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Release Date:
10 May 2002 (South Korea) See more »
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The Life of Painter Jang Seung-up
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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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3 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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A captivating and often passionate reflection on the true meaning of being an artist and a creator See more (19 total) »

Cast

  (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
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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
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
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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A captivating and often passionate reflection on the true meaning of being an artist and a creator, 12 July 2015
Author: CarlosERM from Venezuela

My rating: 6.5/10

My opinion on the film:

Narratively it wasn't the most consistent or efficient of films since its probably excessive use of flashbacks was a bit disorienting, but nevertheless, Kwon-taek Im's Chihwaseon was for the most part a captivating and often passionate reflection on the true meaning of being an artist and a creator. Inspired by a true story, this film also featured prominently the sociopolitical context of the peninsula of Korea during the second half of the XIX century, which had a key role in the development of the protagonist.

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