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Chihwaseon Reviews

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January 9, 2004
For all its beauty and artistic ambition, the film remained stubbornly remote and soulless to me.
Read More | Original Score: C
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
April 29, 2003
Budgetary limitations in making the movie are evident in part by abrupt cuts and somewhat crude storytelling
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
February 14, 2003
Slow and stilted.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 20, 2003
If it sounds a little too obscure for your tastes, it probably is
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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.
May 16, 2003
A vividly entertaining portrait.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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.
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+
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+
August 8, 2004
[A]n elegant, painterly film...
October 24, 2002
Mr. Im's own aesthetic command is evident in the movie's wealth of beautiful, perfectly framed images of nature.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 14, 2003
There's much to fill the eyes.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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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