AKA 'Painted Fire'. In a time of political and social unrest in 19th century Korea, an uncouth, self-taught painter explores his natural talent amidst the repressive world around him. Despite his self-destructive hard drinking, his penchant for consorting with prostitutes, his impoverished background, his refusal to follow anyone's rules, the political turbulence of the times in which he lives, and the fact that he rarely signs his own work, Jang Seung-up, alias Oh-won (Choi Min-sik), rises to prominence as an artist. A vivid portrait of the turbulent life and times of Korea's greatest artist, this breathtaking film was awarded the Best Director prize at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.
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