(aka 'Seopyeonje' or 'Sopyonje')

Directed by Kwon-taek Im
South Korea 1993

 

  Director Im Kwon Taek is regarded by many as the father of modern Korean Cinema, and certainly the first director to receive global critical acclaim. With around a hundred films to his credit, in a career spanning five decades, Im has crafted some of Korea's most revered, and successful films. Seopyonje, originally released in 1993, became one of the most successful Korean films of the decade. Using the traditional Korean music of pansori, Seopyonje is a rich examination of the country's modernization due to Western influence in the 1950s.

 
A lone pansori singer, Dong Ho, roams the countryside of SouthWest Korea, searching for the young orphan girl he grew up with. They were raised together by an elderly pansori master, but Dong Ho ran away to explore Seoul when he was still a youngster. The girl however, has since lost her sight, and apparently still wanders the land singing pansori. Im's film is poetic in tone, beautiful to look at and the pansori soundtrack is a delight. Not only is Seopyonje one of Im's finest films, but a genuine classic of Korean Cinema.

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Theatrical Release: April 10th, 1993 - Seoul

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DVD Review: Spectrum - Region 3 - NTSC

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Distribution Spectrum Home Video - Region 3 - NTSC
Runtime 1:53:00 
Video 1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.4 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

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Audio Korean (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, Korean, Japanese, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Spectrum

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Edition Details:

• Exclusive poster
• Still gallery
• Im Kwon Taek's Filmography

DVD Release Date: October 27th, 2005

Transparent Keep Case inside cardboard box
Chapters: 24

 

 

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Wow! - an extremely impressive image from the Spectrum DVD - part of the Im Kwon-taek Collection that will also include the long version of Chunhyang and The General's Son. Progressive, anamorphic, sharp, tight to the frame and bursting with brilliant colors that are not over saturated. Contrast is also spot-on. Subtitles seem very well translated and the audio track is clear, syncronized and audible. Not much in the way of extras but the price is quite reasonable for such a wonderful digital presentation of this powerful, tender and unforgettable film. This bodes very well for future Korean releases that I understand are looming on the horizon. 

Gary W. Tooze

 





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