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as Governor Lee
as Kiseang Leader
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Critic Reviews for Chunhyangdyun
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.
Audience Reviews for Chunhyangdyun
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.
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