‘Oldboy’ Director Park Chan-Wook Starts Lesbian ‘Fingersmith’ Adaptation
“Old Boy” Director Park Chan-wook has started making the film “Fingersmith” adaptation, which is the Korean reinterpretation of Sarah Waters’ lesbian romance thriller novel. Read for more details.
According to SBS, the production for Chan-wook’s “Fingersmith” adaptation has started near Nagoya, Japan last week. The film is a Korean reinterpretation of a crime novel and lesbian love story set in the Victorian era. The screenwriter of the film is Chung Seo-kyung. The casts that play the leading roles are Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri and Ha Jung-woo.
The source revealed that this film is Chan-wook’s “first Korean-language directorial piece in six years, since the Cannes-winning vampire film Thirst in 2009.” The source also said that the movie “relocates the scene to Korea and Japan in the 1930s, when Korea was under Japanese occupation.”
“Fingersmith” came as a two-part BBC mini-series that appeared on television in 2005, with casts being Elaine Cassidy and Sally Hawkins.
According to Variety, the “Fingersmith” adaptation is co-produced by Park’s Moho Film as well as producer Lee Yong-seung’s Yong Film. The cinematographer of the film is Jeong Jeong-hun and production designer is Ryu Seong-hee. The source also revealed that the “production budget is set at KRW 11 billion ($9.94 million), excluding P&A.”
It was previously reported by A.V Club that the movie, currently titled “Agashi,” is an adaptation of Sarah Waters’ Victorian lesbian crime novel “Fingersmith,” which was adapted earlier in the year 2005 as a “two-part BBC production starring Sally Hawkins.”
The source also said that the film production is to run for a minimum of about 70 days. The completed “Fingersmith” adaptation is expected to be released in 2016.
We are anxious to see Park Chan-wook’s fondness for Gothic atmosphere and erotic undertones. Fans of “Fingersmith” and Park – have patience to wait until the film is released.
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