I was pretty torn in my final analysis of this film. On the one hand, I loved this film for its colourful and poetic cinematography. The girls in the film were beautiful, and who doesn't like to look at beautiful girls in beautiful costumes? But I felt guilty for enjoying this film because as a feminist this story clearly doesn't reinforce feminist values, but rather, traditional, patriarchal values that seem to characterize Korea even up until this day. Sure, Chunhyang might seem like a heroine for choosing to face death to protect her virtue, but why should this be her defining moment? And I didn't like how Mongryong was able to pluck her out of crowd and take her for his wife like she were just some object for the taking. To me this reinforces man's desire, man's pleasure, and the preeminence of man. Although, on the other hand, Chunhyang clearly finds pleasure in sex with Mongryong, and in this way finds comfort in her own sexuality. Nevertheless, Chunhyang's life revolves around Mongryong and more importantly, she has no personhood or value so long as she is unmarried. In this context, the film seems pretty shallow and empty. But of course, if you get past the feminist agenda (that women deserve personhood in their own right, regardless of whoever's daughter or wife they are, and that women have their own desires outside of masculine constructions), this film is wonderful eyecandy. The historical setting also provides a glimpse into traditional Korea, although I can't say how accurate everything was.