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In late 18th century Korea, during the Chosun Dynasty, Mongryong, the son of a governor, falls in love with Chunhyang, the daughter of a courtesan. Because of class differences their love is forbidden. He leaves reluctantly and promises that once he finishes his schooling, he will send for his beloved. But time passes and a new, vindictive Governor is appointed to the province where Chunhyang lives. Making himself her new suitor, the new Governor, pursues Chunhyang, relentlessly, seeking her
Dec 29, 2000 Wide
Oct 16, 2001
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A premodern folk tale in a postmodern form that refreshes both the eye and our ideas about storytelling.
Im's movie approaches a seething, primitivist beauty that evokes Makhmalbaf and parallels the contrapuntal textual investigations of Resnais.
Lingers long in the memory, its rich colors and striking images giving off an iridescent afterglow.
Admiration gives way to something like enthrallment. Be patient and you'll see that this picture casts its own peculiar spell.
Reminded of 'Ever After,' a film that took a standard western myth and updated it with wit, verve and relevance. This is in that league, and rather more elegant and adult.
Part Disney, part Karl Marx, the movie might be characterized as a North Korean post-revolutionary blockbuster. And though the persecuted protagonist is hardly a shrinking violet but not quite a budding feminist, hey, we're talking centuries ago.
Chunhyang is a gorgeous, elaborate film that feels like a fairy tale with a fresh coat of paint. Unfortunately, the paint is the most interesting part.
[The] film is handsomely mounted--from the sets and costuming to the appealing young stars--and ultimately a lot of fun.
Though a beautiful costume film with Hollywood production values and a cast of thousands, I just couldn't get into the epic story.
Song, colour, amazing costumes, drama, pathos, passion and, surprisingly, quite a few laughs -- it's all here in Chunhyang.
A beautiful-looking, lush and romantic folktale that's downright irresistible.
Here's your chance to savor the work of Im Kwon Taek, the finest living chronicler of Korean culture.
While much can be said about the social and gender issues raised in the film, Chunhyang's fairy-tale qualities greatly outweigh any serious political critique.
The ecstasy and intensity of the story, characters, and production molds Chuhnyang into a majestic masterpiece.
Through the immaculate performances of the two leads, the heart of Chunhyang ekes out a minor victory over the peculiar and distancing presentation.
The film is an epic, splendidly colorful love story, albeit one whose ending our jaded Western eyes can spot coming a century (or two) away.
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