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A Frozen Flower (2008)

Ssang-hwa-jeom (original title)
A historical drama set in the Koryo dynasty and focused on the relationship between a king and his bodyguard.

Director:

Ha Yoo (as Ha Yu)

Writer:

Ha Yoo (screenplay) (as Ha Yu)
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Cast

Credited cast:
In-sung Jo ... Hong-rim (as In-seong Jo)
Jin-mo Ju ... King
Ji-Hyo Song ... Queen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yong-gu Do Yong-gu Do
Jong-hyeon Hong Jong-hyeon Hong ... King's man #1
Min Ji-Hyun Min Ji-Hyun ... Concubine (as Ji-hyeon Min)
In-beom Ko In-beom Ko ... Yeon Ki-mok
Tae-won Kwon Tae-won Kwon ... Jo Il-moon
Se-Rang Lee Se-Rang Lee
Ju-hwan Lim Ju-hwan Lim ... Han-baek
Ji-hyeok Min Ji-hyeok Min
Min-woo No Min-woo No ... Min-wu (as Min-wu Noh)
Lee Poong-Yoon Lee Poong-Yoon ... King (young)
Yeong-ju Seo Yeong-ju Seo ... Han-baek (young) (as Young-ju Seo)
Ji-ho Shim ... Seung-gi
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Storyline

The King (Joo Jin-mo) of Goryeo is married to a Yuan Dynasty princess (Song Ji-hyo), but they do not have any children. There is constant pressure on the king both from the Yuan emperor and his own counselors to produce a crown prince and ensure the continuity of the royal dynasty. The king's palace guard is composed of thirty six young soldiers, led by military commander Hong-rim (Jo In-sung), who is also the king's lover. The king finally decides to charge him with a strange commission: copulate the queen and beget a child. Hong-rim and the queen are uncomfortable accepting the royal order first, but they finally comply. However, their relationship does not stop at procreation, but genuinely true and intense romance soon blossoms between the two, and in this strong and close intimate relationship there is no place for the king. Written by lament

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Drama | History | Romance

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

30 December 2008 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

A Frozen Flower See more »

Filming Locations:

South Korea

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

King's minister 1: [from subtitle]
[During the feast in order to praying for Queen's pregnancy]
King's minister 1: Perhaps we shouldn't held this feast. what if the queen really bears a child?
King's minister 2: If such feasts have worked, there would been already an heir. Look at those concubines.
[He points towards three King's concubines who sat far away]
King's minister 2: even Buddha's grace won't get them an heir.
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Love Triangle
3 October 2018 | by foutainoflifeSee all my reviews

In this story, we have a gay king, in love with his chief bodyguard, who needs to produce an heir with his queen. Unable to perform with a woman, he commands his lover bodyguard to do the deed in his stead. While initially this is met with resistance, the bodyguard obeys the king's command with unforeseen consequences.

This ended up being a great movie. It is well written, acted and filmed. The costuming, as well as the settings, are vibrant and ornate creating significant visual appeal. The characters are passionate and sincere. Even the music plays a part in pulling you into an experience.

I enjoyed this far more than I expected to and I love films that can surprise me like this.


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