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Classic Korean Films


The film, Seopyeonje, is finally released on dvd and with English and Japanese subtitles. It is an amazing film. Here is a link to Yesasia:

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Here is the description provided by Yesasia:

Director Im Kwon Taek is regarded by many as the father of modern Korean Cinema, and certainly the first director to receive global critical acclaim. With around a hundred films to his credit, in a career spanning five decades, Im has crafted some of Korea's most revered, and successful films. Seopyonje, originally released in 1993, became one of the most successful Korean films of the decade. Using the traditional Korean music of pansori, Seopyonje is a rich examination of the country's modernization due to Western influence in the 1950s.

A lone pansori singer, Dong Ho, roams the countryside of SouthWest Korea, searching for the young orphan girl he grew up with. They were raised together by an elderly pansori master, but Dong Ho ran away to explore Seoul when he was still a youngster. The girl however, has since lost her sight, and apparently still wanders the land singing pansori. Im's film is poetic in tone, beautiful to look at and the pansori soundtrack is a delight. Not only is Seopyonje one of Im's finest films, but a genuine classic of Korean Cinema.

I'm so excited about these releases!

Yesasia is also offering for preorder, Chunhyang. Here is the description:

 Chunhyung received its World Premiere at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, becoming the first Korean film to ever to be selected for the official competition. Two years later, Im would win the Best Director prize for his film Chiwaseon.

Based on a classic Korean tale, Chunhyung tells the story of a privileged governor's son, Mongryong (Cho Seung Woo - Marathon), who falls in love with the beautiful Chunhyung (Lee Hyo Jung), the daughter of a proud former courtesan. The two fall in love and marry in secret. But soon afterwards, Mongryong is ordered back to Seoul to complete his schooling. He leaves his betrothed reluctantly, promising to return as soon as he has completed his studies. However, while he is away a new governor is appointed, an evil, vindictive man who takes an instant liking to Chunhyung. But when she refuses his advances, the governor imprisons her and sentences her to death. Chunhyung's only hope is that Mongryong will return from Seoul in time to save her.

Like with his classic film Seopyonje, Im again employs the ancient Korean tradition of pansori to retell this classic story. The effects are dazzling and Chunhyung can claim responsibility for helping to announce the birth of a new wave of Korean cinema to rest of the World.

These are two really important films and very reasonably priced AND ALL REGION CODED!


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Thanks so much for bringing these films to our attention, Tangpriest. And with English subs! Yay! I would likely not have noticed such films on my own. Keep up the good work!Image
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I would be interested in people's opinions of the films after they've had a chance to watch them. I was so struck by both films when I saw them. I was lucky enough to see them in the theatre. I didn't realize at the time who the director was as I had only seen a handful of korean films. While watching Chunhyung, a korean grandmother (halmoni) was sitting next to me and weeping the whole time.

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