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Renowned Korean filmmaker Im Kwon Taek offers his own unique take on a classic romantic fable with this 13th century tale of a stunningly beautiful young woman torn between the man she loves and the governor she's obligated to marry. The film uses the framing device of a present-day narrator who, accompanied by a drummer, sings the story of Chunhyang in front of a responsive audience. The film flashes back and forth between the singer's presentation and scenes of Mongryong (Cho Seung Woo), a young nobleman who falls captive to the beauty of the commoner Chunhyang (Yi Hyo Jeong). They profess their undying love to each other and elope, soon after which, Mongryong is forced to accompany his father to Seoul for three years. In the interim, a tyrant named Byun (Lee Jung Hun) comes to power in Chunhyang's province and demands that the beauty marry him. She refuses, and Byun schedules her for execution -- just as Mongryong returns to the province to reclaim his true love. Chunhyang made its North American Premiere at the 2000 Toronto International Film Festival.

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Lee Hyo Jung
as Chunhyan
Yi Hyo-Jeong
as Chun-Hyang
Seung-woo Cho
as Mongryong
Jung-hun Lee
as Governor Byun Hak-Do
Lee Hae Eun
as Hyangdan
Lee Hye-eun
as Hyangdan
Choi Jin Young
as Governor Lee
Cho Sang-Hyon
as Pansori Singer
Hong Kyung Yeun
as Kiseang Leader
Cho Sang Hyun
as Pansori Singer
Kim Myung-Hwan
as Pansori drummer
Lee Hae-ryong
as Lord of Soonchun
Gok Jun Hwam
as Lord of Okgwa
Yoon Keun Mo
as Lord of Goksung
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Critic Reviews for Chunhyangdyun

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (11)

  • A seductively watchable, mythically resonant experience.

    Nov 30, 2001 | Full Review…
  • A premodern folk tale in a postmodern form that refreshes both the eye and our ideas about storytelling.

    Nov 30, 2001 | Rating: 3/4
  • Im's movie approaches a seething, primitivist beauty that evokes Makhmalbaf and parallels the contrapuntal textual investigations of Resnais.

    Aug 15, 2001
  • Admiration gives way to something like enthrallment. Be patient and you'll see that this picture casts its own peculiar spell.

    Feb 26, 2001 | Rating: B+
  • 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.

    Feb 26, 2001
  • I enjoyed the film's ripe beauty and even riper folk story. But the appeal of pansori eluded me.

    Feb 12, 2001 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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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