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‘The Story of Chun-Hyang’, the classical Korean narrative literature, is the most filmed work. Directed by from a Japanese under the rule of Japanese imperialism in 1923 to Im Kwon-taek in 2000, it is filmed no less than seventeen times. Among them, Seong Chun-Hyang is the oldest version remained until present and the first color cinemascope film in Korea. Seong Chun-Hyang starred by Choi Eun-hee in 1961 grappled with The Story of Chun-Hyang starred by Hong Seong-gi and Kim Ji-mi being released at the same time, which made a big issue not only in film industry but also socially.
Heo Jang-gang’s starring as Bangja and Do Geum-bong as Hyangdan helped the film have humoristic and satiric function and get big responses in public, which women audiences addressed as Gomooshin Gwangaek (Rubber shoes audiences; in 60s, most women wore Gomooshin, rubber shoes)’ make possible. Chun-Hyang is summoned as an incarnation of romantic love, a feudal virtuous heroine leading a ‘chaste life’ or an embodiment of Hyunmoyangcheo (a wise mother to children and a wise wife to husband) ideology according to the periodic, political and cultural context. At the scenes that Chun-Hyang faces Byun Hak-Do, however, Chun-Hyang seems to deviate from the feminine model prescribed by a patriarchal discourse and makes cracks on the mechanism of those discourses, as she confesses her real marital relation beyond the ‘law’ against Byun’s claims representing the ‘law’ and rejects Byun’s enforcement for her to give himself bed service. (Kwon Eun-sun)
Shin Sang-okShin Sang-ok
Born in 1925, Shin Sang-ok studied painting in Japan and returned to Korea in 1945. He began his film career at Koryeo Film Production as an assistant director to Choi In-kyu. In 1950, he founded his own company, Shin Sang-ok Production and made his debut film, The Evil Night in the midst of the Korean War in 1952. With the huge success of Seong Chun-Hyang (1961), he positioned himself as the No. 1 director and producer in Korea and led the Korean cinema boom in sixties. He is also a prominent figure in Asian Cinema; and was an influential filmmaker in Hong Kong as well. His major filmography includes A Romantic Papa (1960), Mother and a Guest (1961), Deaf Samryong-i (1964) King’s Father (1968), Women of Yi-Dynasty (1969) and War and Human Being (1971).