Chihwaseon (2003)

Renowned Korean director Im Kwon-Taek (Chunhyang) tells the story of legendary iconoclastic Chosun Dynasty artist Oh-won (Choi Min-Sik). With little reliable documentation of the artist's life, the director (along with co-writer Kim… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 14, 2003
DVD Release Date: February 3, 2004
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

It is quietly observant, with a detached eye for the telling moment, and the visual compositions are often exquisite.

Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

The movie's attention to anthropological and historical detail means things are slow to come alive. But once they do, the nature of Jang's psychic torture is palpable and unmistakable.

Par Parekh
Film Journal International

In spite of these few moments of wonder, and even the dense, moving thematic content, the film ultimately doesn't leave a lasting taste.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

[Chihwaseon] rushes through the life of its subject in nimble leaps and bounds, concentrating on the livelier and more spectacular parts and avoiding the dull historical and biographical stretches.

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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times

A vividly entertaining portrait.

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[A]n elegant, painterly film...

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Another masterpiece from one of the world's more neglected great directors, a master artist who here reveals the soul of another.

Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

The film's sexy romanticism and its tragic sense of Korean history will thrill even those who have never set foot in an art gallery.

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Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

The sturdy and goateed Choi Min-sik gives an extraordinary performance as the mercurial Ohwon whose moods fluctuate from sadness to rage, anguish, and depression.

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