Sign in with Facebook Other Sign in options. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet! I knew this movie was extremely popular in South Korea, but I never had a chance to watch it until today. And I am very glad to report that it exceeded my already high expectations.
Not so many excellent movies draw my full attention from the beginning; they tend to pull me in toward the climax. With this movie, I found myself completely immersed after the first few minutes. Although the theme of love, jealousy, and politics are commonplace except the subtle homosexuality which I don't believe plays too much role in this moviedirector Jun-Ik Lee magnificently put together the beautiful Joseon dynasty Korea, euphonious dialogs, and some great acting.
It made sense why the movie was so popular and why many people have seen it more than once. It is a multifaceted masterpiece which can appeal to multifarious crowds: I believe the dialogs are straightforward enough to be translated well into English, but non-Korean audiences may lose some great rhymes and subtlety - especially those of the clowns as their dialogs are downright colloquial and hilarious.
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It deals with corruption in the high court, the art of entertainment and survival. Although the script, cinematography and etc. Jeong Jin-Yeoung plays the slightly deranged tyrannical King, scarred from his mother's early suicide forced upon by his court ministers, who later becomes obsessed with one his new entertainers, Gong-gil Lee Jun Ki. Kam Woo-Seong, who plays Jangseng, the leader of the troop, managed to win a DaeJong award equivalent to an Oscar for his role, while Lee Jun Ki, for his brilliant acting that tears to his audiences, as well as his beauty that surpasses most girls, became an instant and extremely popular success.
I highly recommend watching this film. The end brings the audiences heart-rending tears, and empty wallets from watching it about 20 times. Unlike many successful Korean films, it stays away from patriotism, excessive special effects, and story lines that are far from the country's true identity.
It truly represents the Golden Age of film to the likes of what Kurosawa and Mizoguchi meant for Japanese and world of cinema.
Simply it is the most truthful, unpretentious exhibition that Korea has made to the world about what the country is truly about. Distant from the present and free
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These are the people who know the traditional dances, music, games, and embody the spirit of traditional Korean culture before the massive overtake of Americanization. This film is as educational to contemporary Korean generation as to the rest of the world because it is a tradition that is almost completely lost. This film was a huge hit in Korea despite the blatant nature of homosexuality as one of the elements of the story. This is achieved because breaking the taboo is not the focus of the film.
The audience is made to focus on the hardship of low class, social differences, and the psychological world of the characters, regardless of their class or sexual orientation. The film treats all characters as just "people. Despite his tyranny, he is represented as a broken soul who is a product of the brutal politics of the court's high class figures.
This film is a definite must see for all art film lovers. Nice stract 28 July Trust South Korea to produce nice tragedies again and again. First it was "Friend", then "Joint Security Area",
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However, that does not in any way dilutes the affections we see between the two male friends, which are incredibly genuine. It is this genuine affection that makes this such a touching show to watch.
Also, this is not just romance; this has elements of a thriller and social commentary interwoven within the plot. And all these roll out just nicely and rightly paced. No wonder it becomes one of the biggest selling movies in Korea, despite its Wang ui namja online dating production cost.
I agree with every comment user "ngc" said in their review. But would like to ad a bit of a Western view of this film. This film has done remarkably well in Korea despite the taboo nature of the film. I though do feel that a lot of Koreans have not really grasped the full intent of this film. Homosexuality has only recently gained some acceptance in South Korean society, with its strict Confucian traditions and strong Catholic Church.
In Aprilthe government removed homosexuality from a list of "socially unacceptable sexual acts. This film's main plot line is about two men who are deeply love each other passionately, not fraternally but do not know how to express it outwardly to each other, so they stay content on their friendship.
The leader of the pack of jesters, Jang-sang, is desperately in love with Gong-gil. The troupe heads to Seoul to be the best pack of jesters in Korea.
They soon land upon the stage of King Yeonsan who is amused by their performance which portrayed the likeness of the king in a negative manner. The king falls is infatuated with the very effeminate Gong-gil by the way, in Western eyes, Korean men may seem effeminate, but that is not the case, they are just very comfortable with their sexuality and do not feel it necessary to put on a macho front as Westerners sometimes do.
The King "Wang ui namja online dating" Gong-gil engage in what one would consider an affair, although it was not a concealed one, very public in fact.
This of course enrages the queen and she sets out to destroy Gong-gil and the troupe. You can see the worry and that remaining spark of love in Jang-sang's eyes as he sees the love of his life drifting away.
And the eyes have it as one looses his sight; then the other comes back to seal their timely death, together. I have read a set of omnibus collections at the Seoul National University Library on the history of the Korean Dynasties. King Yeonsan has the shortest entry of any king in the history of these Dynasties. He was a selfless man who did not do for his people, but did for for him.
The King harbors mixed feelings of love and hatred towards his late father King Seonjong for killing his mother as a result of rivalry among his concubines. He also killed members of his ministry for publicly detesting his lack of ruling for the people. I hope that this write up does not offend either a Korean or a Westerner, but this is the way I looked at this film from my Western eyes and felt with my Eastern heart. This is the first user comment I ever submitted to IMDb.
King and the Clown was South Korea's best selling film ofhaving sold more than 12 million tickets over a span of 7 weeks. But after watching it, it's difficult to fathom the craze, nor about the New York Times hype that it "may be the equivalent of 'Brokeback Mountain'".
Not that it is a bad movie, it is actually entertaining and tells an intriguing story in the courts of the Korean emperor. Perhaps anything to do with the gay theme will suffer inevitably comparisons to Lee Ang's acclaimed Brokeback Mountain. But somehow, the way this film developed, I saw it in a different light - a story between two male best friends, even though one of them might look and behave more effeminately than even some girls do. Instead of jumping to the straight conclusion that both the protagonists are gay, why can't it be a platonic relationship, and that the more effeminate one had chosen what he had to Wang ui namja online dating, i.
Literally capitalizing on his looks, to bring back the dough. Sure his friend might not like the idea, and it could be interpreted as either being jealous as a loveror disapproving as a friend. Then again, because of culture, this movie might have decided to be more subtle about the theme. Ambiguous to say the least, but it makes for interesting debate if you watch this with a friend.
Two friends, Jang-seng Kam Woo-sung and Gong-gil Lee Joon-kiare impoverished street performers who dream of having their entertaining performances reap rewards they should be getting. They come up with a wildly popular and bawdy performance poking fun at the emperor and his consort, and it's not long before they get arrested, only to have Jang-seng proposition a dare, that if the King doesn't laugh at their skit, they be put to death.
As fate would have it, their jittery performance brought on a favourable response from the tyrannical King Jung Jin-young. Having now become official court jesters, their subsequent plays, whose content they obtain from coffee-shop talk of those days, about the royal family and other court scandals, serve as suggestive fuel for the King to break free from his constrictive shackles, Wang ui namja online dating take some serious action according to his whims.
But dictator attitudes aside, he casts a lustful eye at Gong-gil, and turns almost childlike when in his presence, in private. The most powerful man in the kingdom, reduced to a vulnerable kid in the presence of a lowly minstrel. What ensues is an interesting
Wang ui namja online dating at the relationship dynamics amongst the three men, and with the people around them. Set during the Chosun Dynasty, King the Clown has some of the most gorgeous sets bringing to life an era long gone, and beautiful costumes that drown the movie in a myriad of colours.
The songs are also fairly pleasing to the ears, and the skits, I believe, are likely to be many times more enjoyable if you understand Korean, instead of having to rely on subtitles.
The movie also makes discreet jibes at those in power, and their ability, or inability, to accept satires about themselves. It is always easy for men in power to dismiss harshly the satires and their creators, but it takes a lot more to be able to look past the comic and understand the issues made fun of.
There are brief scenes at courtroom politicking and on corruption, but these scenes are too short to leave any lasting impression or distract the audience. The cast is a delight to watch as they carry their roles with aplomb. All in all, King and the Clown is a story of friendship, how good friends fend for each other, how, despite shortcomings and misunderstandings, the best medicine is always laughter, and it's the strength of the bonds between men that can ultimately stand up against fear and overcome any adversary.
If only the opening didn't spoil the entire movie. When I first heard that the movie King and the Clown was being made, I thought Wang ui namja online dating it wouldn't be very interesting. But it was so good.
Directed by Lee Joon Ik a quite well known director in our country,though not in overseas ,King and the Clown tells about a love story between two courters and Wang ui namja online dating triangular relationship between them and the king.
I liked Brokeback Mountain,but not it was too explicit And the choreography,costumes etc were so beautifully made with a low budget around 4.
Finally I see a well made Korean movie that was very interesting even without any star actors.