The Handmaiden, Park Chan-Wook’s latest tour de force, recently came out in the United States, and critics and audiences alike have been singing its praises. This salacious thriller is one of the most celebrated films of the year, explicit sex scenes and all. (If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and go see it now while it’s still in theaters. With your grandma. She’ll love it. You’ll bond. Send me pics of you going to see The Handmaiden with your grandma, and I’ll pay for your ticket.)

    Not content to rest on those laurels, Park is already working on his next project, Second Born, which started production in 2014. This film will be based on an original screenplay by David Jagernauth, about a futuristic society where neural microchip implants are used to store consciousness and black market body-swapping is rampant. Very little is known about the film at this point, but considering how consistently Park Chan-Wook has managed to knock it out of the park with his most recent string of films, it’s safe to say Second Born is definitely worth getting excited about. Right now it seems that literally everything this man breathes on becomes an instant classic. You think I’m kidding, but I mailed him my Chipotle receipt last month and I don’t want anyone to be surprised when he screens it and it wins an Oscar.

    So you’re new to Park Chan-Wook’s work and want a deeper peek into his unique style of filmmaking before Second Born comes out. Or maybe you just saw The Handmaiden in theaters and want to binge on even more of Park’s mind-bending plot twists and stunning set pieces. Either way, I’m here to help. Check out four of the other acclaimed Park Chan-Wook films that are streaming for free on Tubi TV right now:


J.S.A.: Joint Security Area (2000)


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Full disclosure: I’m typing through tears, still crying over this movie. If you’re looking for a film that’s both sweetly funny and gut-wrenchingly dramatic, this story of an unlikely and dangerous friendship between enemy soldiers is for you. In addition to a riveting mystery at the center of it all, the film also gives us a first peek at the early days of now familiar faces from Park Chan-Wook films, including Lee Byung‑hun, of recent Magnificent 7 and Terminator Genisys fame.


Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)


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Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance is the first in Park Chan-Wook’s famous revenge trilogy. In this colorful thriller full of weird characters and breakneck plot turns, a deaf mute man bungles a kidnapping staged to pay for his sister’s surgery. Will he escape the wrath of a father hell bent on revenge?


Oldboy (2003)


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The second and by far most famous film in Park’s revenge trilogy. This movie won 27 different international awards at the time of its release and launched a thousand and one imitators, including an American remake 10 years later. In it, a man is released after being mysteriously kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years, with only five days to unravel the mystery of what happened to him.  Holy craps, guys, this movie. Remember in that first scene in the bar with the octopus when he…? Oh. Okay, yeah. I won’t spoil it. But come find me after you’ve watched it so we can talk about it. You’re gonna want to talk to someone about it.


Lady Vengeance (2005)


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This movie is the final one in Park’s revenge trilogy, and it fully delivers on his trademark dark humor and shock value. When a beautiful young woman is released from prison after serving 13 years for a murder she didn’t commit, she smears on her red eyeshadow and embarks on a brutal quest for justice against those who betrayed her. By the end, she achieves a bizarre redemption in this explosive but strangely uplifting tale.


     What’s your favorite film by Park Chan-Wook? Are you gonna go see The Handmaiden with your grandma? How do you feel about what happens to that octopus in Oldboy? Are you going to go see Second Born when it comes out? Let me know in the comments below!

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