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Painted Fire (2002)

Chihwaseon (original title)
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In a time of political and social unrest in nineteenth-century Korea, an uncouth, self-taught painter explores his natural talent amidst the repressive world around him.

Director:

Kwon-taek Im
8 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Choi Min-sik ... Jang Seung-up
Sung-Ki Ahn ... Kim Byung-Moon (as Sung-kee Ahn)
Ho-jeong Yu ... Mae-hyang
Kim Yeo-Jin ... Jin-jong
Son Ye-Jin ... So-woon
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Jang-soo Bae Jang-soo Bae ... Kyunghyang newspaper cultural reporter
Tae-hee Kim Tae-hee Kim
Jin-Seo Yoon
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Storyline

The struggles of an artist. Jang Seung-up (1843-1897), also called Owon, focusing on the years 1882 to 1897, when Korea was in political upheaval, caught between China and Japan, the conservative dynasty dying, and peasant revolt at hand. Jang, born poor, has genius; a merchant, Kim, becomes his patron, finding him a teacher. Jang must convince others that a commoner can have talent, then move beyond his ability to copy old masters and find his own style. He's bedeviled by a temper and alcohol, arguments with patrons as he seeks commissions, and relationships with kisaeng, particularly Mae-hyang, that start and stop. It's the life of a restless spirit producing great art. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The Life of Painter Jang Seung-up


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Chosen by "Telerama" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2002 (#10) See more »

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A great movie, a great painter
5 May 2003 | by spermanSee all my reviews

What a movie! I have always liked the Asian style of shooting, and this movie does not disappoint at all! Photography is breath-taking, ranging from amazing landscapes to whirls of colours. The main actor is really realistic in representing the painter (whose paintings are astonishing). The ending is also very well chosen, very poetic. The only remark is that they should have maybe shown a bit more deeply the connection between his inspiration and his abuse of alcohol and women. But altogether this is an excellent film!


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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean | Japanese

Release Date:

10 May 2002 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Painted Fire See more »

Filming Locations:

South Korea

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,196, 16 February 2003

Gross USA:

$64,029

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,988,181
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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