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Chihwaseon [DVD]

Choi Min-Sik , Ahn Sung-Ki , Im Kwon-Taek    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Choi Min-Sik, Ahn Sung-Ki, You Ho-Jung, Son Ye-Jin, Kim Yeo-Jin
  • Directors: Im Kwon-Taek
  • Producers: Lee Tae-Won
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Jun 2006
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FDJ3N2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,375 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Set in 19th century Korea, this is the story of Jang Seung-Up (Choi Min-Sik), a renowned Korean painter. As a child, Jang is taken in by Kim Byung-Moon (Ahn Sung-Ki), who recognises the boy's artistic potential and becomes his mentor. In pursuit of 'true art', Jang stretches the limits of traditional Korean art, and tries to find artistic transcendence by plunging into a life of drugs and women.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely beautiful film 24 April 2007
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I watched this film in 2002 and I never forgot it. Almost every scene in it is a work of art itself, but not in a trendy, over sophisticated way. Watching this film is like a relaxed stroll through a gallery, except there is a human story unfolding at the same time. I don't know of any other film which compares to it, and I would thoroughly recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wine, women and painting 20 May 2010
By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER
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The films of Im Kwon-taek are something of an acquired taste, rather different in style, approach and content from mostly genre oriented modern Korean cinema. As a veteran filmmaker - Chihwaseon is the director's 95th film - his movies seem to belong to an old-school style of filmmaking, but Im Kwon-taek's work is uniquely his own, in subject matter as well as in an approach that is sober, but at the same time passionate.

That's certainly the case with the director's most famous film in the west, gaining the award for Best Director at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. An account of the life of the nineteenth century artist Jang Seong-ub, Chihwaseon might be a bit dry for some viewers, but it's characteristically precise and economic in how it unfolds, with oblique edits taking the viewer through the artist's early upbringing, dropping into the middle of scenes in his later life that illustrate perfectly the English language title of the film, showing Seong-ub's explosive nature and artistic temperament, fuelled by alcohol and his passion for women. The artist is respectful of his masters and teachers, the influences and the accepted techniques, but is contemptuous of the commerce and of art critics, striving to develop his own work and bring some inner personal quality that makes his paintings uniquely his own.

One of the great things about Im Kwon-taek's work is his fascinating choice of subject as much as his approach to covering that subject in a complete and coherent way, without ever being overly academic.
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