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Chunhyang (Widescreen)


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  • Actors: Hyo-jeong Lee, Seung-woo Cho, Sung-nyu Kim, Hak-young Kim, Jung-hun Lee
  • Directors: Kwon-taek Im
  • Writers: Sang-hyun Cho, Hye-yun Kang, Myung-gon Kim
  • Producers: Dong-Joo Kim, Dong-jun Seok, Ji-seung Lee, Tae-won Lee
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Korean
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Mongrel Media
  • Release Date: April 29 2003
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NX23
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #84,961 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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What really bothered me was the ending! The first 95% of the film was very high quality, very cinematic, engaging, sensual and beautiful. The use of color was notably pleasant. The characterizations were deep for most Korean films. This is one of many movies coming out of the country that attracts attention from Westerners, thus resulting in the phrase "Korea: the New Hong Kong."
The ending was a throwback to the cheesiness of Korean films in the 80s til the mid 90s.
However the ending is not what makes or breaks a film, however disagreeable. To appreciate this film, you need to take note of the historical and cultural significant of the Pansori sung-narrative. Appreciate the costumes, the colors, the gestures of the culture at the time.
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"I try to examine serious aspects of Korean life and not just aim for commercial success. I try to make films about the real life of Korea." ~ Im Kwon-Taek
If "keeping promises" and "writing promises" intrigues you, you will be seduced by the romantic nature of this movie. This movie reminds me of Romeo and Juliet only because Chunhyang and Mongryong wed secretly and enjoy a brief, yet passionate interlude before fate sends them on separate paths.
Mongryong decides he wants to marry Chunhyang and within a few hours he has succeeded in his mission. As Chunhyang spreads out her orange skirt, the governor's son, Mongryong (Cho Seung Woo), takes a brush, dips it in ink as dark as death and writes symbols that represent: "Like the sun and the moon, my love will never change."
Chunhyang (Lee Hyo Jung) is full of sweet innocence and although she is the daughter of a courtesan, seems rather shy in the world of men. She is reluctant, but then finds her true ecstasy in marriage. Just when she has discovered this new world of pleasure, her husband must leave Namwon with his father and study for an exam while living in Soeul.
After Mongryong leaves her to follow his career, we realize how vulnerable Chunhyang is without the protection of her husband. The corrupt governor (Lee Jung Hun) has heard of Chunhyang's beauty and decides to maker her one of his courtesans. At one point, the brutality is rather shocking, yet the violence does seem to have a point and this makes the impact much stronger. We cannot help but admire Chunhyang's devotion to her husband.
While this movie is stunning in its beauty and romantic appeal, the facts are, this is a cultural experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Dec 17 2001
Format: DVD
The filming of this Korean classic will present some problems to most viewers. Before noting those problems, let me note what is compelling about the movie--stunningly beautiful photography of one of the most lovely countries anywhere in the world. Having had the pleasure of living in South Korea for four years, I can say that this film successfully captures the beauty of the country. The film also will provide many insights into Korean culture, tradition, and values through its retelling of one of the most loved of Korean classics. However, the decision to retell the story through pansori will sorely limit the number of people who will watch the movie. It is undoubtedly culturally insensitive of me to say this, but I found it so painful to listen to this classic Korean singing that I simply turned the volume down half-way through the film and used the subtitles. Had I watched the entire film with the sound on, it would have resulted in a headache of major proportions. Another point is the lack of personality of either of the two lead actors--simply too young and clearly inexperienced, they bring little to their roles. Having watched previous versions of Chunhyang on Korean TV, I can say that this is probably the least satisfying version I've watched. The first half tells the story very nicely, but the final half rushes to the conclusion in a way that leaves the viewer puzzled as to what the point of it all was. Previous versions I've watched actually built some suspense into this portion of the story, none of which was present in this movie. All in all, a major disappointment. This is by no means the best introduction to the growing wonderment of Korean films. Try Bichunmoo, Shiri, Nowhere to Hide, etc, to sample the exceptional energy infusing recent Korean films.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 1 2004
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I saw this at the Hong Kong film festival in 2001, and the film went over well with the Asians and the Westerners in the large hall where it was shown. Probably the best film I've seen in the last three years...
I tried to describe it for friends as a 13th-Century(?) Korean version of Star Wars with less swordplay. Substitute Confucian fealty (how relationships of elder-younger, husband-wife, mother-daughter, leader-follower should work, perhaps ideally) for the Force and corruption for the Dark Side of the Force and, strangely, it fits.
The cinematography is great, and the story is introduced via the Korean operatic form for the first ten minutes, but then largely fades out to allow the story to unfold.
What the Western is to American culture, this is to Korea's. Better than you'd expect, unless you've seen a lot of Asian cinema. Deserving of a wider audience...
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