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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 »

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Kwon-taek Im

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

Credited cast:
Hyo-jeong Lee Hyo-jeong Lee ... Chunhyang Sung
Seung-woo Cho ... Mongryong Lee
Sung-nyu Kim Sung-nyu Kim ... Wolmae
Hak-young Kim Hak-young Kim ... Pangja
Jung-hun Lee Jung-hun Lee ... Gov. Byun Hakdo
Ji-youn Choi Ji-youn Choi ... Gov. Lee
Hae-eun Lee Hae-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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Taell Bae Taell Bae
Bong Chotae Bong Chotae
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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.

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

29 January 2000 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Chunhyang See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,052, 5 January 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$798,220, 23 September 2001
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A "pansori" (on which this movie is based) was a four to six-hour long musical poem performed by a singer and a drummer. 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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Another art form.
15 February 2001 | by paulcreedenSee all my reviews

This is not just a movie, in the way that Americans, like myself, usually conceptualize contemporary film. Perhaps, it might be interesting, as a learning experience, to view "Chunghyang" with "Gladiator" to understand that these are two distinct art forms, devised by two distinct cultural traditions to tell important stories. I was thrilled to find this film so 'other', so un-American, so un-MTV. A Korean storytelling/operatic tradition is fused with beautiful filming. Dialogue, as the actors play out the story, is interlaced very comfortably with a storyteller's narrative in a sutra-chanting, poetic style, accompanied by one drummer. The storyteller's voice is a remarkable asset of the film. It has to be experienced to understand its power. I thought the film used very sophisticated editing to blend the highly operatic story line with the teller's narrative on stage and with a wonderful middle-Korean, as in middle-American, audience. This omniscient viewing perspective, affording views of several different levels of concurrent existence, was really wonderful. Then, I remembered in the middle of the film that I was reading subtitles without a trace of annoyance or distraction from the visuals. Very nicely done all around. I felt enriched, educated and entertained.


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