Mongryong marries the beautiful Chunhyang without telling his father, the Governor of Namwon. When his father is transferred to Seoul, Mongryong has to leave Chunhyang and finish his exams.... See full summary »

Director:

Kwon-taek Im

Writers:

Sang-hyun Cho (story), Hye-yun Kang | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hyo-jeong Lee Hyo-jeong Lee ... Chunhyang Sung
Cho Seung-woo ... Mongryong Lee
Seong-nyeo Kim Seong-nyeo Kim ... Wolmae (as Sung-nyu Kim)
Hak-young Kim Hak-young Kim ... Pangja
Jung-hun Lee Jung-hun Lee ... Gov. Byun Hakdo
Ji-youn Choi Ji-youn Choi ... Gov. Lee
Hye Eun Lee Hye Eun Lee ... Hyangdan (as Hae-Eun Lee)
Kyung-yeun Hong Kyung-yeun Hong ... Kisaeng Leader
Sang-hyun Cho Sang-hyun Cho ... Pansori Singer
Myung-hwan Kim Myung-hwan Kim ... Pansori Drummer
Hae-ryong Lee Hae-ryong Lee ... Lord of Soonchun
Jun-hwam Gok Jun-hwam Gok ... Lord of Okgwa
Keun-mo Yoon Keun-mo Yoon ... Lord of Goksung
Taell Bae Taell Bae ... Officer
Kyoung-jin Moon Kyoung-jin Moon ... Officer
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Storyline

Mongryong marries the beautiful Chunhyang without telling his father, the Governor of Namwon. When his father is transferred to Seoul, Mongryong has to leave Chunhyang and finish his exams. Chunhyang, being the daughter of a courtesan, is also legally a courtesan. She is beaten and imprisoned when she refuses to obey the new Governor Byun, as she wishes to be faithful to her husband. After three years, Mongryong passes his exam and becomes an emissary to the King. He returns to Namwon, disguised as a beggar, just before Chunhyang is to be flogged to death at the governor's birthday celebration. Written by Will Gilbert

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Her spirit became inspiration. Her name became legend.

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Drama | Musical | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Official submission of South Korea for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 73rd Academy Awards in 2001. See more »

Quotes

Mongyong Lee: "Like the sun and the moon, my love will never change."
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Version of Seong Chunhyang (1987) See more »

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Interesting way to tell the story
8 December 2002 | by lingmeisterSee all my reviews

With the Korean story telling tradition performed on stage, it was a interesting and novel way to tell the story. The story was beautiful and the moving. I figure it to be a Korean fairy tale given its happy ending and having a moral to the story.

I didn't find the story telling method completely successful. The music and drumming added tension to the film, but the Pansori seemed to intrude in the film too frequently, describing everything that is going on when it could be done visually, rendering many scenes as some sort of announcement, not letting the ambiance set in. The scene of the whipping seemed to be a little forced, having the camera show us various audience members crying, as if we don't know this is a dramatic situation. It might have worked better if they let the dialogue be spoken by the character Chunghyang instead of the Pansori, since the Pansori does not have much dynamic range in his voicing, being always loud. The character saying it while being whipped gives a different impression than the Pansori screaming it.

But all in all, still a good film.


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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

29 January 2000 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Chunhyang See more »

Filming Locations:

South Korea

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,052, 7 January 2001

Gross USA:

$798,220
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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