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Due in part to a dense shroud of regulatory policy, the Korean film industry finds few viewers in the West. One of a mere handful of directors to break through this barrier in recent years is Im Kwon Taek (Mandala, Ticket). The latest in a line of more than 100 films for Im (Korean family names come before given names), Chunhyang is a vivid retelling of the classic Korean tale of an 18th century love that withstands and defines a culture.

A musical of sorts, Chunhyang emerges as a rare pairing of film with the ancient Korean operatic tradition of pansori. As such, the picture opens on a black, dimly lighted stage as the pansori singer begins the tale, blending quickly into the moment of action.

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Peeking out from underneath the awkward, spoken word/village minstrel/performance art presentation of "Chunhyang" is a deeply moving romantic epic struggling to get out.

An ancient Korean fable about the forbidden love between a provincial governor's noble son and the beautiful daughter of a former courtesan, the story told in this film is a timeless one of passion and tragedy.

But prolific Korean director Im Kwon Taek (he's made over 90 films in less than 40 years) holds the viewer at arm's length by telling the story within the distracting framework of a pansori performance -- a traditional, rigidly stylized narrative stage show that involves a storyteller singing and reciting the tale to an accompanying drumbeat.

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