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The King and the Clown (2005)

Wang-ui namja (original title)
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Two clowns living in Korea's Chosun Dynasty get arrested for staging a play that satirizes the king. They are dragged to the palace and threatened with execution but are given a chance to save their lives if they can make the king laugh.

Director:

Joon-ik Lee

Writers:

Seok-Hwan Choi, Tae-woong Kim (play)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Woo-seong Kam ... Jang-sang
Jin-young Jung ... King Yeonsan (as Jin-yeong Jeong)
Seong-Yeon Kang Seong-Yeon Kang ... Nok-su Jang (as Sung-Yeon Kang)
Joon-Gi Lee ... Gong-gil (as Jun-ki Lee)
Hang-Seon Jang Hang-Seon Jang ... Cheo-sun
Hae-Jin Yoo ... Yuk-gab (as Hae-jin Yoo)
Seok-yong Jeong Seok-yong Jeong ... Chil-duk
Seung-Hun Lee Seung-Hun Lee ... Pal-bok
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Young-Suck Lee Young-Suck Lee ... Nobleman
Hyeon Woo Hyeon Woo ... Hong
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Storyline

Soul mate minstrels Jang-sang and Gong-gil eke out a living in 14th century Korea through bawdy stories presented in a tightrope act; however, sexual interests of the rich over Gong-gil's androgynous looks impair their basic desire to entertain once too often. A line is crossed, an authority figure dies, and the pair must flee to Seoul. They soon take up with a trio of fellow minstrels and, lead by Jang-sang, present riskier shows that prove more lucrative; but, a scathing exhibition satirizing the king and his concubine puts them under arrest with a set date for execution. Forced to present themselves to the king for final judgment, they surprisingly wind up becoming his court performers, but the tyrannical king, though sensitive and intelligent, is also excessive and psychologically scarred, with the minstrel shows putting him uncomfortably in touch with buried issues over his dead mother (long ago forced to commit suicide by the court). This makes him dangerously unstable. The ... Written by statmanjeff

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Forbidden desire, sumptuous tragedy

Genres:

Drama | History

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [South Korea]

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

29 December 2005 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

The King and the Clown See more »

Filming Locations:

Seoul, South Korea See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$74,539,870
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Based on a Kim Tae-Woong's play of the "Yi". See more »

Goofs

In the on-screen translation, opening titles call out Korea's 500-years-plus Chosun Dynasty as being unmatched in the annals of "word" history, rather than "world" history. See more »

Quotes

[From subtitles]
Gong-gil: [atop a tightrope] To be up here, away from the bustle, my legs like wings would spread.
Jang-sang: [from below] Ahoy! What is that flower in full bloom I see yonder?
Street musician: Dost thou not recognize the one and only?
Jang-sang: So it is! The one and only! With rose petal'd lips. O Friend, beat thee thy leather while I go pick the flower.
Gong-gil: [watching Jang-sang ascend the tightrope] My, my, there comes a fool, rash and proud! Never knew a fool who knew his place!
Jang-sang: Ho! A tongue most untamed! Master of this house am I...
[...]
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A beautiful and moving film that everyone should see
19 June 2006 | by roobes-1See all my reviews

This is an amazing film, it has everything in it, the visuals are beautiful, the soundtrack fits the film perfectly and the acting is amazing! i was so struck by this film and it was so emotionally charged it brought tears to my eyes. This film has no big name actors but it's appeal is it's simple universal storyline, the subtle yet powerful relationship between Gong-gil and Jaeng-sang. Even though this film has no big name actors in it, watch out for Lee jun ki who is amazing in this film he was partly the reason this film did so well, you will love him after watching this film ^^

don't be scared off by the homosexual theme, there are no sex scenes and all the homosexuality is implied.

all in all I CANNOT RECOMMEND THIS FILM ENOUGH!


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