Director Im Kwon-Taek Retrospective: Drunk on Women and Poetry (Chihwaseon)

Date: Oct 24, 2012 8:40 PM / Oct 30, 2012 6:00 PM
Venue: BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, The South Bank Centre, London

Year: 2002
Production Country: South Korea
Directed by: Im Kwon-Taek
Featuring: Choi Min-Sik / You Ho-Jeong / Ahn Song-Ki
Running time: 117min
Certificate: 15

Little is known about the life of painter Ohwon (real name: Jang Seung-Ub, 1843-97), but Im imagines him as the working-class embodiment of a libidinous quest for the sublime. As played by the magnificent Choi Min-Sik (Oldboy), Ohwon roisters through a series of doomed romances and drunken acts of creation, sometimes speaking Im’s own words. Best Director prize, Cannes 2002.

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