Total votes: 10

Director & Screenwriter: Im Kwon Taek

Release Date: May 10, 2002

Duration: 2 hr. 0 min.

Year: 2002

Rank: #53352

Country: South Korea

Native Title: 취화선

Content Rating: 18+ Restricted (violence & profanity)

Alternative Titles: Painted Fire, Drunk On Women And Poetry, Strokes of Fire, Chwi-hwa-seon

Genre: Drama, Historical


During the 1850s, Kim Byung Moon saves young Seung Up from being beaten by a group of drifters. Seung Up draws him a picture to explain the reason for being beaten. Kim looks carefully at Seung Up’s rough yet extraordinary talent… and years later, Kim encourages Seung Up to pursue the life of a true artist and gives him a pen name, Oh Won. Seung Up meets Mae Hyang, a daughter ofa declined Yangban (nobleman) who attracts him deeply. But, they part when she runs away from the persecution of the catholic.

Seung Up leaves and wanders about in pursuit of the truth of art. Nobody can hold on to him. Only through pleasure can he eagerly stroke his paintbrush. He confirms the power of his brushstroke through his painting of a monkey with a liquor bottle in hand while mocking the world. As fame builds up, he yearns to change and stretch beyond his limits.

(Source: HanCinema)


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