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Liberal take on artist SHIN Yoon-bok arrives in cinemas

2008/11/06 Source

Director Jeon Yoon-soo returns with Mi-indo (English translation: "Portrait of a Beauty"), the cinematic adaptation of the popular novel Baramui Hwawon (English translation: Painter of the Wind) by Lee Jeong-myeong. The book portrays monumental painter SHIN Yoon-bok as a woman disguised as a man.

Kim Min-seon portrays the famous artist as a woman and women were not permitted to be artist in the late Joseon dynasty. Therefore, the talented young woman disguises herself as a man. Kim Young-ho plays legendary artist KIM Hong-do who mentored SHIN. In the fictional tale, KIM Hong-do and SHIN Yoon-bok had besides a mentor-student relation, also a romantic involvement.

The popular novel sparked renewed interest on a broad scale in SHIN whose life is little known. The television drama adaptation "Painter of the Wind" starring Moon Geun-young has a large following, and the exhibitions of SHIN's paintings draw huge crowds.

Scholars have criticised the entertainment industry for distorting facts about a major artist who is representative of the Joseon era and was undoubtedly a man.

JEON's previous film was the box office hit "Le Grand Chef". Kim Min-seon played in Kim Tae-yong's "Memento Mori". Kim Young-ho portrayed a contemporary artist in Hong Sang-soo's "Night and Day". Mi-indo premieres on 13 November.

Yi Ch'ang-ho (KOFIC)

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