(aka "Chihwaseon" or "Chi-hwa-seon" or "Painted Fire" or "Drunk on Women and Poetry")

directed by Im Kwon-taek
South Korea 2002

Korean master Im Kwon-taek shared the best director prize at Cannes in 2002 for this old-fashioned, beautifully crafted biopic of painter Jang Seung-up... Jang's life provides more than enough drama and historical incident for this rich evocation of Korea's past; against the backdrop of Chinese and Japanese colonization, political reform, and popular revolt, his career as a rebel artist plays out in a brisk series of episodes, and this telegraphic narrative, with elegant ellipses separating precisely delineated moments, becomes a perfect analogue to his vibrantly impressionistic brushwork. ... Ultimately this triumph of cinematography and art direction, which translates easily into Western art-house fare, remains vulnerable to its own internal critique of art as commodity.

Excerpted from a review by Shelly Kraicer, full review HERE

Theatrical Release: May 10, 2002 - South Korea

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Distribution

Kino

Region 0 - NTSC

Cinema Service
Region 3 - NTSC
Runtime 1:56:32 1:59:40
Video 1.80:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.80 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.18 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

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Kino

 

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Cinema Service

 

Audio Korean (Dolby Digital 2.0)

Korean (Dolby Digital 5.1), Korean (DTS)

Subtitles English (burned in) English, Korean and none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Kino

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.80:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer (2:30)
• Slide show (5:20)
• Stills gallery: Behind the Scenes
• Stills gallery: The art of Chihwaseon

DVD Release Date: February 3, 2004
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Release Information:
Studio: Cinema Service

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Cast Information, Film Festival Footage, Interviews, More, Photo Gallery, Production Notes, Television Spots, Trailer

NOTE: 2nd disc Extras have No English subtitles)

DVD Release Date: December 21st, 2002
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Comments: Hmmm... aside from the obvious - that the anamorphic Cinema Service two disc DVD with 5.1 or DTS sound is superior in just about every area than the Kino Region 0 NTSC - one of these DVD images is slightly skew. The Cinema Service DVD looks slightly stretched to my eye - characters are appearing a little longer and thinner than in the Kino side. Then again this may be exaggerated as the Kino characters faces look a little fatter to me. Unfortunately the Cinema Service DVD's 2nd disc of Extras have no subtitles, but other than that I would say it is the definitive version of this film on DVD right now. The Kino looks inordinately dark with an occasional bluish tinge and much less sharp than the Region 3 DVD. The CS image is slightly cropped on the left and top edges. Easy choice to go with the Cinema Service, even with the negligibly elongated aspect ratio. 

NOTE: There is a "Wooden Box" Special Edition DVD version of this film from Cinema Service, but the transfer is the same as this one.

- Gary W. Tooze





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