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A seductively watchable, mythically resonant experience.
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.
Admiration gives way to something like enthrallment. Be patient and you'll see that this picture casts its own peculiar spell.
It's a movie charmingly traditional and richly cinematic, and I'm not damning with faint praise when I say it's the best Korean film I've seen.
I enjoyed the film's ripe beauty and even riper folk story. But the appeal of pansori eluded me.
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 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.
Korean culture and storyteller in cinema. Ancient story with moral teachings. To be with one love and break every obstacle and boundry.
One of my all-time favorites! Love this movie.
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.
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