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  • Summary: Set in 18th century Korea, this story of young lovers from different social castes is based on a Korean folk tale.
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. A spectacular, engrossing, big-hearted film based on one of Korea's great national epics and made by that country's top filmmaker.
  2. Im Kwon Taek's exquisite Chunhyang brings to the screen one of Korea's most cherished folk tales, a timeless romance in which the lovers are challenged by differences in class.
  3. 90
    The film is unabashedly sexy, and its heady romanticism feels as right and as unaffected as Im's bold use of color and his equally bold decision to tell the story through traditional pansori narration.
  4. Demonstrates that sometimes the simplest stories are the most profound, and certainly possess the most moral authority. It's a film that emphasizes loyalty and sacrifice, values that have become jokes in most other films these days.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    80
    From the ravishing landscape photography to the exquisite costume design, the entire film is a stunning visual experience; rarely since Hollywood's golden age has the genre been so well served.
  6. Im's movie approaches a seething, primitivist beauty that evokes Makhmalbaf and parallels the contrapuntal textual investigations of Resnais.
  7. The second-class status of women in Korean society is a reminder of Confucianism's dark side. For all its pretty cinematic images and well-meaning bows to a vanishing literary tradition, this movie is a celebration of that dark side.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
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