Chunhyang

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Chunhyang brings a classic love story to life with a period romance whose savory visuals are enhanced by a sincerity that transcends folktale formula.

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Movie Info

In 13th-century Korea, Noble-born Mongryong (Seung-woo Cho) and commoner Chunhyang (Hyo Jeong Yi) fall in love when they first meet, but the difference in their social classes prevents them from pursuing a public relationship. They elope, but immediately after their nuptials, Mongryong is forced to follow his father to Seoul and finish school. When he returns, he discovers that Chunhyang has been sentenced to death by despotic ruler Gov. Byun Hakdo (Jung Hun Lee), whom she refused to marry.

Cast & Crew

Hyo Jeong Yi
Chunhyang Sung
Jo Seung-woo
Mongryong Lee
Jung Hun Lee
Gov. Byun Hakdo
Sang Hyun Cho
Pansori Singer
Myung Hwan Kim
Pansori Drummer
Sang-hyun Cho
Writer (Story)
Myung-gon Kim
Writer
Chong-gil Kim
Original Music
Il-sung Jung
Cinematographer
Sun-duk Park
Film Editor
Un-ok Min
Production Designer
Young Hu
Costume Designer
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Critic Reviews for Chunhyangdyun

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Audience Reviews for Chunhyangdyun

  • Jun 29, 2009
    A highly stylized telling of a Korean folk tale from another time concerning love and loyalty. A singer, almost operatic in his delivery, tells most of the tale from a stage in a concert setting and as a voice over to the action. The actors also tell part of the tale in dialogue. Very slow paced, as the action had to fit to the singing, and not the other way around. Intrigue and treachery and brutality and, at last, justice, with a bit of humor mixed in, came together to teach us of this woman's love that cut across the traditional dividing line of class. That love enabled her to bear up under the suffering she experienced as a reward for her loyalty. Beautiful cinematography, breathtaking scenery, and lovely actors were on constant display. At nearly two hours, however, it did begin to get tedious. This simple tale could have been told with less pomp, but then maybe we would not have felt so immersed in Korean culture.
    Mark A Super Reviewer
  • Dec 19, 2007
    One of my all-time favorites! Love this movie.
    Leo L Super Reviewer
  • Dec 12, 2007
    Korean culture and storyteller in cinema. Ancient story with moral teachings. To be with one love and break every obstacle and boundry.
    Jojo S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2007
    I think the Koreans were trying to re-create one of the successful epic pieces of their neighbours the Chinese with this film..but I never really got into it.
    John B Super Reviewer

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