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  • Summary: Im Kwon-taek's ninety-fifth film tells the story of renowned nineteenth-century painter Jang Seung-up (Choi Min-Sik), an artist whose revolutionary work - and persona - has forever changed the face of Korean art. (Kino International)
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  1. Another masterpiece from one of the world's more neglected great directors, a master artist who here reveals the soul of another.
  2. Reviewed by: Shelly Kraicer
    90
    Old-fashioned, beautifully crafted biopic of painter Jang Seung-up.
  3. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    90
    Succeeds as the rehumanizing of a near mythical figure.
  4. The mystery of the artistic process is left mysterious -- as it should be.
  5. A handsome film, filled with lavish costumes and set designs and told in a series of exquisitely composed images. But even with its visual polish, it's a chilly, largely unaffecting film about an unsympathetic man.
  6. 75
    This is that rare art flick whose subject goes nuts because his work is not self-indulgent ENOUGH.
  7. 50
    In the scope of things, Ohwon's story is a route into the larger story of an uncertain and tumultuous period in Korea, and it's here that Chi-hwa-seon loses its grip.

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