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1 hr. 57 min.

Plot Summary
Jang Seung-Up (Choi Min-sik) is a Korean peasant and a gifted artist. Upper-class Kim Byung-Moon (Ahn Sung-ki) discovers Jang and, recognizing his talent for painting, agrees to become his patron. As a result, Jang's skills continue to develop and his profile rises. He falls in love with Mae-Hyang (You Ho-Jeong), but class differences keep them apart. When Jang learns Mae-Hyang has married, he succumbs to a self-destructive downward spiral of alcoholism and womanizing.

Cast: Choi Min-sik , Ahn Sung-ki , You Ho-Jeong , Kim Yeo-Jin , Han Myoung-Gu , Jung Tae-Woo , Choi Jong-Sung ,

Director: Im Kwon-taek

Genres: Biography, Drama

Distributor: Kino Pictures

Chihwaseon (2002)

Release Date: February 14th, 2003|1 hr. 57 min.

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  • 75
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    A handsome film, filled with lavish costumes and set designs and told in a series of exquisitely composed images. But even with its visual polish, it's a chilly, largely unaffecting film about an unsympathetic man. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Once again, the director's eye is faultless as he captures both the essence and beauty of the art of Jang Seung-up, Korea's legendary 19th-century painter. But he doesn't capture the artist's soul. show more

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Another masterpiece from one of the world's more neglected great directors, a master artist who here reveals the soul of another. show more

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