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Release Date:
10 May 2002 (South Korea) See more »
The Life of Painter Jang Seung-up
In a time of political and social unrest in nineteenth-century Korea, an uncouth, self-taught painter explores his natural talent amidst the repressive world around him. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Min-sik Choi ... Jang Seung-up

Sung-kee Ahn ... Kim Byung-Moon
Ho-jeong Yu ... Mae-hyang

Yeo-jin Kim ... Jin-jong

Ye-jin Son ... So-woon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jin-seo Yoon

Directed by
Kwon-taek Im 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kwon-taek Im 
Yong-ok Kim 
Byung-sam Min 

Produced by
Woo-Suk Kang .... executive producer
Michael Kim .... executive producer
Ji-seung Lee .... associate producer
Tae-won Lee .... producer
Original Music by
Young-dong Kim 
Cinematography by
Il-sung Jung 
Film Editing by
Sun-duk Park  (as Seon-deok Park)
Art Direction by
Byung-do Joo 
Costume Design by
Ki-chul Kim 
Hye-ran Lee 
Sound Department
Choong-Hwan Lee .... sound
Visual Effects by
Jong Ik Kang .... visual effects supervisor

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Also Known As:
"Chihwaseon" - South Korea (original title)
"Strokes of Fire" - International (English title)
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120 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:MA (TV rating) | Canada:G (Quebec) | France:U | Hong Kong:III | Japan:R-18 | Mexico:B15 | Singapore:R(A) | Singapore:PG (cut) | South Korea:18 | South Korea:12 (cut) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:Unrated

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Chosen by "Telerama" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2002 (#10)See more »


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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Fantastic, 3 January 2006
Author: grizzlygrrl from United States

Not sure why the other comment on this film was so negative, but I loved this movie. I am a student of Asian art with a particular love of Korean art, culture and history. I thought this movie borough a very controversial and interesting character to life. Jang Seung-up is one of the (maybe the most) famous Korean artist and continues to be revered as a master. Given the tumult of the time in which he painted and his own conflicted nature, it is amazing that he produced so much work, in so many styles and with such skill. This movie honors his talent while taking a direct look at his erratic and somewhat self-destructive personality. The cinematography in MY opinion was beautiful, many of the outdoor panoramic shots looked like Korean landscape paintings (which I found a lovely conceit rather than "overly arty") and I think that Choi Min-sik portrayed Jang Seun-up with a necessary intensity and unpredictability. I would highly recommend this film to art lovers and movie lovers alike.

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