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Sopyonje (1993)

Seopyeonje (original title)
Despite its falling popularity, a father teaches his two children the Korean musical tradition of Pansori (one singer accompanied by one drummer).

Director:

Kwon-taek Im

Writers:

Myung-gon Kim, Chung-Joon Lee (novel)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Myung-gon Kim ... Youbong
Jung-hae Oh Jung-hae Oh ... Songhwa
Kyu-chul Kim Kyu-chul Kim ... Dong-ho
Sae-kil Shin Sae-kil Shin
Byeong-kyeong Ahn Byeong-kyeong Ahn
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jae-Hyun Cho ... Dong-ho (as Jae-hyeon Jo)
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The specifically Korean tradition that is reclaimed in Sopyonje is the type of folk-song known as pansori, described as a musical sublimation of South-West Korea's collective grief and suffering - in other words, a kind of blues. The film's three central characters are itinerant pansori singers in the 1950s, a time when many aspects of Korean culture came under siege from Japanese and western influences. The story unfolds through flashbacks. A man named Dong-ho is roaming the rural hinterlands, ostensibly to find rare herbal medicines for his employer back in Seoul, but actually in search of Song-hwa, the woman he grew up with. Orphans, they were both apprenticed to the pansori master Yu-bong who pressured them to sacrifice everything for the art. Dong-ho rebelled and ran away, to become the man he is now. Song-hwa stayed, lost her sight, and outlived Yu-bong. Rumor has it that she is still traveling and still singing pansori... The tale has one truly shocking twist, but the overall ... Written by Jay Lee <webmaster@beauty-of-korea.com>

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Drama | Music

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

10 April 1993 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

Taehung Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Sopyonje, marvelous !
3 February 2006 | by john_buntinxSee all my reviews

Every time you look at this wonderful movie, be sure not to be disturbed by anything or by anyone. Especially if you are looking for the first time! In this case, it may be you find it boring for a short while, but don't you dare to give up! You must realize that the "slow motion" of this movie and the long silences are exactly some of the characteristics that make it one of the most wonderful movies I ever saw. You WILL find extraordinary contrasts at certain times. IN ANY CASE, KEEP CONCENTRATED AND CONTINUE LOOKING TILL THE VERY END!! You will not regret! I am a man, 55 years old, father of two big boys, and I am not ashamed to say that every time I look at this movie a few tears run over my cheeks... Thank you so much, I'm Kwon Taek !


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