'Oldboy' director Park Chan-wook to direct adaptation of 'Fingersmith'

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Perhaps best known for his harrowing film Oldboy, Korean director Park Chan-wook has kept busy both at home and abroad. Having directed four other films since his famous 2003 thriller, including his English-language debut with Stoker, Chan-wook is returning home with his latest project.

Chan-wook has chosen to adapt the 2002 novel Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, a Victorian-style crime novel that the director will be putting his own spin on. The London-set novel will be shifted to 20th-century Korea during a period of Japanese rule in Chan-wook’s film, which currently has a Korean title, Agashi. The name translates to “young lady” or “miss” in English—which is fitting, considering the book’s original plot.

Waters’ novel follows the plight of orphan Sue Trinder, who, in the care of Mrs. Sucksby, grows close to a family of thieves living in her adoptive home. Known as fingersmiths, they corral Sue into one of their schemes, asking her to become the maid to the wealthy Maud Lilly in a plot to steal her inheritance. The plan loses its way, however, when Sue begins to fall in love with Lilly.

Agashi is currently in the process of casting, and Chan-wook plans to begin filming in 2015.


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