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.

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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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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Epic love musical
5 November 2000 | by Killer-40See all my reviews

Cahiers Du Cinema called this epic an "experimental film", and indeed, it is as experimental as Lars von Triers DANCER IN THE DARK by heavily relying on music and songs. On the other hand, the differences are quite obvious. Here the songs come from the off most of the time (until the camera surprisingly moves to the classic singer on a stage) and do something that usually reduces the quality of a movie: they tell you what's going on in the pictures. But those pictures are of such an elegic beauty (with the typical yellow "Im-tone") that you feel a story is told to you by your grandfather and it unfolds perfectly in front of your eyes. I saw the screening during the MIFED 2000 together with only one (!) other guest and am quite astonished that film fans and buyers might overlook this masterpiece about an exclusive one-on-one love that touches our hearts.


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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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