This chapter analyzes Im Kwon-taek's film Chihwaseon (Drunk on Women and Poetry [UK]/Painted Fire [USA], 2002), which charts the life of Jang Seung-up, a nineteenth-century Korean painter who changed the direction of Korean art. The film would go on to achieve worldwide acclaim and win the Best Director Award at the Cannes Film Festival. The film charts the period from around 1850 to 1897 and presents the persecution and killing of over 8,000 Korean Catholics in 1866; to the reformist revolution in 1884 where a Japanese-sponsored coup d'état was ended by Chinese military intervention. It also emphasizes the connection between Jang's paintings and the role of motion. Compared to the older Chinese-based static style, Jang tries to discover a painting method which expresses movement and fluidity. His focus on motion is linked into the Korean people's desire for change.
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