The Sound of a Flower (DVD) (Japan Version) DVD Region 2
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Young girl Jin Chae Seon (Suzy), who was brought up in a gisaeng house, has dreamed of performing pansori since she heard master Shin Jae Hyo's (Ryu Seung Ryong) performance. Though she expresses her strong desire to learn pansori, Shin rejects her since women are forbidden from performing pansori. Therefore, Chae Seon disguises herself as a boy to enter the pansori school but is still turned down by Shin. After learning that King Gojong's father Daewongun (Kim Nam Gil) is going to hold a national pansori competition, Shin decides to accept Chae Seon as a disciple because she is the most suitable to sing the famous pansori Chunhyangga. However, they can't let
|Product Title:||The Sound of a Flower (DVD) (Japan Version) 桃李花歌 [DVD] (日本版) 桃李花歌 [DVD] (日本版) 花、香る歌 [DVD] (日本版) 도리화가|
|Artist Name(s):||Ryu Seung Ryong | Bae Suzy | Song Sae Byuk 柳承龍 | Suzy | 宋 清晨 柳承龙 | Bae Suzy | 宋 清晨 リュ・スンリョン | ペ・スジ | ソン・セビョク | キム・テソン 류 승룡 | 수지 | 송새벽|
|Director:||Lee Jong Pil 李忠弼 李忠弼 イ・ジョンピル 이종필|
|Publisher Product Code:||PCBE-55490|
|Country of Origin:||South Korea|
|Region Code:||2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1053556738|
スジ / リュ・スンリョン / ソン・セビョク / イ・ジョンピル (監督、脚本) / キム・テソン (音楽)
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Korean writer director Lee Jong-pil follows up his 2013 debut Born to Sing with another musically-themed offering in The Sound of a Flower, which charts the true story of Jin Chae Seon, Joseon's first female pansori singer (a traditional form of Korean storytelling through song and drum). In the lead the film features Suzy from K-pop group Miss A, taking on her first proper lead role after having appeared in Lee Yong-Ju's Architecture 101 back in 2012, joined by popular actor Ryoo Seung-ryong (The Piper) in the role of her mentor and possible love interest.
Set in 1867, the film sees Suzy as Jin Chae-seon, a girl raised in a gisaeng house, who desperately wishes to become a pansori singer, something expressly forbidden for women. After her request for tutoring is rejected by pansori master Shin Jae-hyo (Ryoo Seung-ryong), she disguises herself as a boy and sneaks into the school, a shabby scheme which is soon uncovered. However, impressed by her talent, Shin reluctantly agrees to take her on, and decides to enter her in a national pansori competition organised by King Gojong's father Daewongun (Kim Nam-gil, The Shameless), despite knowing that they would both face the death penalty if her identity is revealed.
Although an interest in or knowledge of pansori isn't vital for enjoying The Sound of a Flower, it certainly helps, as aside from its focus on the practice the film is very much a standard historical biopic. Lee Jong-pil sticks closely to the usual formula for period dramas of the type, without any real effort to try and freshen things up, and the film's plot plays out exactly as expected, right through to its predictable conclusion. To be fair, Jin Chae-seon's story is an interesting one in its own right, enough so to keep the viewer watching, even if the film does lack dramatic weight, and Lee manages to wring some tense and emotional moments along the way, to his credit avoiding anything too blatantly melodramatic. The bond between Jin and Shin Jae-hyo is a fascinating one, and it's this which gives the film what drive it has, in particular during the final third when it finally takes centre stage.
This is undermined somewhat by Suzy's performance, which sadly isn't especially strong, either in terms of acting or singing. Though she manages to make Jin likeable, there's no real depth to her take on the character, most of the time seeming to be aiming for either cheerful or determined, over-simplifying what could have, and indeed should have been a far more complicated and conflicted protagonist. The always-reliable Ryoo Seung-ryong is thankfully on far better form, quietly commanding as the stoic Shin, subtly conveying a range of emotions, and his convincing turn helps anchor the film and its central relationship.
Obviously, the pansori aspect of the film is its main draw, and there's plenty of singing and music throughout, giving it a breezy and lyrical feel even during some of its more tragic scenes. While Suzy's popstar singing isn't a great fit for the traditional form, she does put in a creditable and enthusiastic effort, with pleasant enough results, which her fans should certainly enjoy, and which helps ensure the film moves along at a decent pace. Lee's direction is solid, if unremarkable, and the film also benefits from some good production values, sets and costumes, which compare favourably with other recent historical dramas.
Though none of this really makes The Sound of a Flower a great film, it's by no means a bad one, and makes for a couple of hours of agreeable viewing. Let down somewhat by Suzy's average lead performance and lacking in real substance, as a look at the world of pansori it does have its charms, and Lee Jong-pil generally succeeds in keeping things interesting, if not exactly gripping.
by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com