The Korea Society's mini-retrospective of three works starring Choi Min-shik, one of Korea’s most recognizable contemporary actors, continues this coming Sunday afternoon with this screening of Chihwaseon (Painted Fire in English; a.k.a. Stroke of Fire).
Winner of the Best Director Award at Cannes, this period portrait stars Choi as a nineteenth-century painter known as Ohwon. Born a commoner and discovered as a boy, Ohwon captivated and scandalized his country's ruling class and spent his long career in and out of favor, and in and out of trouble. Choi dazzles as the petulant, manipulative, and melancholy painter—whose behavior forecast the archetypal tortured artist of the 20th century
Chihwaseon info at The Korea Society's website here.
Chilwaseon info at MoMI's website here.
Also note that, in association with the Korean Cultural Service New York, the upcoming New York Asian Film Festival (June 29 - July 15) will present a series of new and classic Choi Min-Sik performances.