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[Pics] Ahgassi KR Sp PB

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So, the Korean version of The Handmaiden released as the 3Disc DVD set had a special photobook that was completely different from the one that was sold separately and released Q3 last year.

Though I guess the last one was less about was we would expect from a PB because it was more like some tid-bit info on locations and such about the movie from the director himself. This one is the one you would expect and while I was a little disappointed with the first one, this was took all my disappointments away because it is so good. It has both photos of scenes from the movie and those you haven’t seen too.

And don’t get me started on that cover! Just when you thought this movie couldn’t possibly get any gayer!!! And as such, while I would have a bunch of pics here before the jump, this time the cover deserves all the attention because it is that grand! But even with that awesomeness, even as they did not have to, the back cover even goes a step farther by zooming out and showing us the faces of our girls, like anyone had any doubt as to who were these two people holding hands!

Anywho, you can just download the zip from MF or jump ahead and get the ones you want…But before I go, I wish to express the unfairness of it all that Kim Min-hee did not get all the awards possible for her lead role in The Handmaiden! Seriously, she was beyond acting in this movie. if you have seen her previous roles and know her true personality, you have to realise what an incredible job she did as Izumi Hideko! Seriously, so sad and so unfair!

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Germany Ain’t Playing Around!

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So, I mentioned that a certain version of The Handmaiden was on the way, well, it’s here and dear Readers, is it grande!!!

Germany went all commando on this one! Not only did they pack a full 5 Discs into the box (BD and DVD versions of the Theatrical and Extended cuts of the movie, and an Extras DVD), but they also managed to pack in the condensed version of the photobook that got released first all those months ago last year! In addition to all that goodness, they also included some cards!

For now, they are the winners but the only reason that they won over Korea was because they had the Blurays, which the Korean version did not have. But that means that Korea will be releasing a Blu-ray version and are probably leaving it up to Plain Archive! You know that release is gonna be bananas!

The Germany version did not win because of the extras because I already own a bigger version of the PB while Korea gave us a completely different PB with their Boxset. France too has a win though, for being the first one to give us a Blu-ray of the Extended Version!

Up next is the English Blu-ray coming in two months! Sadly I do not think that is going to be winning any awards, only if it has extras that are translated. Be it only the Commentary of the Extended Version or the making ofs, whatever they have translated will see a win for them. Really, they better have them translated, otherwise I am giving them a minus for taking so long to release the BDs when they aren’t doing anything productive for it!

Any way, that’s that. Jump over for more photos of this lovely Boxset of The Handmaiden from Germany…

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It’s The Age of Yuri II

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53rd Baeksang Arts Awards WINNERS!!

First of all, I have not been active because DIVA (My PC) is fucked! I am in the middle of purchasing parts to upgrade so I won’t be up and running until two weeks out! So these days, when I am desperate, I hit the cafes (didn’t even think they still existed!) but mostly I am on twitter and tumblr on my also old phone (also to be upgraded this weekend).

So yeah, do not worry, if you were ^_^. I am alive and kicking and trying not to die from not having a PC!!

Anyway, this being about Ahgassi, I just had to write about it! The 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards (AKA Korean Golden Globes) just happened and there was not one, or two, but THREE yuri movies that won during the ceremony!

These movies are listed above and as if making up for the shenanigans of the actual Golden Globes, in that they did not even bother to nominate The Handmaiden, my all time favourite movie ever took the night by winning the GRAND PRIZE! That’s right, every other movie ate Ahgassi’s dust!

Looks like Wonder Woman will be a tad bit late to the party because Justice has already been served!

I am so happy that I am not even going to try to think of how Kim Tae-ri did not win Best New Actress this time around after winning everything since The Handmaiden came out, nor the fact that Kim Min-hee did not take the Leading Actress prize! Then again, there would have been complaints I am sure since she is no stranger to winning Best Actress in these Korean Golden Globes! She has in fact won twice already, the first time being for yet another yuri movie – Hellcats AKA I Like It Hot!

Interestingly, and thus making me care even less is that fact that the person that stole Kim Tae-ri’s awards is actually in our next film – Our Love Story! Lee Sang-hee II won the prize for Best New Actress for her role as Yoon-joo in Our Love Story! So really, no reason to complain! Also The Handmaiden basically won the overall prize which you can take as it winning every category!

As for the third and final film, the movie that made me cry and sign in awe at the awesome story progression and surprising performances from such young leads, The World Of Us won Best Screenplay totally validating my fan-gasming over its brilliance or story telling!

See this the rest of the world? Get to it already! Japan, France, Thailand, everyone else, give us our yuri movies, good yuri movies, that have good endings! No more beating around the bush and getting cold feet…

See you in a few…


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My Tamako, My Sook-hee!

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“…of All the Girls in the World, You Sent me Sook-hee. For that, I am ‘slightly’ grateful” – Izumi Hideko.

So…

Already at four times watching this movie! And all I gotta say is that Mr Park and GAIN are geniuses! GAIN of course for having been able to come up with one of the best feature themes ever! Ever since Friday Night, I have not listened to any other music other than The Handmaiden OST and ‘The Footsteps of my Dear Love’ has to be repeated every time it shows up in my queue, and dares to end! This song is just so Godly!

As for Mr Park Chan-wook, there is nothing more to say about his film-making ability (and to think that he started out a a mere critic!), no, what I am praising him here for is his decision to use this song as the ED for the movie, because my God, as soon as the real moon changes into the painting on Hideko’s room’s double doors, geniusly stopping at Sook-hee’s bed, and then the title comes on and the song starts, I am instantly craving another go at the movie! I am already missing Hideko and Sook-hee  and want to just see them again!

Like, this is pure genius!

Sadly, I can only watch it once a day!

Sorry I couldn’t write after yesterday’s viewing but I was just so smashed (there had to be that co-worker that decided to go out for drinks after work and you don’t want to be that one bitch that refuses so I had to tag along) but I totally remember how yesterday’s viewing went! yesterday, having gone for an earlier show, I had some time to kill so I decided to take my Fingersmith book with me and managed to get to the point where Sue was on the train to Briar. I of course couldn’t help seeing the differences when the movie begun and finding myself actually missing certain characters and scenes that could never make it into the story of the movie!

For example, no chance of a peek into Sook-hee’s childhood like in the book, no Mr Ibbs, no Charlie Wag T.T, missed that possessive nature of Mrs Sucksby of Sue, but then again, since her arc was none-existent in the movie, I guess focusing on her would have been a waste of time. And if Mrs Sucksby wasn’t in, then the others had no place since, really, all other characters there at Lant Street revolved around her.

Having gotten wasted after hours of work after the movie, I struggle to recall what I took away from it in the third viewing but I do remember one thing that might shock some of you.

I felt sorry for Fujiwara! Unlike others, I actually don’t hate him as much! I hated Charles in the book but not Fujiwara here! Here, he actually believed in his Count fantasy to a fault of being a gentleman actually! His greed of that high life saved us from what he could have done that is worse! He was more interested in his high class life than harass Hideko! Really, the only thing that made me hate him a bit was what he had planned for Sook-hee in the asylum! Speaking of that restaurant scene, I finally got what was going on there fully on the third viewing. Specifically, Hideko’s expression here as she listened to Fujiwara’s plans for her Sook-hee!

“When someone talks shit about your girl” – should be the meme in big bold letters accompanying Hideko’s expression here, where she looks like she is smiling but most definitely is not! I could finally see the anger behind, the words of venom in her mind towards Fujiwara and totally looking forward and wanting to be there for what her Uncle would do to him!

But to the subject, I am not sure how Mr Park managed it but he made me feel for Fujiwara’s death! Though he did not deserve it, he actually got a very good death! I guess it was his own reward? (pls someone get this ref >.<)

Anyway, the way his death was presented was just emotional demanding! The way they used his breath to signal his end, and to also show how his life flashed before his eyes just before he died, his life that was strangely filled with Hideko! On my third I finally got thinking! Remember when he said that he liked Hideko ‘slightly’? Seeing as all his last visions were of Hideko, I believe it was not just simply slightly! He loved Hideko and there is two things that support this truth!

During their dinner, he said to Hideko that she should not pity him if his love for her were to lead him to ruin! That love lead him to ruin and yes, he did love her truly, if you remember what he said to the Uncle before his death about him ‘too’ going soft and dull, this means that he too went soft and lost to his emotions for Hideko!

Another point is that Hideko used the word ‘slightly’, in quotations might I add, to show her appreciation for Fujiwara choosing to send her Sook-hee out of all the girls in the world. We all know that Hideko is not just ‘slightly’ grateful for Sook-hee, she is very grateful, forever grateful! if you think of that and what the count said, then you know he had more feelings for Hideko than just ‘slightly’!

And to nail the point home, of course there are the flashes of Hideko as he took his last breath. His very last was when she was smiling at him as she rested her head on Sook-hee’s shoulder as they travelled on the river by the small boat. The way that scene was executed, the sound being that of only his breathing, the way the picture of him froze, then slowly faded to black, totally signalling him fazing away.

Oh hell no, I am not going to cry for you Fujiwara!

*Rubs eyes furiously*

Deciding to go from that right to Hideko and Sook-hee last sex scene at first it seemed odd but on my fourth viewing it made sense! There were two sex scenes in the movie (with the first being showed in two POVs) and they are all necessary! Where as the first both were in it with different goals in mind, with deceit abound, both playing roles and not being themselves, and thus taking away from it the meaning of love-making and making it just a sex scene, the second se scene, the love scene, is necessary because here, they are both themselves! There is no hiding behind lies and hidden motives! The Uncle is dead, Fujiwara is dead, they are far away from home, out to see, Hideko no longer needs to play the innocent lamb needing to learn something and Sook-hee isn’t using excuses to make love to Hideko.

Here they are mutually making love, they are themselves, they even are comfortable enough to turn objects of sadism to those of 100% pleasure without the pain. The fact that they are doing that shows that Sook-hee accepts Hideko’s other half, the one damaged from all those indecent books. it also shows that Hideko took something useful away from that horror of a life and made use of it in her free real life!

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And I am totally just saying everything that should be said in movie reviews, aren’t I? Time to stop!

So then what’s the plan? Well, I have just ordered a new copy of Fingersmith (the BBC special) 2 Disc SP Edition from Netherlands and currently, as I said, I’m in the middle of re-reading the book, then I am going to go see if I can find STR versions of the American DVD subs so I can time them to the FR Blu-ray. I will then re-watch the drama special, finish reading the book and then start the real review, comparing all three versions for this greatest (yuri) love story ever told!

Sadly, we have to wait until August for the official subtitles for the Extended Edition (Why Murica, why?!!!!)! But believe you me, We will be re-visiting the topic once August rolls around! Already pre-ordered my copy! Not waiting around for anything! Really, I am pretty sure that I will still be doing Ahgassi posts even then so it will only be a matter of taking a step back!

I just want to save Sook-hee for the real reviews because my God, there is no way this girl is a n00b! I simply rafuse to believe it! So much to talk about her! All her scenes were magnificent, which is why I am having trouble finding one to talk about before the actual review, God, I hate the word review! I mean before my final thoughts on the movie, like I do others! But this being The Handmaiden, those thoughts are going to rival the longest fic you have ever read! So be prepared! You should be, you know what this movie means to me!

And I will leave it at that! But before I go, to those of you out there that have been affected by the current pessimistic age, see after the jump for proof of my four viewings experience n four days!

Ja

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Ahgassi 2nd Experience…

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Spellbindingly Beautiful Intensifies!

…even better than last night!!!!

Dear Readers, I don’t think I am going to stop watching this movie in the cinema! I think I am in dire need of hel-

Wait a minute…I have Unlimited Membership, which means I can watch this movie any time I damn want, as many times, in a single day, as I damn can! I don’t need no help!

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The Handmaiden!

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Dear Readers, it has finally happened!

I have finally watched Ahgassi in its entirety, previously having been a pussy…cat, to actually finish it because I thought it would be too much for me!

It is now almost 2 in the morning, having caught a late night showing on opening day here in Dublin! I have to be up for work (yes, I work weekends too) in four hours tops but I just have to give you my first real impression of this movie!

THERE IS NO, and, THERE SHALL NEVER BE A EQUAL!

There are two movies in my life that have completely changed my view on movies in their category. The Handmaiden is the 2nd one! These two movies are now the two that all others of their kind will be judged! Any movie that dares have a theme of yuri in it’s existence shall from now on be judged with Ahgassi. And they will fail!

I under-estimated how much I would actually love this movie! Previously it was because it is based on my favourite book, so it had to be the best! I also had the thought that since I know that book almost as intimately as the back of my hand, I thought I would be a little disappointed having already known the plot!

I was wrong!

This is it guys. it is already stated but now I am making it a life statement. The Handmaiden/Ahgassi, is now and forever, my favourite, my No.1, my most treasured experience in the whole of my life!

All the things I thought I would come out of the theater feeling, all the feelings I thought I would have while watching this movie, all those things were wrong! I will need a longer post, and most probably after a second viewing tomorrow to explain this but, of all the things I thought I would come away with from seeing this movie, a cracked face that is the result of dried tears, un-even breathing that is the after-effect of crying like a baby, those were not the things I expected to be feeling after words.

But they are!

I have once again been changed but a movie! I am never going to look at yuri movies from now on the same way again. I know from experience from the other movie, that I am going to have to live with disappointments from now on because no other yuri movie shall ever make me feel emotions like Ahgassi has!

Even the little portion I saw from the rips felt completely different to me! Is it the subtitles, now that they are official? The movie was completely different this night!

Dear Readers, I don’t even know what…

I need to sleep these emotions off, think of this, watch the movie again tomorrow after work, then make sense!

Sorry, I will see you all tomorrow!

Good night!