scenes level of intensity! And since the BBC was essentially the closest to the book we will ever get, well then, Mr Park sure did a terrific job on that.
Anddddd where was I again? There I go getting distracted from the topic at hand.
Anyway, jump over for more caps from the trailer and the trailer itself on YT. Sadly we have to wait until maybe fall for this Blu-ray or maybe late summer 2017 since the movie is hitting Japanese theatres in March but I know it will have been worth it. I so love the Blu-ray for ‘Watashi no Shoujo’ AKA ‘A Girl At My Door’. Japan is the only country that gave it a Blu-ray, which baffles my mind seeing as it is one of the winners at the 2014 Cannes but alas!
Sweet, sweet tears! I so happy right now dear Readers, so very happy! Why is that, you might ask? Well, it is thanks to the event that just took place in Korea – The 37th Blue Dragon Awards, one of the two most recognised awards in Korea, and my lovely movies and actresses above came away with prizes!
What a world we live in!
First up is of course Ahgassi/The Handmaiden, and I do not think that I need to mention yet again what this movie means to me. Fine, I will do it. It’s no big deal really. After all, Ahgassi is only my favourite movie of all time!!!
The Handmaiden was nominated for quite a few awards this time around; Best Picture (Obviously), Best Director (no duh), Best Leading Actress (um hello!), Best Female New-comer (seriously), Best Cinematography (really?), Best Music (Jesus Christ people) and Best Technical Design!
Mein Gott!! Aren’t those all the awards? Okay, no but there are two that it should have been in as well; Best Screen play and Best Editing but I get where they were coming from. That would have been just too much and if it had won those it would have won Best Film which really let’s be serious here – A lesbian movie winning Best Film? In Korea? Not on the Government’s watch it cannot! And also goes for Best Director because being best Director means it comes with either Best Picture or Screenplay and Editing so really, it all comes down to simple mathematics!
But really, who gives a tick!?! I don’t care!! As far as I am concerned it won most of the important awards. Park Chan-wook should have gotten Best Director but alas. I watched the Wailing and train to Busan and I was like, seriously?! You know, I have come to a conclusion that putting some sucker punch in the FEELs department is what constitutes to a good movie these days. Some guy sacrifices themselves to save a little girl and tears everywhere, awards everywhere! Like, seriously!
Anyway, as I was saying, all the important awards we got and the most important of them all being Best Leading Actress which went to our lovely and most definitely missed, Kim Min-hee! Despite everything, despite the despair I felt when I saw that she was the only nominee not in attendance, we all got floored when she was actually announced as the winner! Oh, here comes the FEELs again, raining down like tragedy, raining down like a new emotion…
Okay, slow down me! Sorry about that dear Readers. Back on track, once again Kim Min-hee snatches the Best Actress award (the first being from the Directors’ Choice Awards) for her role as ‘Ahgassi’. I am so not crying! I will so not cry too when T-ara manages something similar in the future! And just like the first half, the other half – The Handmaiden, our lovely fresh-meat Kim Tae-ri also once again snatched the Best New Actress Award!
Friends, hold me!
Oh how I wish that Kim Min-hee was there! How I wish to have seen the two interact like all those times before, just the two of them, in their own world, my Korean Mayuki! I believe that the sheer power of their love would have snatched up that Best Film award had they been there together! But alas, Min-hee was not there, leaving our poor Baby all by herself…or was she?
So, if anyone is feeling a need to fantasize about what the two could have been to had Min-hee been around, jump over for some nostalgia pics of the two being love.
But what of the lovely Bae (Doona). What does she have to do with anything? Well, our Mistress got herself one really important prize and that was the Actress Popularity Award. Why am I mentioning her here? Well, she is only a Lead in ‘As One’ and ‘A Girl at My Door’, two movies in my Top 10 yuri movies list. It’s no big deal at all!!
And of ‘The World of Us’? Most of you probably did not know, really, neither did I, that the director of that movie was actually just making her debut with that movie! That’s right, that was her debut and she won the Best New Director Award deservingly! See people, both new (her – Yoon Ga-eun) and old (Park Chan-wook) directors are pushing the world in the right direction by bring awareness and reducing prejudice of homosexuality and other humanitarian issues through quality work! Others need to and I am sure are going to follow their example and soon it will be the Age of Yuri and CBMs!
What a time to be alive! What a year! Seriously 2016, you are awesome!
Have a nice one you all and I hope you got yourselves something nice today (All them discounts)…
Be happy, be very happy. You are getting to watch The Handmaiden in theatres from October 14th thanks to magnolia studios. You will get to experience this movie in all its 100% quality glory with the best English subtitles possible so I am feeling kind of jealous here. You better go and watch it and let us know what the big screen experience feels like.
The official trailer is out (still the stylish one) and to those who have managed to resist watching the online leaks, a word of warning before going into the cinema…
Buy very little popcorn because as soon as the movie starts, you will probably forget about it. Also make sure that you are ‘dressed for the occasion’ otherwise…hehehe…
Yes, just on hold because I refuse to believe that Lily Fever is over and done with! It was just a gold of a series! Dear South Korea, what are you waiting for? You experimented, the experiment was a success so where is muh series!!!
You had to put it on hold because our gurl was working on a movie at the time? Right, got it!
Seems like that movie is this little awesome thing that is opening today in Korean cinemas! Hence why I decided to write about it now actually! And I have to say that just from the few videos out on the movie, I am actually pretty intrigued! Forget the young love, the story really seems to be too deep for the intended audiences but then again, this is Korea so…
I was at first lured in by that poster but when I saw the trailers and the interview videos, I was really hooked on the story so I am definitely adding this to the ‘Must Have’ list.
And really, other than the yuri, our girl from Lily Fever is here as well. I did not find a video with subs so I have no idea what is what in regards to characters so I don’t know if she is an adult version of our (short-haired) protag or if she is just a completely different character. I hope it’s the former so we can have some High School romance too but since I did not see another character around her age, I am a bit worried. But then again they might just have decided to not show her so…
Anyway, jump over for the trailers and more caps…
So, everything, it seems, couldn’t go any better this year. After my cries out for help last time, someone was nice enough to translate the relevant points from that interview. In addition, there is tonnes of videos from Cannes a few days ago, where we get some more lovely scenes of our two ladies, Kim Min-Hee and Kim Tae-Ri.
Looks like the French title is the the exact translation of the Korean one (Why can’t everyone else follow this?). But isn’t it interesting that all titles are about the ladies? For a movie that was seemingly supposed to focus on the male characters more, it still stayed with the important things. The Korean and French titles are about the Lady (Maud) while the English titles are about the Handmaid (Sue). To go with the English title that supports the original story showing Sue as the main character or stay canon as the director intended and go with the Korean?
Whatever the case may be, the verdict is still the same – I want this movie, now! To hell with that ‘Good Things Come To Those Who Wait’ babble! And if we are taking France as the basis, since they will be getting Ahgassi (Mademoiselle – in French) in their theatres in August, if they are showing it in the UK, it will be around the same time? Meaning we can expect a DVD sometime in Jan/Feb next year?
The more I think about the Bluray release dates the more I get depressed so let’s move on…