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Based on the real story of Shin Jae-Hyo and Chae-Sun.
In 1867, Shin Jae-Hyo (Ryoo Seung-Ryong) leads the Dongrijungsa which teaches pansori (traditional Korean musical storytelling). A young girl, Chae-Sun (Bae Suzy), who wants to perform pansori, appears in front of him. Chae-Sun has dreamed of performing pansori since she first heard Shin Jae-Hyo perform when she was little, but Shin Jae-Hyo turns her down because women are not allowed to perform pansori.
Chae-Sun then disguises herself as a man and enters the Dongrijungsa to learn pansori, but Shin Jae-Hyo doesn't accept her as his student. One day, he hears Daewongun (Kim Nam-Gil), the most powerful man in Joseon and the father of the King, is going to hold a national competition of pansori performers known as “Naksungyeon.”
Shin Jae-Hyo decides to teach Chae-Sun who has a true voice to perform “Chunhyangga.”
If anyone finds out that Chae-Sun is a woman, Shin Jae-Hyo and Chae-Sun will both face death.
- Korean title "Dorihwaga" refers to a particular song that is a danga. Danga are short song, sung to relieve the throat before singing a pansori (a traditional Korean musical storytelling performance).
- The danga "Dorihwaga" was written by pansori writer Shin Jae-Hyo (played by Ryoo Seung-Ryong in the movie) for his pupil Chae-Sun (played by Bae Suzy in the movie).
- Filming began September 10, 2014 & finished January 2, 2015 in Namwon, Jeollabuk Province, South Korea. Shooting locations include Andong, Hapcheon, Namwon, Buan, Suncheon, Buyeo, Suwon, Yongin, Namyangju and Seoul, South Korea.
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