Rating: NNNNNCHUNHYANG (Im Kwon Taek) is a lyrical Korean epic and the most elaborate film ever made in that country.
CHUNHYANG (Im Kwon Taek) is a lyrical Korean epic and the most elaborate film ever made in that country — it took four months to shoot and employed over 8,000 extras and 12,000 costumes. In 18th-century Korea, Mongryong, an upper-class governor’s son, falls in love with Chunhyang, the much-admired daughter of a courtesan. They secretly marry, but their bliss is short-lived — Mongryong is sent away to study and a cruel new governor arrives who takes an interest in Chunhyang.
This classic tale of redemptive love is told through a pansori narrator, who traditionally stands onstage singing out the story. Im Kwon Taek, Korea’s most respected filmmaker, seamlessly weaves the modern-day narrator into this breathtaking historical tale, creating a formalistic work of art. The scenes of the young lovers quivering and playing together are especially beguiling, making this one of the year’s most romantic releases. 122 minutes. NNNN