Chihwaseon: Painted Fire

2000, Movie, NR, 117 mins

Chihwaseon: Painted Fire
Many myths swirl around the great 19th-century Korean artist Jang Seng-ub, a painter whose drunken behavior and flagrant disregard for rules make him something of a spiritual ancestor to Jackson Pollock. In this sumptuously filmed biography, veteran Korean director Im Kwon-taek sifts through the legend to find the man — and an interesting allegory for Korea's own search for independence and identity. Seoul, 1882, the twilight of the thousand-year Choson dynasty and the dawn of enormous social upheaval brought on by poverty, corruption and baleful foreign influence. The arrogant and cantankerous Jang is visited by a Japanese journalist who asks the question that ...
Released: 2000 Rated: NR Length: 117 mins

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