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Chihwaseon Reviews

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Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
January 9, 2004
For all its beauty and artistic ambition, the film remained stubbornly remote and soulless to me.
| Original Score: C
Jeremy Heilman
October 1, 2002
A rather conventional artist's biopic that's occasionally blessed with an astute sense of physical movement and natural spectacle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jules Brenner
April 29, 2003
Budgetary limitations in making the movie are evident in part by abrupt cuts and somewhat crude storytelling
| Original Score: 3/5
Par Parekh
Film Journal International
May 15, 2007
In spite of these few moments of wonder, and even the dense, moving thematic content, the film ultimately doesn't leave a lasting taste.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
February 14, 2003
Slow and stilted.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
April 20, 2003
If it sounds a little too obscure for your tastes, it probably is
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Neil Smith
June 6, 2003
The problem is, painting isn't a spectator sport, as the interminable scenes of Jang at work continually confirm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
May 14, 2003
The film's sexy romanticism and its tragic sense of Korean history will thrill even those who have never set foot in an art gallery.
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
May 16, 2003
A vividly entertaining portrait.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
June 6, 2003
[Chihwaseon] rushes through the life of its subject in nimble leaps and bounds, concentrating on the livelier and more spectacular parts and avoiding the dull historical and biographical stretches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 17, 2003
It contains many great and beautiful passages, but the overall effect is too fast and basic. As in Frida, we get more of an idea of what the artist did rather than who he or she was.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 29, 2002
A visually alluring and thematically rich portrait of a nineteenth century Korean artist who defied categorization and was a true connoisseur of wonder.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 10, 2003
Kwon-taek Im's greatest achievement is his visualization of the emotion of art over the intellect.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 13, 2003
["Chihwaseon"] explores the life of a brilliant artist virtually unknown in the West while effortlessly teaching us about a tumultuous period in Korea's past.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 8, 2004
[A]n elegant, painterly film...
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 24, 2002
Mr. Im's own aesthetic command is evident in the movie's wealth of beautiful, perfectly framed images of nature.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Gene Seymour
February 14, 2003
There's much to fill the eyes.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 16, 2003
The movie's attention to anthropological and historical detail means things are slow to come alive. But once they do, the nature of Jang's psychic torture is palpable and unmistakable.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
June 5, 2003
Another masterpiece from one of the world's more neglected great directors, a master artist who here reveals the soul of another.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 20, 2003
It is quietly observant, with a detached eye for the telling moment, and the visual compositions are often exquisite.
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