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Im Kwon Taek (Director) | Oh Jung Hae (Actor) | Kim Myung Gon (Actor) | Kim Gyu Cheol (Actor)
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Director Im Kwon Taek is regarded by many as the father of modern Korean Cinema and certainly the first Korean director to receive global critical acclaim. With around a hundred films to his credit, in a career spanning four decades, Im has crafted some of Korea's most revered and successful films. Sopyonje, originally released in 1993, became one of the most successful Korean films of the decade. Using the traditional Korean music of pansori, Sopyonje is a rich examination of the country's modernization due to Western influence in the 1950s.

A lone pansori singer, Dong Ho, roams the countryside of Southwest Korea, searching for the young orphan girl he grew up with. They were raised together by an elderly pansori master, but Dong Ho ran away to explore Seoul when he was still a youngster. The girl however, has since lost her sight, and apparently still wanders the land singing pansori. Im's film is poetic in tone, beautiful to look at and the pansori soundtrack is a delight. Not only is Sopyonje one of Im's finest films, but a genuine classic of Korean Cinema.

This version comes with a booklet and special features including audio commentary, opening ceremony of director Im Kwon Taek's retrospective exhibition, digital restoration before/after featurette, trailer and photo gallery.

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Product Title: Sopyonje (Blu-ray) (Korea Version) 西便制 (Blu-ray) (韓國版) 西便制 (Blu-ray) (韩国版) 風の丘を越えて (Blu-ray) (韓国版) 서편제 (블루레이) (한국판)
Also known as: 悲歌一曲 悲歌一曲
Artist Name(s): Oh Jung Hae (Actor) | Kim Myung Gon (Actor) | Kim Gyu Cheol (Actor) | An Pyeong Keong (Actor) 吳貞孩 (Actor) | 金明坤 (Actor) | 金 圭哲 (Actor) | An Pyeong Keong (Actor) 吴贞孩 (Actor) | 金明坤 (Actor) | 金 圭哲 (Actor) | An Pyeong Keong (Actor) オ・ジョンヘ (Actor) | キム・ミョンゴン (Actor) | Kim Gyu Cheol (Actor) | アン・ビョンギョン (Actor) 오정해 (Actor) | 김명곤 (Actor) | 김규철 (Actor) | 안병경 (Actor)
Director: Im Kwon Taek 林權澤 林权泽 イム・グォンテク 임권택
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2017-07-06
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Japanese, Korean
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC, [HD] High Definition What is it?
Sound Information: DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Publisher: Korean Federation of Film Archives
Other Information: 1-Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1060515212

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서편제 (블루레이) (한국판)

*Screen Format:1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
*Sound Mix:Korean DTS-HD MA 3.0

*Director:임권택

거장 임권택 감독의 <서편제>를
4K 디지털 복원 버전 블루레이로 보다



한국영상자료원의 2017년 세 번째 블루레이는 거장 임권택 감독의 93번째 작품 <서편제>이다. 오리지널 네거티브 필름에서 4K 고해상도 필름 스캔 후 색보정을 거친 디지털 복원 버전을 원소스로 사용하였다. 임권택 감독은 득음을 깨치기 위해 자식의 눈까지 멀게 한 떠돌이 소리꾼 유봉과 눈이 먼 누이 송화를 그리워하며 전국을 찾아 다니는 동생 동호의 이야기를 탁월한 연출력으로 영화화하여, 개봉 당시 단성사 한 곳에서만 하루 평균 4,318명, 6 개월 동안 서울 관객 103만 5741명을 기록하면서 국민적 열풍을 일으켰다.

한국적 미학으로 승화시키며 ‘한’의 영상미를 구현한 가장 한국적인 영화
가장 한국적인 영화로 평가되었던 <서편제>는 사실 전형적인 스타일의 드라마는 아니다. 롱 테이크와 비선형적 내러티브 구조, 절제된 대사, 그리고 잦은 판소리의 사용 등 아름답고 은유적으로 촬영된 이 영화는 그 시대를 명확히 알 수가 없고 결말도 모호하다. 피가 전혀 섞이지 않은 유사가족을 구성한 유봉, 송화, 동호는 ‘득음’이라는 예술적 경지 아래 서로의 마음을 아프게 하지만 또한 서로를 몹시 그리워한다. 아비 유봉이 자신의 판소리를 여식 송화에게 물려주며 하나가 되었다면, 누이 송화는 자신을 찾아온 동생 동호의 북장단으로 맺힌 한을 풀며 사랑을 완성한다. “동편제는 무겁고 맺음새가 분명한 반면, 서편제는 애절하고 정한이 많다는 차이가 있지만, 그러나 한을 넘어서면 경계는 없다”라는 유봉의 말처럼 우리의 애절함과 정한은 가슴에 맺힌 한을 풀 때 하나가 될 수 있다는 것을 영화는 진심을 다해 말해주고 있다.

임권택 감독, 김홍준 감독, 김명곤, 오정해 배우, 김수철 음악감독의 유쾌한 음성해설과 판소리 버전 자막 등 풍부한 자료로 꾸며진 서플먼트
24년 만에 모인 임권택 감독, 김홍준 감독(당시 조감독), 김명곤, 오정해 배우, 김수철 음악감독의 음성해설은 <서편제>의 탄생 일화, 오정해 배우의 캐스팅 에피소드, 김명곤 배우가 직접 판소리를 부르게 된 경위, 김수철 음악감독의 <서편제> OST가 베스트셀러가 된 사건 등 <서편제> 제작과정과 후일담을 시종 화기애애한 분위기에서 흥미롭게 들려준다. 또한 2006년 녹음된 임권택 감독과 김홍준 감독의 음성해설, 한국영상자료원이 2010년 8월에 개최한 ‘임권택 전작전’ 개막식 동영상, <서편제> 예고편, 그리고 복원 전후 영상 등 다양한 자료들을 서플먼트로 만날 수 있으며, 관객들의 이해를 돕기 위하여 판소리 버전 자막을 선택할 수 있도록 구성하였다. <서편제> 블루레이는 7월 6일부터 주요 온·오프라인 판매처에서 구입할 수 있다.

줄거리 Synopsis

1960년대 초, 어느 산골 주막에 30대 남자가 도착한다. 그는 주막 여인의 판소리에 회상에 잠긴다. 어린 시절 동네에 소리꾼인 유봉(김명곤)이 찾아온다. 동네 아낙인 동호(김규철)의 어머니는 유봉과 사랑에 빠져 마을을 떠난다. 유봉의 딸 송화(오정해)와 넷이 살던 중, 동호의 어머니는 아기를 낳다 죽는다. 유봉은 송화에게 소리를 가르치고, 동호에게는 북치는 법을 가르친다. 그러다가 전쟁으로 인해 생활이 어려워지고, 소리를 가르치기 위해 쉴 틈 없이 다그치는 유봉을 이해하지 못하는 동호는 유봉과 싸우고 떠나 버린다. 동호가 떠난 뒤 송화가 식음을 전폐하고 소리도 포기한 채 그를 기다리자, 유봉은 한이 맺혀야 진정한 소리를 할 수 있다는 생각에 송화의 눈을 멀게 만든다. 동호는 낙산거사(안병경)를 만나 송화의 소식을 듣고 수소문 끝에 대폿집에서 송화와 재회한다.
스페셜 피쳐 Special Features

스페셜피쳐 Special Features
- 음성해설
1. 임권택(영화감독), 김홍준(영화감독), 김명곤(배우), 오정해(배우), 김수철(음악)
: 영어 자막
2. 임권택(영화감독), 김홍준(영화감독) - 2006년 녹음 버전
- 임권택 감독 회고전 개막식 영상
- 복원 전후 영상
- 예고편
- 이미지 자료 모음
소책자 Booklet

- ‘임권택이라는 102계곡 첩첩산중의 진경산수’ 정성일 (영화평론가, 영화감독)
- ‘한류 시대의 <서편제> 읽기’ 김경현 (UC Irvine 동아시아 어문학과 교수, 크리티컬 한국학센터 소장)
- ‘’필름 원래 색 재현‘과 ’개선‘의 경계에서 외줄타기, <서편제> 디지털 복원과정’ (KOFA 보존센터)
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Professional Review of "Sopyonje (Blu-ray) (Korea Version)"

December 5, 2005

This professional review refers to Sopyonje
When a film is described as a genuine classic of Korean Cinema, there's a certain wariness about writing a review without being caught up and overwhelmed by the accolades heaped upon it previously.

It's fortunate then that I didn't come across those comments until after seeing the film, so my expectations were along the lines of the usual Korean drama with the standard allotment of pathos and melodrama. Opening the review with the adjective of classic, it would come as no surprise that Sopyonje is anything but standard. While perhaps lacking the cultural context to feel the real heartbreak that is visible from a distanced viewpoint, I've still read enough history to read maybe too much into some of the metaphors that director Im Kwon Taek has layered into Sopyonje. Nonetheless, it's surprising how engrossing the film is and, if nothing else, the appreciation you develop of the indigenous Korean art of Pansori, an operatic storytelling.

Being centred around a family troupe of Pansori players (which do not have any actual blood relation), Sopyonje follows the lives of the two children, in flashback, as they grow up under the auspice of their father, an itinerant Pansori performer. Being a fanatic, their father, Yubong, trains his daughter Songhwa and son Dongho in the art, and follows as they subsist by performing when and where they can, in a changing world no longer appreciative of the old ways. Dongho finally gets sick of the poverty and leaves for Seoul, and hence the film begins with his retracing his sister's and father's footsteps since he left.

Sopyonje lilts through its narrative, existing predominantly in flashback as Dongho attempts to reunite with his sister. Against expectations, the melodrama is minimal, with a death in the beginning establishing Dongho's relationship with his father, but otherwise the character conflict is virtually nonexistent beyond Dongho's decision to up and leave. And while Dongho drives the plot along, the film centres more upon the relationship between father and daughter, what they do, and the passion they feel to keep their art alive.

The beauty of the film lies in its presentation of Pansori. Its rhythm and longing lies at the heart of the pacing and thematics of the narrative. While mainly composed of long dirges embodying pathos and regret, there are moments of staccato poetics that punctuate the performance. The joy that exists is heartfelt, yet transitory, before the requiem continues.

8 Beats per minute out of 10

by Eugene Chan - heroic-cinema.com

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (1)

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August 19, 2007

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A cinematic work of art Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
If Ingmar Bergman were a Korean filmmaker who loved the traditional art of Pansori, then he might have made a film like "Sopyonje". "Sopyonje" poses the question: What hardships can one justify imposing in the pursuit of great art?

The film's plot is simple. It tells of an itinerant Pansori singer who has two adopted children that he trains in his art. Unfortunately for the itinerant singer, the world is passing his art by. The Japanese invasion brought an interest in enka music to Korea; the Korean war brought an interest in western music. The singer and his children are reduced to being hired by peddlers of cure-all drugs to sing their songs on the public streets in order to drum up business for the peddlers.

The itinerant singer is not discouraged. He is willing to stake his life and the lives of his adopted children on the preservation and advancement of his art. Consequently, the children are subjected to horrific poverty. (In today's world, one suspects that a government social services agent would step in to end this form of child abuse.)

Instead of protecting his children, the itinerant singer commits a truly evil act that he believes will make his daughter a greater Pansori singer. You will have to see the film to learn of this act and of its consequences.

And, trust me, this is a film that you will want to see. It is beautifully filmed, well-acted, and filled with truly extraordinary music. Its simple story is heart-wrenching to watch unfold. And the story's resolution feels inevitable and right.

Very, very highly recommended for fans of arthouse films.
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