Portrait of a Beauty

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Portrait of a Beauty
Portrait of a Beauty film poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Revised RomanizationMiindo
Directed byJeon Yun-su
Written byHan Su-ryeon
Based onPainter of the Wind
by Lee Jung-myung
Produced byChoi Jun-yeong
Kim Se-hun
Lee Seong-hun
StarringKim Min-sun
Kim Young-ho
Kim Nam-gil
CinematographyPark Hee-ju
Edited byPark Gok-ji
Music byHwang Sang-jun
Distributed byCJ Entertainment
Release date
  • November 13, 2008 (2008-11-13)
Running time
108 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
Box officeUS$11,848,017[1]

Portrait of a Beauty (Korean미인도; RRMiindo) is a 2008 South Korean film directed by Jeon Yun-su. Adapted from the bestselling novel Painter of the Wind (Korean바람의 화원; RRBarame Hwawon) by Lee Jung-myung, the film portrays Joseon-era painter Shin Yun-bok (better known by his pen name, Hyewon) as being a woman disguised as a man.[2]

Portrait of a Beauty opened in South Korean theaters on 13 November 2008.[3] It was the 8th most attended domestic film of 2008 with 2,364,482 tickets sold.[4][5]


Retired court painter Shin Han-pyeong seeks to settle an old score with the most sought-after painter of that time, Kim Hong-do (Kim Young-ho). Shin raises his son to surpass Kim Hong-do, but his son commits suicide over his lack of talent. The father then pushes his daughter Yun-jeong to disguise herself as her brother and enter the world of court painters.

The grown-up Yun-jeong (Kim Gyu-ri), now known under the pen name "Hyewon," finally enters the court and learns to paint under the guidance of Kim Hong-do, who is trusted by King Jeongjo.

Kim Hong-do quickly notices Yun-bok's huge potential as well as his girlish features. Things remain normal until Yun-bok goes out and comes across a playful seller of mirrors, Kang-mu (Kim Nam-gil). When their romantic adventure takes off, it is Kim Hong-do who ends up heartbroken. Kim's jealousy, and his desire to own Yun-bok physically and emotionally, soars to a perilous level.


Artistic license[edit]

Shin Yun-bok, better known by the pen name Hyewon, was a real historical figure who produced a host of thematically provocative and artistically excellent paintings in the 18th century. However, not one record of the painter still exists.[6][7]

Several art history scholars have criticized the Korean entertainment industry for distorting historical facts about the painter, who was unquestionably a man.[8] The novel had also been adapted into the television series Painter of the Wind.

Awards and nominations[edit]

2009 Baeksang Arts Awards
2009 Chunsa Film Art Awards
  • Best Cinematography – Park Hee-ju
  • Best Editing – Park Gok-ji
  • Best Art Direction – Lee Ha-jun
2009 Grand Bell Awards
  • Best Cinematography – Park Hee-ju
  • Nomination – Best Director – Jeon Yun-su
  • Nomination – Best Actress – Kim Gyu-ri
  • Nomination – Best Supporting Actress – Choo Ja-hyun
  • Nomination – Best Lighting – Kim Seung-gyu
  • Nomination – Best Art Direction – Lee Ha-jun
  • Nomination – Best Costume Design – Lee Yu-suk
2009 Blue Dragon Film Awards[9]
  • Nomination – Best Supporting Actress – Choo Ja-hyun
  • Nomination – Best Lighting – Kim Seung-gyu
  • Nomination – Best Art Direction – Lee Ha-jun


  1. ^ "Box office by Country: Portrait of a Beauty". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-06-04.
  2. ^ Chung, Ah-young (9 October 2008). "Mysterious Artist Resurfaces on Modern Culture Scene". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
  3. ^ "Provocative Portrait of a Beauty Tops Movie Chart". The Chosun Ilbo. 24 November 2008. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
  4. ^ Yi, Chang-ho (27 November 2008). "Portrait of a Beauty sold to Japan, Singapore, and Thailand". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
  5. ^ "The Best Selling Films of 2008". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
  6. ^ Lee, Eun-joo (31 October 2008). "Fact and fiction meld in life of mysterious Joseon painter". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 26 January 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
  7. ^ Yang, Sung-hee (25 October 2008). "Erotic icon". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 27 January 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
  8. ^ Yi, Chang-ho (6 November 2008). "Liberal take on artist SHIN Yoon-bok arrives in cinemas". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
  9. ^ "Portrait of a Beauty - Awards". Cinemasie. Retrieved 2014-02-05.

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