Chihwaseon 2002

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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.

Starring:
Sung-Ki Ahn, Choe Min-Sik
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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 57 minutes
Starring Sung-Ki Ahn, Choe Min-Sik
Director Im Kwon-Taek
Genres Drama
Studio PATHE DISTRIBUTION
Rental release Limited availability
Main languages Korean
Subtitles English

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Doyle on 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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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 May 2010
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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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By Teknocrone on 17 April 2015
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Loved the costumes, story ok.
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