Movies like The Handmaiden

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The Handmaiden
Original name: 아가씨
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 144 min.
Story: 1930s Korea, in the period of Japanese occupation, a new girl (Sookee) is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress (Hideko) who lives a secluded life on a large countryside estate with her domineering Uncle (Kouzuki). But the maid has a secret. She is a pickpocket recruited by a swindler posing as a Japanese Count to help him seduce the Lady to elope with him, rob her of her fortune, and lock her up in a madhouse. The plan seems to proceed according to plan until Sookee and Hideko discover some unexpected emotions.
Style: erotic, melancholic, intense, sexy, sexual, tense, colourful, non-linear, suspenseful, stylized ...
Plot: sex, plot twist, love, pornography, bdsm, twists & turns, storytelling, vengeance, stylish, beautiful scenery, violent, betrayal, love story, lesbian sex, culture clash, literature, revenge, sexuality, violence, brutality, con artists, lesbian relationship, obsession, secrets, art ...
Time: 1930s
Place: japan, tokyo

Most similar movies to The Handmaiden

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, enigmatic and talky films with plots about storytelling, dialogue, obsession, mentor, pornography, relationships and twists & turns mostly in Drama, Thriller and Romance genres. Some movies like The Handmaiden: Killer (1994), Lady Vengeance (2005), The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981), Separate Lies (2005), Attraction (2000). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Killer
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA, UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: This lyrical, modern-day film noir finds cynical hit man Mick (Anthony LaPaglia) tiring of his job and asking his boss, mob kingpin George (Peter Boyle), for time off. George gives him the assignment of his life, however, prompting Mick's ...
Style: sexy, suspenseful, psychological, suspense, serious ...
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Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
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System:   95%
    User:   82%
 
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Lady Vengeance
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After a 13-year imprisonment for the kidnap and murder of a 6 year old boy, beautiful Lee Guem-ja starts seeking revenge on the man that was really responsible for the boy's death. With the help of fellow inmates and reunited with her daughter, ...
Style: disturbing, stylized, psychological, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: vengeance, crime, vigilantism, redemption, revenge, torture, violence, kidnapping, murder, guilt, moral ambiguity, adoption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, korea, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   90%
    User:   74%
 
The Postman Always Rings Twice
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, West Germany
Duration: 122 min.
Story: This remake of the 1946 movie of the same name accounts an affair between a seedy drifter and a seductive wife of a roadside cafe owner. This begins a chain of events that culminates in murder. Based on a novel by James M. Cain.
Style: sexy, sexual, suspense, serious, clever ...
Plot: murder, betrayal, crime, obsession, sex, crime gone awry, adultery, neo-noir, neo noir, lawyer, pornography, male nudity ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   81%
    User:   83%
 
Separate Lies
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A cyclist is killed, swiped by a Range Rover in a village lane. James and Anne Manning become involved because the victim is the husband of their cleaner, Maggie. James, a solicitor in the city, soon comes to suspect William Bule, a millionaire ...
Style: realistic, serious, clever, talky, enigmatic ...
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Time: contemporary
Place: england, london, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   75%
    User:   71%
 
 5.2
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Attraction
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A writer/radio advice show host fails to heed his own advice as he stalks his ex-girlfriend and then becomes involved with an actress friend of hers.
Style: sexual, psychological, serious, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: obsession, betrayal, infidelity, mentally unstable, relationships, violent, young lovers, twists & turns, revenge, violence, sexualized violence, romance ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   75%
    User:   84%
 
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 30K
Bitter Moon
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: France, UK, USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: An embittered husband, paralyzed and in a wheelchair, buttonholes a complete stranger and begins to tell him the story of his marriage. The stranger would like to escape, but cannot. For one thing he grows fascinated by the story. For another he is ...
Style: sexual, erotic, talky, sexy, cynical ...
Plot: obsession, infidelity, romance, voyeurism, vengeance, marriage, femme fatale, sex, male nudity, ship, adultery, bdsm ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   69%
    User:   74%
 
Stranger by the Lake
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Summertime. A cruising spot for men, tucked away on the shores of a lake. Franck falls in love with Michel, an attractive, potent and lethally dangerous man. Franck knows this, but wants to live out his passion anyway.
Style: suspenseful, tense, erotic, serious, sexual ...
Plot: gay, loneliness, male nudity, murder, crime, homosexuality, love, obsession, danger, police investigation, gays and lesbians, serial killer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   66%
    User:   77%
 
Crimes of Passion
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Joanna Crane lives a double life. During the day she works as fashion designer but during the night she is the high class prostitute China Blue. As she is accused for industrial spying, Bobby Grady is hired to shadow her. However, they fall in love. ...
Style: sexual, erotic, suspenseful, serious, sexy ...
Plot: sex, obsession, prostitute, voyeurism, prostitution, sexuality, marriage, male nudity, strong sexual content, femme fatale, stalking, pornography ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   66%
    User:   54%
 
Temptress Moon
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Set in the decadent 1920s, Temptress Moon tells the very complicated story of a wealthy family living on the outskirts of Shanghai. Their youngest daughter, Ruyi, is brought up as a servant to her opium-addicted father and brother. Meanwhile, her ...
Style: stylized, serious, gloomy, melancholic, realistic ...
Plot: addiction, love, marriage, revenge, parents and children, revolution, murder, dysfunctional family, violence, betrayal, pornography, crimes ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: china, asia, tokyo, japan, spain ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   64%
    User:   76%
 
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 6K
Taboo
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Japan, France, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set during Japan's Shogun era, this film looks at life in a samurai compound where young warriors are trained in swordfighting. A number of interpersonal conflicts are brewing in the training room, all centering around a handsome young samurai ...
Style: stylized, atmospheric, psychological, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: samurai, homosexuality, gay, political unrest, sword fight, art, obsession, vengeance, gender, stylish, culture clash, violence ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   62%
    User:   70%
 
In the Realm of the Senses
Genre: Biography, Drama, Horror, Romance, Thriller
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Based on a true story set in pre-war Japan, a man and one of his servants begin a torrid affair. Their desire becomes a sexual obsession so strong that to intensify their ardor, they forsake all, even life itself.
Style: sexy, erotic, sexual, disturbing, psychological ...
Plot: obsession, male nudity, sexuality, prostitution, voyeurism, death, love, violence, murder, adultery, pornography, sex ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s, pre world war two
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   61%
    User:   100%
 
 7.6
 34K
Lust, Caution
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: USA, China, Taiwan
Duration: 157 min.
Story: During World War II a secret agent must seduce, then assassinate an official who works for the Japanese puppet government in Shanghai. Her mission becomes clouded when she finds herself falling in love with the man she is assigned to kill.
Style: sexual, atmospheric, realistic, tense, serious ...
Plot: sex, love, espionage, assassination, brutality, violence, revolution, murder, resistance, adultery, neo noir, assassination attempt ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1940s
Place: china, japan, asia, shanghai, hong kong ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   61%
    User:   65%
 
 6.5
 3K
Kissed
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Over the years, a child's romantic ideals about death blossom into necrophilia, the study of embalming and the most profound relationship of her life.
Style: sexual, disturbing, psychological, serious, atmospheric ...
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Time: 90s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   60%
    User:   55%
 
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 63K
Chloe
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, France
Duration: 96 min.
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Style: psychological, erotic, sexy, suspense, emotional ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: toronto ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   59%
    User:   61%
 
The French Lieutenant's Woman
Genre: Drama, Romance
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Duration: 124 min.
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Style: clever, serious, atmospheric, enigmatic, romantic ...
Plot: romance, tragedy, love, adultery, postmodernism, destructive relationship, obsession, relationships, love story, period piece, love affair, literature ...
Time: 19th century, 80s, 18th century, victorian, 20th century ...
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   59%
    User:   59%
 
 6.8
 8K
Dot the I
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Spain, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Young lovers in London are wrapped up in a love triangle that may not be exactly what it seems. Carmen, a beautiful Spanish woman with a tendency to lose her temper at the drop of a hat, is about to be married to Barnaby, a caring, wealthy, but ...
Style: clever, sexy, stylized, psychological, sexual ...
Audience: date night
Plot: romance, infidelity, love triangle, fall in love, twists & turns, plot twist, love story, actor's life, relationships, dialogue, secrets, storytelling ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   59%
    User:   50%
 
Shanghai Triad
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: France, China
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A provincial boy related to a Shanghai crime family is recruited by his uncle into cosmopolitan Shanghai in the 1930s to be a servant to a ganglord's mistress.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, clever, serious, captivating ...
Plot: crime, gangsters, coming of age, murder, gangster, betrayal, death, artists and showbiz, violence, crimes, island, loneliness ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: china, asia, shanghai, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   57%
    User:   50%
 
 6.8
 95K
Stoker
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After India's father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, psychological, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: mystery, death, murder, mysterious character, stylish, psychology, death in the family, serial killer, estate, vengeance, obsession, violent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, connecticut, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   56%
    User:   53%
 
 6.8
 8K
M. Butterfly
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In 1960s China, French diplomat Rene Gallimard falls in love with an opera singer, Song Liling - but Song is not at all who Gallimard thinks.
Style: erotic, serious, enigmatic, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: opera, betrayal, romance, espionage, culture clash, cross dressing, adultery, politics, obsession, destiny, fall in love, actor's life ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: china, asia, europe, france, tokyo ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   55%
    User:   56%
 
Broken Embraces
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Harry Caine, a blind writer, reaches this moment in time when he has to heal his wounds from 14 years back. He was then still known by his real name, Mateo Blanco, and directing his last movie.
Style: clever, emotional, stylized, serious, enigmatic ...
Plot: obsession, betrayal, vengeance, love, romance, greed, blindness, neo noir, revenge, jealousy, relationships, postmodernism ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century, 1990s ...
Place: spain, madrid, europe, ibiza
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   55%
    User:   64%
 
Sleeping Beauty
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A haunting erotic fairytale about Lucy, a young University student drawn into a mysterious hidden world of beauty and desire.
Style: erotic, psychological, serious, tense, sexual ...
Plot: prostitution, prostitute, male nudity, sexuality, pornography, relationships, sex, sexual relations, art, perversion, loneliness, memory loss ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   54%
    User:   59%
 
Knife in the Water
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Poland
Duration: 94 min.
Story: On their way to a sailing trip, an aging husband and wife invite along an emphatic young hitchhiker out of sheer patronization.
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, tense, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: jazz, murder, crumbling marriage, marriage, ego clash, psychology, mentor, runaway, ship, moral ambiguity, intrigue, relationships ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   54%
    User:   56%
 
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 31K
Confessions
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A psychological thriller of a grieving mother turned cold-blooded avenger with a twisty master plan to pay back those who were responsible for her daughter's death.
Style: stylized, bleak, atmospheric, disturbing, psychological ...
Plot: vengeance, murder, teacher, revenge, bullying, unlikely criminals, storytelling, mentor, violence, twists & turns, brutality, psychology ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   63%
 
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Monsieur Hire
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A French man spies on a lovely younger woman across the way. When he's spotted by the woman shortly after being questioned by the police about a local murder, the man simple life becomes more complicated.
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, sexy, suspense, serious ...
Plot: murder, voyeurism, obsession, serial killer, investigation, mystery, loneliness, french, femme fatale, neo noir, crime, amateur detective ...
Time: 80s
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   60%
 
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O
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Hot young stars, a hip, driving soundtrack, plus a provocative tale of jealousy and betrayal combine to create this controversial modern-day version of Shakespeare's classic, "Othello." O is Odin James (Mekhi Phifer), the ...
Style: clever, serious, suspense, tense, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, betrayal, friendship, basketball, manipulation, violence, tragedy, teenager, friends, shakespeare, drugs/alcohol, boarding school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   52%
    User:   57%
 
When Night Is Falling
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A prudish woman, working on tenure as a literacy professor at a large urban university, finds herself strangely attracted to a free-spirited, liberal woman whom works at a local carnival which comes to town.
Style: erotic, sexual, serious, sexy, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: romance, lesbian, gays and lesbians, college, love story, love, women, nudity (topless - notable), relationships, sex, couple relations, beautiful scenery ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   48%
 
 7.6
 186K
Match Point
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Ireland, Luxembourg
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Match Point is Woody Allen’s satire of the British High Society and the ambition of a young tennis instructor to enter into it. Yet when he must decide between two women - one assuring him his place in high society, and the other that would bring ...
Style: talky, clever, tense, psychological, twists and turns ...
Plot: infidelity, adultery, love triangle, murder, blind ambition, tennis, instructor, actress, lust, obsession, social climbing, relationships ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   43%
 
The End of the Affair
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: On a rainy London night in 1946, novelist Maurice Bendrix has a chance meeting with Henry Miles, husband of his ex-mistress Sarah, who abruptly ended their affair two years before. Bendrix's obsession with Sarah is rekindled; he succumbs to his ...
Style: clever, emotional, sexual, intellectual, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: obsession, infidelity, romance, adultery, love, strong sexual content, love story, nudity (topless - notable), relationships, wartime, betrayal, god ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 19th century, 1930s ...
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   56%
 
A Dangerous Method
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, Canada, Switzerland, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Seduced by the challenge of an impossible case, the driven Dr. Carl Jung takes the unbalanced yet beautiful Sabina Spielrein as his patient. Jung’s weapon is the method of his master, the renowned Sigmund Freud. Both men fall under Sabina’s ...
Style: psychological, talky, sexual, intellectual, serious ...
Plot: sexuality, mental illness, psychology, insanity, period piece, psychiatrist, mentor, infidelity, dreams, adultery, doctors and patients, psychiatry ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1930s, 1910s
Place: europe, switzerland, central europe, austria, zurich switzerland
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   47%
    User:   49%
 
The Comfort of Strangers
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Italy, UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: An Italian diplomat's son follows and seduces English lovers in Venice.
Style: sexual, suspenseful, erotic, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: obsession, culture clash, marriage, bdsm, hotel, relationships, couple relations, twists & turns, psychology, infidelity, crime gone awry, mystery ...
Time: 80s
Place: venice, europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   47%
    User:   44%
 
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