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Painted Fire

painter artist artists' life biography joseon dynasty

Painted Fire

Release Date: May 10, 2002

Year    :   2002
Slogan    :   «»
Genres    :   Drama, History
Production Companies    :   Taehung Pictures, Cinema Service
Director    :   Im Kwon-taek
Producers    :   Lee Tae-Won
Writers    :   Im Kwon-taek, Min Byung-sam, Kim Yong-ok
RunTime    :   120 mins.

The struggles of an artist. Jang Seung-up (1843-1897), also called Owon, focusing on the years 1882 to 1897, when Korea was in political upheaval, caught between China and Japan, the conservative dynasty dying, and peasant revolt at hand. Jang, born poor, has genius; a merchant, Kim, becomes his patron, finding him a teacher. Jang must convince others that a commoner can have talent, then move beyond his ability to copy old masters and find his own style. He's bedeviled by a temper and alcohol, arguments with patrons as he seeks commissions, and relationships with kisaeng, particularly Mae-hyang, that start and stop. It's the life of a restless spirit producing great art.


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