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So, You Think You Love THE HANDMAIDEN

That’s Cute…

And I am not even done yet!

There’s still a lot missing from my collection including the Japanese Version, Taiwan Version, the American Version and so many others from the looks of that special arts book that came with my #PlainArchive purchase, which showcases all the covers and posters of The HANDMAIDEN from around the world!

I gotta catch’em all!

Now dear Reader, that is love for THE HANDMAIDEN!



[Ahgassi]It’s Confirmed – God Is On My Side!

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“Dat Scene”
”Dat OST/Cover”

Dear Readers, what is happening?! Please, someone tell me! Is this all the luck that was missing the latter half of last year? Is it all accumulating to this one focal point in my entire existence? This is the moment! This right here, this very year, is going down in my history as the moment that I shall never forget, along with the very moment that I get to own this movie and watch it for the very first time! Those moments are never ever going to be forgotten! I am going to take a photo of me tomorrow, sign it with this movie’s title, frame it, and put it in my will to be buried alongside me when I go!

Has anybody ever been this crazy about something? I think not! So please, do bear with me with all this Ahgassi related posts! I won’t be mad at you if you decide to leave and never come back until a year later when I have finally watched the movie! That is how much this movie means to be! That is how much Fingersmith means to me!

Where to even begin, as far as the subject of this post is concerned? Anyhow, I was out getting from work, on the bus, too tired my eyes gluing the eyelids together from lack of energy, when I see a notif about a comment from another of my lovely, lovely, Readers – Jennyshinvi (you Goddess!)letting me know that there might just be a new video that I have not watched!

I visited the youtube link…This was six hour ago! I feel like I just woke up! I have literally watched the new preview of the Official Music Video of the Ahgassi, more than 45 times since then!!!

OMG! It’s so good! The MV! The Music! Everything is Oh So Good! I am not just being a fangirl! This is legit and you will see after the jump when you watch the video yourselves (if you have not already!)!

I don’t believe this but this movie might actually beat the actual book! From the very little I have seen, especially of Sue’s view, the book’s only let-down was how un-romantic Sue’s (the first arc) POV was! You had to be a deep thinker, looking beyond the layers and with some experience in the power of goggles to catch the feelings in certain scenes in the book and this was intentional because Sue was innocent that way, in that though she grew up in London, she was real pure at the core. They had sheltered her from the worst of the world so she lacked expression of her feelings. This was part of her character as we see when we get to Maud’s Arc and POV!

The movie wins in that department because now we get to actually see what happened and clearly catch the Sue’s emotions from her actions, physical expressions and that is almost tens of times better than the book in that regard! I have already seen this in the movie and it is already a winner! Mr Park Chan-Wook was the perfect pick to adapt this challenging book and he pulled it off!

Other than that, I am not attacking anyone but I find it funny that while almost every one was flipping their hats when the movie was announced thinking that the gay was in jeopardy, the exact opposite seems to be happening! The Director actually added in more gayness! That’s right, Fingersmith is gayer in this movie than in the book! I have already seen multiple scenes that were altered from the book, only in the positive light, in that they were made gayer!

Examples include, from this very video, the boat scene – In the book, Sue wanted so bad to hold Maud but she dared not because of what awaited them and because of RFR. Here instead, and with a twist, Maud reaches out to intertwine their fingers (Heart-rate Intensifies!)! it is Maud, the last person you expected to do it, doing it here! Oh My Goodness gracious!

The other example is THAT FRIKKIN BATH SCENE! Jesus! And here I thought I had seen all there was to see about that scene, and that only what was left was Maud’s POV! OMG is this it? That tooth scene was not that at all gay in the book! Not even close! First of all Sue was not aware at all what was going on! Maud too was not truly comprehending the feelings within her at that moment. There was no Sue holding Maud’s head like that! it was not in the bath, as I said before, a bath that Sue seems to be joining in one of the trailers! Sue and Maud never, ever shared a bath in the book!!!! But that is not even the point! The point is about that moment where Maud caresses Sue’s elbow! That is so not in the book! And that is so so GAY! So is Sue’s reaction to the caress!

Oh Jesus dear Readers, I think this movie is going to be the end all be all for me! From now on, every movie to cross my path will be judged based on this movie!

And another last but most definitely not least example of scene changes, is that last shot we see in this Music Video with the two running off into the distance! that did so not happen in the book! Could it be the actual ending or perhaps one of Maud’s dreams?

Someone please give me this movie now! I will do anything! You hear me? I will do anything!

God is so good to me right now! And the reason why I decided on that title is because of the Soundtrack! The OST cover to be precise! It was just a day ago, literally a day ago, that I wished that the DVD covers would be based on those two posters of Maud and Sue (Hideko and Sook-hee) and now…Look at it! Look at that OST cover! If experience has taught me anything it is that OST and DVD covers are never that hugely different! We have Sue on the OST Cover taking front so is it really that un-fathomable to think that the DVD (Oh God please make it Blu-ray) cover will be the Maud version? No it isn’t!!

Literally, my wish just got (semi) granted!


Speaking of the OST, I have had the song on full repeat as I write this post! That’s right, a full version of the song is already online (Blessed Internetz) and my God! I haven’t wanted a Korean Soundtrack this bad since Voice Letter! What are you slacking off for Korea, get to selling this already! Let us have something to keep us going until the movie comes to us!

Seriously, the song is so good, so perfect for the movie’s story that I cried. I literally cried watching this video the first few times. I listened to the song, thought of the story of Fingersmith and I just cried! I don’t understand a word in the lyrics but the music just fits the story so perfectly that I just felt it in my bones! The power of music dear Readers, the power of music!

What is going to happen to me when I finally know what the lyrics mean? I better prepare the bed to watch this while I am laying down because I know I am going to need my comfortable blankets to protect my poor being!

It’s like, 4 in the morning so I better leg it. Jump over for the gifs galore and the video…

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[Ahgassi / Pics] Praised be to Everything!

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And to you too my lovely Readers, today especially to Anon Korean, who just gave me possibly, the greatest news for the next couple of months! And that is…

There’s gonna be a Blu-Ray and it is over 3hrs long!

Dear Readers, my life’s mission is complete! I have read a couple of home-base reviews (via google translate) and those under 8/10 think the movie is worth awards…They gave it a 7 or less yet think it is still worth awards! Other casual viewers were 10/10 – 8. Let me know of more about this dear Anon Korean but it is safe to say that Mr Park Chan-Wook might just have done the book justice!

The words justice in the context of adaptation and Fingersmith should not be uttered within the same space and yet, here I am!

Over 3 hours of Blu-Ray (Hopefully 4K) Fingersmith goodness! Please slap me and wake me up from this too-good-to-be-true dream! If I remember correctly the theatrical cut is 2h45m meaning there is gonna be 18 minutes of extra cream and strawberry goodness on top of that already heavenly delicious cake!

Someone please freeze me and wake me up when this Blu-Ray is out! Dear Mr Freeze, if you can hear me, I volunteer to be used in your experiments to save your wife!

Oh Lord, my shelf is going to be so precious in the near future with all these great movies on it. Now if Taiwan would release a re-mastered version of Spider Lilies in Blu-Ray, I would sacrifice the rest of my life to do the Lord’s work, for I don’t need no-thing more in this world!

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I hope they use these images for the DVD/Blu-Ray covers. They totally remind me of the covers for the Taiwanese version of ‘Painter of the Wind’ TV series Box set which looked something like this…


Once again thank you very much Anonymous Korean. Please do share more info in the future about this movie (Like where Blu-rays are listed or like where Blu-rays are listed, or like where the Blu-rays are listed!).

Good night dear Readers, but before I leave, some pics…

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[Ahgassi] So, The Movie Opened 01/06 At Home

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Holy Shi- Are those Lilies!!?

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And apparently, it’s the 2nd biggest ‘adult’ opening which, while at first you might think it is a given with Park Chan-Wook as the director, let’s not forget that this is a gay movie first and foremost. That changes the conversation. But anyway, leaving numbers on the side, I am writing about this to share a nice little interview with Kim Min-Hee I found. Excerpt…

Q: When do you think Hideko opened up to Sook-hee?

I think she would’ve thought, ‘she’s strange’ from the beginning. You can’t justify the start of a human’s feelings to a moment. It’s true in reality too. Feelings build up to become love in the end and I think that’s what happened to Hideko.

Original Source –> HERE. Translated hancinema Source –> HERE.

A little explanation to those that might be wondering…Hideko is Maud’s character in this movie (played by Kim Min-Hee) and Sook-hee, well, self-explanatory that is Suky Tawdry, AKA Susan Trinder MKA Sue (played by Kim Tae-Ri) – the central main character in Fingersmith!

BUT anyway, how about that answer though >.< And if we are going by the book, their fate was not set from their first meeting, it was set just before their birth! Their love was born with them. Truly, the greatest love story as far as I am concerned!

Man, I love this movie so damn much before I have even watched it! I swear if I was aware of this movie a little earlier, I would be in Korea right now, just to see this movie! wouldn’t even care that I could not understand a word, well, except Ahgassi!!

Please Ireland, please be awesome and be one of the 172 countries (A record at Cannes for a Korean movie by the way) that bought the rights to show this movie in their cinemas! Otherwise I am going to have to fly somewhere just to see it. France is October, UK is probably a bit earlier, if they are showing it.

Okay, that is a lot of IFs. Time to cut down on some and do some digging as to which countries are showing this. Then it’s off to Holiday planning! have you ever planned a holiday around a movie? Well I have, twice this year! This is the second. The first is obvious! Speaking of the obvious, dat ultimate cut trailer tho >.<


[Ahgassi] I’ll Just Be Over Here…

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…Waiting for This Movie!

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?

Decision, decisions…

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…

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