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Movie: The Servant (English title) / A Story of Bangja (literal title)
Revised romanization: Bang Ja Jeon
Director: Kim Dae-Woo
Writer: Kim Dae-Woo
Producer: Moon Yang-Kwon, Im Seung-Yong, Seo Woo-Sik, Park Dae-Hee
Cinematographer: Kim Young-Min
Release Date: June 3, 2010
Runtime: 124 min.
Production Company: Barunson Film Divsion
Distributor: CJ Entertainment
Country: South Korea
SUBTITLES : ENGLISH - KOREAN
The "Chun-hyang story" is a narrative of Korean folklore, whose origins seem to emerge from a shamanic ritual. Subsequently, the story spread in the form of pansori singing, acquiring a more complex narrative structure that has been handed down to this day. Chun-hyang, daughter of a kisaeng and an aristocrat, falls in love with Mong-ryeong, son of the local magistrate.
Since the union of people belonging to different classes was forbidden during the Chosun era, the two young men marry in secret, but later Mong is forced to leave for Seoul to undergo state examinations.
During his absence, a new magistrate arrives in the village who, by refusing the girl to serve him, what he would be holding as a daughter of a kisaeng, makes her arrested. Mong, who in the meantime became a King's Inspector, returns just in time to save Chun-hyang from the death sentence and punish the wicked magistrate Byeon. The sweet Chun-hyang embodies the ideals of femininity exalted by Confucian society of the time, fidelity, obedience, and chastity, and its misadventures highlight the injustice of a rigidly divided class structure in classes. Hence the popularity of the character, so that there are 14 adaptations for the big screen, of which three North Koreans. The idea of Kim Dae-woo, director and screenwriter, is to revise the traditional version, centering narrative on a marginal character: Bang-ja, the servant of Lee Mong-ryeong.
Kim Joo-hyuk ... Bang-ja
Jo Yeo-jeong ... Chun-hyang
Ryoo Seung-bum ... Lee Mong-ryong
Oh Dal-su ... Mr. Ma
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