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Chi-hwa-seon or Chwi-hwa-seon, (also known as Painted Fire, Strokes of Fire or Drunk on Women and Poetry), is a 2002 South Korean drama film directed by Im Kwon-taek about Jang Seung-eop (commonly known by his pen name, Owon), a nineteenth-century Korean painter who changed the direction of Korean art.

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Revised RomanizationChwihwaseon
Directed byIm Kwon-taek
Produced byLee Tae-won
Written byKwon-taek Im
Byung-sam Min
StarringChoi Min-sik
Ahn Sung-ki
Yoo Ho-jeong
Music byKim Young-dong
CinematographyJeong Il-seong
Edited byPark Sun-deok
Distributed byCinema Service
Release date
  • May 10, 2002 (2002-05-10)
Running time
117 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
Box office$6.9 million[1]


It begins with the Korean artist being suspicious of a Japanese art-lover who values his work. The story then goes back to his man's early years. Beginning as a vagabond with a talent for drawing, he has a talent for imitating other people's art, but is urged to go on and develop a style of his own. This process is painful and he often behaves very badly, getting drunk and being hostile to those who care about him and try to help him.

These events are set against the struggle for reform within Korea, caught between China and Japan (annexed by Japan in 1910, outside the film's time-frame).




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  2. ^ Awards based on "Awards for Chihwaseon (2002)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-11-01.
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Chi-hwa-seon". Retrieved 2009-10-24.
  4. ^ "Kim Ki-duk, Grand Prix de l'UCC". La Libre Belgique (in French). January 9, 2006. Retrieved October 21, 2012.


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