Hwang Jin Yi (황진이) is a 2007 South Korean biographical romantic drama film directed by Jang Yoon-hyeon. It is based on the life of Joseon-era kisaeng Hwang Jin-i, starring Song Hye-kyo in the title role.
The story follows Hwang Jin Yi, a gisaeng who lived in 16th century Korea. Hwang Jin-Yi was a beautiful, talented and intelligent young woman who was able to read and write well, but even she was an illegitimate child, she had no other recourse but to become a gisaeng where she used her position to gain favor with the noble classes.
Set in the 16th century, Hwang Jin-Yi (Song Hye-Kyo) was born into a noble family, but when secrets of her birth are revealed she voluntarily chooses to work as a class of female entertainers known as gisaeng. Later, Hwang Jin-Yi becomes heartbroken as she is torn between her lover Nomi (Yoo Ji-Tae) and powerful government official Hee-Yeol (Ryoo Seung-Ryong).
Hwang Jin Yi, a famous 16th century Gisaeng, is the most legendary courtesan of the Joseon Dynasty. She was noted for her exceptional beauty, charming quick-wit and extraordinary intellect. The movie sheds new light on the life of Hwang Jin Yi, who made her art blossom even when her love was put to test. It also depicts the tragic life of Hwang who faces hardship due to her social status.
Who is ?
Hwang Jin-i (Hangul: 황진이; c. 1506 ? c. 1560), also known by her gisaeng name Myeongwol (literally "bright moon", 명월), was one of the most famous gisaeng of the Joseon Dynasty. She lived during the reign of King Jungjong. She was noted for her exceptional beauty, charming quick wit, extraordinary intellect, and her assertive and independent nature. She has become an almost myth-like figure in modern Korea, inspiring novels, operas, films, and television series.
In the late 20th century, Hwang Jin-i's story began to attract attention from both sides of the Korean divide and feature in a variety of novels, operas, films and television series. Novelizations of her life include a 2002 treatment by North Korean writer Hong Sok-chung (which became the first North Korean novel to win an award in the South) and a 2004 bestseller by South Korean writer Jeon Gyeong-rin. In late 2006, KBS released a TV series entitled Hwang Jin-i starring Ha Ji-won in the title role. A film starring Song Hye Kyo was released on June 6, 2007.