[[caption-width-right:300: StarCrossedLovers... Be glad for ValuesDissonance.]]
''Chunhyang'' is a movie directed by famous Korean filmmaker Im Kwon-taek (whose following movie was ''DrunkOnWomenAndPoetry'') and released in 2000. It is based on a ''pansori'', a type of traditional Korean performance that involves a storyteller reciting and singing a narrative to the sound of a drum. The movie depicts both the pansori itself being performed, and the story being told.
Mongryong, the son of a newly installed provincial governor, sees the beautiful Chunhyang, the daughter of a former courtesan, and falls in love with her. He arranges to meet her, and to reassure her about the sincerity of his sentiments, agrees to marry her in a secret ceremony. After a period of blissful if clandestine connubial life, Mongryong must leave for Seoul in order to join the ranks of the civil service.
During his absence, a new governor is nominated and claims Chunhyang as a concubine. She refuses, even when jailed and tortured, and is sentenced to be executed. Mongryong, who has in the meantime become a censor in the royal administration, returns in the guise of a beggar, orders the arrest of the governor and sets everything right.
!!Contains examples of:
* BreakTheCutie: Chunhyang's imprisonment and torture.
* DotingParent: Chunhyang's mother.
* FourthDateMarriage: Second date, actually.
* TheGovernment: Its status is ambiguous, unsurprisingly for a tale set in a Confucian society. The new governor is depicted as despotic (see below), but the hero can set things right by becoming an agent of the central government.
* HappilyEverAfter: So the tale ends.
* ShowWithinAShow: The story within the performance.
* StarCrossedLovers: A nobleman's son and a former courtesan's daughter.
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: The new governor is despotic, lecherous and corrupt.