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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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Yeonghwa: Korean Film Today: Hanji Review
 (From Twitch. 24 September 2011, 3:00 PM, PDT)

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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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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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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Visual poetry, 22 May 2005
Author: Atavisten from Tellus

A portrait on the very fine Korean painter Ohwon that shows him in struggle, but always redeemed by his reputation, with the leaders. He is bold and does not want anything to come between him and his vision and so he says nay to the king and aristocrats if they want him to copy his previous successes. Him being a moody drunkard doesn't help him much with personal matters either. But he gets along fine.

There some really strong poetry in these images, not only are the pictures very focused on the process of creating the paintings and the paintings themselves, we also see the nature and the beauty that inspires him, namely the Chinese and Korean masters, his teacher, the gisengs and their love and alcohol.

People around him don't get much focus, the movie is about him and his art, but what we see of them they are independently thinking not backdrops for Ohwon. Choi Min-shik is good in acting out the temperamental artist and the supporting actors are good also. Ahn Sung-ki fits his role perfectly.

The love scenes here were very, very hot and one image out in the reeds will stick to my irises for a while.

This is the kind of movie that should represent Korea abroad, not the likes of 'Taegukgi'. Korean culture is shown in a wide variety of facets here. I would like to see more of this kind of movie, first maybe one about haiku poet Matsumoto Basho?

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