A Pansori opera singer in the 1930s (Myung-Gon Kim) tries to pass on his talents to his children. Older sister (Jung-Hae Oh) and younger brother (Kyu-Cheol Kim) both grow up to be singers in respect of their father’s wishes, but by then times have changed, and Pansori opera is no longer the career that it used to be. The younger brother is disappointed by the lack of interest in Pansori and the harsh discipline required, thus quits and runs away from home. Fearing that his other child may also quit Pansori, the father blinds his daughter- as a result; she throws herself wholly into the sound and becomes a Pansori opera singer of unparalleled class. After time passes, the brother sets out in search of his sister, and finds her at a lonely alehouse in the countryside. The two stay up through the night using Pansori opera as a means to communicate their stories.
Not only did this film deal with the impressive theme of Pansori opera, one of Korea’s greatest traditional art forms, but the beautiful cinematography also earned it much critical praise. It swept film awards in 1993, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best New Actress, and Best New Actor. It was also selected for the Best Picture and Best Actress awards in the 1st Shanghai International Film Festival.