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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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Genres:

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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powerful and unforgettable touch
20 July 1999 | by addgarlicSee all my reviews

Sopyonje brought me to my knees before a tradition that previously was unknown to me - pansori. The power, tenderness, and pain that lies in art, in life, longing, and the music was conveyed in full force and with beauty. I couldn't directly understand the Korean words (subtitled) that were spoken or the songs that were sung, but i could feel and was in awe of the emotions especially in the second half of the movie. I can still hear the melodies, voice, and the drum.


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