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A Global Gala Event

Chihwaseon (Painted Fire)

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Friday 4/3
7:00 pm
$9 General Public
$7 Students & Seniors
FREE IHP Members

FOR FILMS AND EVENTS PRESENTED BY IHP, Tickets ARE Also Available From the IHP Box Office, which is normally open Tue-Sat from noon-8pm (or, for events outside of those times, from one hour before until one hour after the scheduled starting time).  
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dir. Im Kwon-Taek, Korea, 2002, 35mm, Korean w/ English subtitles, 116 min.

All ticketholders are invited to join us at 6pm prior to the screening for a complimentary sampling of Korean cuisine by Philadelphia restaurant Seorabol!

We'll enjoy:   Mandu (Korean Dumpling)  /  Kkangpoongi (Korean Chicken Wings)  /  Japchae (Stirred Fried Clear Noodles)  /  Kimbop (Korean Sushi Roll)

From locals to pro athletes to the former President of South Korea, food lovers have found it impossible to resist chef/owner Kye Cho's classic menu--one that's been crafted over 10 years at the 5-star Nam Seoul Hotel and Sae Jong Hotel. It's a culinary journey that features some of Korea's most traditional, and mouth-watering dishes: spicy stews, hearty rice dishes and the only charcoal-grilled Korean BBQ in Philadelphia. Seorabol has been serving the most authentic taste of Korean food and culture for over 20 years.

Proceeds from this screening will in part benefit The Shane Campaign - please see below for more information

The Global Gala is International House Philadelphia’s largest fundraising event of the year. This year, our 54th Global Gala will celebrate the people and culture of Korea! Leading up to the Gala, IHP is presenting a series of programs for guests to experience and learn more about Korea’s rich history and

culture before the big event on May 9th. 

Introduction by Hye-Jung Park – Associate Director/Program Manager, Scribe Video Center; Global Gala Host Committee.  
Discussion and Q+A moderated by Sharlyn Rhee – Research Associate, James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies; Ph.D., University of Chicago

Winner of the Cannes Film Festival's Best Director award, Chihwaseon is a vivid portrait of the turbulent life and times of Korea's greatest artist. As remarkably embodied by Choi Min-sik (Old Boy), the temperamental, passionate brush master Jang Seung-up paints with a martial artist's fervor while indulging a rock star's single-minded lust for life. Amidst the tumult and destruction of nineteenth century Korea, "Ohwon" as he comes to be called, fights to escape both the rigid artistic boundaries and the social fetters that would deny his low-born, unschooled genius.


Saved from a street gang's fists by a wealthy patron, young Ohwon's raw talent, as demonstrated in a sketch thanking his rescuer, opens the door to a world that would otherwise be forbidden to the dirt-poor outsider. As Ohwon's artistic abilities develop to near supernatural perfection, his carnal appetites grow into self-immolation. But whether imprisoned in a gilded cage as a reluctant Court Artist or painting Kama Sutra pillow book porno for booze money, Ohwon's personal dissolution and political innocence yield artworks that one awestruck admirer says "emanate divine strength as if ghosts were dancing around them."


While Ohwon's brush tugs at paper inside the quiet of Seoul's most privileged homes, out on the street the flames of revolution are fanned by the Japanese and Chinese generals who would claim Korea for their own. In Chihwaseon, director Im Kwon-Taek portrays both the near apocalyptic upheaval of turn of the century Korea and the intimate interior battle between Ohwon's creative and libidinous desires with "the very elegance and mastery of the painter himself." (The Washington Post)

Shane Lee is a fun-loving, affectionate, and energetic 4-year-old who lives life to the fullest. In June of last year, he was diagnosed with DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma), a rare form of brain cancer that is also the most resistant to chemotherapy.  It affects only children, fewer than 10% of whom make it past 18 months from their diagnosis. There have been no known survivors. 


As word spread about Shane's diagnosis, his family created a Facebook page, The Shane Campaign, to provide updates about his condition, help connect them with other DIPG families going through this journey, and raise awareness about DIPG so that more funding will become available for research and clinical trials to find a cure.


Shane is being treated at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine at Penn, in the hopes that the recommended radiation and medication will stabilize his tumor and give him some more time. His family is extremely grateful for the outpouring of love and support they've received from friends, strangers, and the Philadelphia community. If you wish to donate toward easing the financial burden of Shane's medical care, please visit The Shane Campaign's fundraising page here.