Mi-in-do (Portrait of a Beauty) (2008)

Mi-in-do (Portrait of a Beauty) (2008)





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A word of explanation for the unfamiliar: 18th century court painter Shin Yun-bok (who occasionally used the pseudonym Hyewon) was one of the most legendary artists in Korean history. He cultivated a particularly strong reputation on the basis of his erotic art, with explicit depictions of women widely branded obscene. Though no real historical evidence exists to support this claim, recent Korean writers have employed the conceit that Yun-bok was actually a woman disguised as a man; that idea first appeared in Lee Jeong-Myeong's novel Painter of the Wind, then in a television series, and then in this feature adaptation of the same book, helmed by Jeon Yoon-Su. In this chronicle, Yun-bok begins life as a young girl, Yun-jeong, with an extraordinary flair for painting. Unfortunately, the social constraints of the day prevent her from engaging in her heart's profession, but her brother is being prepped for life as a court painter. In desperation, Yun-jeong paints for him and allows her own work to masquerade as his. Then, when the brother commits suicide, Yun-jeong assumes his identity, disguises herself in male drag as Yun-bok, and lives as a male. This grows complicated once Yun-jeong falls deeply in love with a man, Kang-mu. Meanwhile, Yun-jeong's longtime instructor, Kim Hong-do, falls in love with her, and a courtesan named Seol-hwa falls helplessly into unrequited love with Kim -- prompting her to undertake an extreme and fatal act of jealous passion. Director Jeon Yoon-Su uses the tale to account for the existence of Shin Yun-bok's celebrated tableau "Portrait of a Beauty."
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artistically gripping f/ree-intepreted biopic of a historic master. Personally, I like Hokusai (Manga) more, but this does offer an interesting view of the difficulties of a painter's life, no matter how gifted, especially in asserting his/her artistic licence in the royal, social and personal context. Makes me kinda grateful that that gift's not something I have to worry about ;)

Aaron Chuah
Aaron Chuah

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Portrait of a Beauty, was a beautiful movie, The story of a young girl, in the court painter dynasty. Kim Min Sun was excellent in the lead role, showing her inner desires for art and her heart. Director Jeon gave the story an artistic view, paying a great deal of attention to her paintings and also let the viewers admire the classical Asian art, but stayed focused on the human side of the story.The sex scenes will be attracted most attention ,it was realistic and beautifully filmed. They showed a great deal of skin and long sex scenes but even so the movie managed to stay enjoyable to watch. Mind blowing.........Beautiful

Daisy  Maduro
Daisy Maduro

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In a word: captivating. The film based on "The Painter of the Wind" asks you to wonder if the painter Shin Yun-Bok was actually a woman in disguise. Set as a period drama during 18th century Joseon, we are treated to more of an examination of the daily life of the court as our main character, Shin Yun-Jeong, studies humanity and becomes a great painter. The most striking part of the film to me was how sexual things were, while this may be a turn-off to some, the graphic scenes (topless women mainly) during sexual encounters or in the brothels only helped to drive home the reality of Yun-jeong's encounters and the story itself. Kim Min-Sun gave an excellent performance as the innocent Yun-Jeong who just wants to fall in love and paint the world around her. As the relationship with the mirror maker, Kang-Mu, and the love triangle with Kim Hong-do intensifies, the movie gets more serious. The ending is a tragic one but brought the entire story around and really settled things. Great movie, recommended to Korean cinema fans.

Zachary Long
Zachary Long

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