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First Look at Park Chan-wook’s ‘The Handmaid’ and Ken Loach’s ‘I, Daniel Blake’

Written by on October 29, 2015 

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After trying out the world of Hollywood with his English-language debut Stoker, Park Chan-wook has returned to South Korea for his follow-up. Adapting Sarah Waters‘ novel Fingersmith, the period crime drama was initially set in Victorian London and follows young female thieves (aka fingersmiths), but the Oldboy director switched the location to his native country (as well as Japan).

Today now brings the first image, as well as the reveal of the title The Handmaid, courtesy of Twitch. Above one can see the main cast of Ha Jung-woo, Kim Min-hee, Jo Jin-woong and Kim Tae-ri in their 1930’s garb. Although no release date has been set, we can likely expect a premiere on the festival circuit next year for one of our most-anticipated projects.

Update: See another still below via Twitch as production has wrapped.

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We also have the great news that legendary U.K. director Ken Loach will not be retiring, as previously planned. Following up Jimmy’s Hall, he’s already underway shooting his next drama I, Daniel Blake, and today brings the first image thanks to Screen Daily. Frequent collaborator Paul Laverty is behind the story which stars Dave Johns in the title role and Hayley Squires. Check out the synopsis below, as well as the first look for the film planned to be released next year in the U.K. courtesy of eOne.

The story centers on Daniel Blake, 59, who has worked as a joiner most of his life in the North East of England and needs help from the State for the first time ever following an illness.

He crosses paths with a single mother Katie and her two young children, Daisy and Dylan. Katie’s only chance to escape a one roomed homeless hostel in London is to accept a flat some 300 miles away.

Daniel and Katie find themselves in no-man’s land caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy now played out against the rhetoric of ‘striver and skiver’ in modern day Britain.

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