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The King and the Clown (2005)

Posted under Korean Movies by admin on Saturday 14 February 2009 at 14:06

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The movie that propelled Lee Joon Gi ( aka Lee Jun ki ) Into an Overnight Super Star

After which he Stared in Virgin Snow.

In Korea, 12.3 million people saw the film, and it grossed more than any Korean film before it – $85,000,000 Dlls.


Set in the early 16th century during the rein of Yeonsangun of Joseon , two street clowns and tightrope walkers, Jangsaeng Gam Wu-seong and Gonggil are part of an entertainer troupe. Their manager sells Gonggil’s body to the nobility, and Jangsaeng sickens of this practice. After killing their manager in defense, the pair flees to Seoul, where they form a new group of street performers.

Together the group comes up with a skit mocking some members of the Royal Court, including the king and his new Concubine.
After they are arrested for treason, Jangsaeng makes a deal with Choseon, who turns out to be one of the King’s servants, to either make the king laugh with their skit or to be killed. They perform their skit for the king, but the clowns are so scared they mess up. Gonggil and Jangsaeng barely save themselves with one last joke at the king, who laughs and then makes them part of his Court. The king falls for the effeminate Gonggil, whom he calls to his private chambers often for puppet shows. Jangsaeng becomes jealous of this time alone (though it is never explicitly stated that there is anything more than friendship between him and Gonggil – this topic of friendship/love has been much debated by film reviewers). Meanwhile, the King becomes more and more unstable and kills people as he watches plays with resemblances to his past, where his mother was publicly executed via poisoning. Jangsaeng asks Gonggil to leave with him and the gang at once before the King may kill them too out of his fits. Gonggil refuses, sympathizing with King Yeonsan.

Lee Joon Gi — Gonggil (effeminate clown)

Jeong Jin Yeong — King Yeonsan (10th King of Joseon Dynasty)

Kang Seong Yeon — Jang Noksu (Most favored Concubine of King Yeonsan)

Gam Woo Seong — Jangsaeng (best clown friend of Gonggil)


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Format Rmvb w/English Subs


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