In its first week in theatres Korean film The Handmaiden has surpassed 1.8 million viewers.

The film is a Korean adaption of the novel “Fingersmith” by Sarah Waters, which follows a pickpocket who is hired by a con man to become the handmaiden of a Japanese heiress in a plot to seize her wealth.

The adaption is the latest film by renowned director Park Chan Wook, whose acclaimed work includes Oldboy and Stoker. It now stands as the R-rated film with the most opening week viewers in Korea, beating out Deadpool which stood at 1.7 million.

The film stars Kim Tae Ri, Kim Min Hee, Ha Jung Woo and Jo Jin Woong.