A new record got broken from the Korean film contingent attending this year’s 2016 Cannes Film Festival – famed director Park Chan Wook‘s long awaited intense period movie The Handmaiden broke the record set by Bong Joon Ho‘s Snowpiercer as the best selling Korean movie of all time. The Handmaiden was sold to 175 countries over Snowpiercer’s 167, but the more important thing is on Korea continuing to churn out visually and directorially sumptuous fare.
The Cannes screening of The Handmaiden got a minutes long standing ovation and much praise for the debut of ingenue Kim Tae Ri, who landed the role after Park Chan Wook auditioned overt 1500 actresses. Kim Tae Ri joins her leads Ha Jung Woo and Kim Min Hee in the cover and pages of Vogue Korea June edition, artfully decked out in couture and funky hairstyles. As much as I love watching and writing about K-dramas, it’s Korean movies that has really elevated Korean entertainment to auteur levels.