Renowned director Park Chan Wook is adding another honor to his extensive reputation, as his latest film “The Handmaiden” has set a new record in its opening week.
Over the course of its first week in theatres, “The Handmaiden” had over 1.8 million viewers, making it the rated-R film with the most opening week viewers in Korea. By comparison, the 2015 film “Inside Men,” which is currently the No. 1 rated-R film of the Korean box office, saw around 1.6 million viewers in its first week in theatres.
“The Handmaiden” also easily beat the previous record of most viewers of a rated-R film in its opening week of all time, which was set by “Deadpool” with 1.7 million viewers in its opening week.
Park Chan Wook’s most recent film is about a pickpocket who is hired by a con man to become the handmaiden of a Japanese heiress in a plot to seize her wealth. The film stars Kim Tae Ri, Kim Min Hee, Ha Jung Woo, and Jo Jin Woong.