Starring: Kim Min Sun, Choo Ja Hyun, Kim Young Ho, Kim Nam Gil
Director: Jeon Yun Soo
Studio: Planis Entertainment (Korea)
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About This DVD
Portrait of a Beauty is a 2008 South Korean film directed by Jeon Yoon-soo.
Adapted from the novel Painter of the Wind by Lee Jeong-myeong, the film
portrays Joseon-era painter Shin Yoon-bok (better known by his pen name, Hyewon)
as a being a woman disguised as a man. The Korean entertainment industry has
been criticised by scholars for distorting historical facts about the painter,
who was unquestionably a man. Portrait of a Beauty opened in South Korean
theatres on 13 November 2008.
Born to a family of established court painters, seven-year-old Yun-jeong is a young girl gifted at painting. However, the pressure is on her brother to carry on the proud family tradition, as women arenĄ¯t allowed to become professional painters. While her brother trains to take his place in the court, Yun-jeong helps him out by secretly painting for him. The little girlĄ¯s life is turned upside down when her brother kills himself.
In order to preserve the family honor, she is forced to take her brotherĄ¯s name and lives as a man. Yun-bokĄ¯s genius and talent captures the heart of another great master of the time, Kim Hong-do. But her daring depictions of women are condemned by the royal institute as obscene. Yun-bok meets Kang-mu and falls deeply in love. For the first time, she feels the strong desire to abandon everything she has built and simply be a woman in front of the man she loves. Kang-mu sacrifices all for his love as well. Kim Hong-do, who loved the genius of his best student, ends up loving everything about her, and Seol-hwa, a Gisaeng at the courtesan house, possesses a love for Hong-do that turns into fatal jealousy. The secret behind Shin Yun-bokĄ¯s masterpiece, Portrait of a Beauty, is finally revealed after 250 years of silence.
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