Sopyonje

  • 112'
  • South Korea
  • 1993
Melodrama in which emotions and moral choices are exceptionally fresh, direct and moving. The film is set in the fifties, when the traditional culture of Korea was under pressure from Japanese and Western influences. We see in flashbacks how Dong-ho is searching the countryside for a rare medicinal herb for his sick son in Seoul. But in reality he is looking for Song-hwa, the woman he grew up with. They were both orphans and pupils of Yu-bong, the 'pansori' master (pansori is a popular folk song in South Western Korea and is the musical expression of collective suffering). Yu-bong forced them to sacrifice everything for their art. was the biggest cash success in the history of South Korea, where almost a million people have seen the film.
Director
Im Kwon-Taek
Country of production
South Korea
Production Year
1993
Festival Edition
IFFR 1995
Length
112'
Medium
35mm
Language
Korean
Producer
TaeHung Production Co. Ltd.
Sales
Tafhung Pictures
Local Distributor
Cinemien