Chunhyangdyun (2000)

Renowned Korean filmmaker Im Kwon Taek offers his own unique take on a classic romantic fable with this 13th century tale of a stunningly beautiful young woman torn between the man she loves and the governor she's obligated to marry.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 29, 2000
DVD Release Date: October 16, 2001
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

A seductively watchable, mythically resonant experience.

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Hollywood Reporter

Lingers long in the memory, its rich colors and striking images giving off an iridescent afterglow.

Prairie Miller

Part Disney, part Karl Marx, the movie might be characterized as a North Korean post-revolutionary blockbuster. And though the persecuted protagonist is hardly a shrinking violet but not quite a budding feminist, hey, we're talking centuries ago.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

A premodern folk tale in a postmodern form that refreshes both the eye and our ideas about storytelling.

Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Admiration gives way to something like enthrallment. Be patient and you'll see that this picture casts its own peculiar spell.

Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

Chunhyang is a gorgeous, elaborate film that feels like a fairy tale with a fresh coat of paint. Unfortunately, the paint is the most interesting part.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

Im's movie approaches a seething, primitivist beauty that evokes Makhmalbaf and parallels the contrapuntal textual investigations of Resnais.

Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Reminded of 'Ever After,' a film that took a standard western myth and updated it with wit, verve and relevance. This is in that league, and rather more elegant and adult.

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Michael Dequina

[The] film is handsomely mounted--from the sets and costuming to the appealing young stars--and ultimately a lot of fun.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Abell
A highly stylized telling of a Korean folk tale from another time concerning love and loyalty. A singer, almost operatic in his delivery, tells most of the tale… More
Leo L
One of my all-time favorites! Love this movie.
John Ballantine
I think the Koreans were trying to re-create one of the successful epic pieces of their neighbours the Chinese with this film..but I never really got into it.
Jojo Shek
Korean culture and storyteller in cinema. Ancient story with moral teachings. To be with one love and break every obstacle and boundry.