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The specifically Korean tradition that is reclaimed in Sopyonje is the type of folk-song known as pansori, described as a musical sublimation of South-West Korea's collective grief and suffering - in other words, a kind of blues. The film's three central characters are itinerant pansori singers in the 1950s, a time when many aspects of Korean culture came under siege from Japanese and western influences. The story unfolds through flashbacks.

Director: Im Kwon-taek.

Starring: Jung-hae Oh, Kim Myung-gon, Kim Kyu-chul, Sae-kil Shin, Ahn Byeong-kyeong, Jo Jae-hyeon and more.