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Release Date:
10 May 2002 (South Korea) See more »
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The Life of Painter Jang Seung-up
Plot:
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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2 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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Well-made biopic See more (17 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
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
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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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Well-made biopic, 2 February 2007
Author: refresh daemon from United States

This film, winning Im Kwon-Taek the Best Director at Cannes in 2002 (tied with P.T. Anderson for Punch-Drunk Love), is about a 19th century Korean painter with a commoner's roots and significant impact on Korean painting. One of the strengths?of the film is that Im tries to help us see with the eye of a painter, so we see multiple scenes and objects which help our drunken painter friend, Jang Seung-up (Choi Min-shik),?receive inspiration.

The costumes and the art direction are all impressive and the acting is even along being good. It's not a movie that moved me, but it was one that made me think about art and what it means to find your own voice in it. That's pretty cool. It's also interesting to see a version of Korea during those times right before the turn of the century, where Chinese and Japanese powers are both in Korea and the Chosun kingdom is coming to an end. More than one revolution and political ideology are gathered in the film, but are never the center. It's firmly on the painter.

In the end, it's a well made film about the life of a painter. But it doesn't exactly have the regular three-act structure plot, so you have to be able to take a non-standard Hollywood story to watch it. Yay for art! 8/10

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