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Chunhyangdyun (2000)



Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 0

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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

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A seductively watchable, mythically resonant experience.

November 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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A premodern folk tale in a postmodern form that refreshes both the eye and our ideas about storytelling.

November 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Im's movie approaches a seething, primitivist beauty that evokes Makhmalbaf and parallels the contrapuntal textual investigations of Resnais.

August 15, 2001 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Lingers long in the memory, its rich colors and striking images giving off an iridescent afterglow.

May 12, 2001
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Admiration gives way to something like enthrallment. Be patient and you'll see that this picture casts its own peculiar spell.

February 26, 2001 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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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.

July 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

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.

May 16, 2009 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

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.

September 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Looking Closer
Looking Closer

[The] film is handsomely mounted--from the sets and costuming to the appealing young stars--and ultimately a lot of fun.

January 18, 2004 Full Review Source:

Though a beautiful costume film with Hollywood production values and a cast of thousands, I just couldn't get into the epic story.

February 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Song, colour, amazing costumes, drama, pathos, passion and, surprisingly, quite a few laughs -- it's all here in Chunhyang.

November 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

A beautiful-looking, lush and romantic folktale that's downright irresistible.

April 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Here's your chance to savor the work of Im Kwon Taek, the finest living chronicler of Korean culture.

April 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

charming Korean folk tale in a palatable format for Western audiences

April 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

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.

April 9, 2001 Full Review Source: PopMatters

The ecstasy and intensity of the story, characters, and production molds Chuhnyang into a majestic masterpiece.

March 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

Through the immaculate performances of the two leads, the heart of Chunhyang ekes out a minor victory over the peculiar and distancing presentation.

March 8, 2001 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire

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.

February 26, 2001 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Chunhyang remains, for all its cultural interest, at best a cinematic curiosity which only those with the most rarified tastes will want to sample.

February 26, 2001 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
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