Sunday, June 8, 2008

The King and the Clown (왕의남자, Wang-ui namja-2005)

the king and the clown

Woo-seong Kam - Jang-sang
Jin-yeong Jeong - King Yeonsan
Seong-Yeon Kang - Nok-su Jang (as Sung-Yeon Kang)
Jun-gi Lee - Gong-gil
Hang-Seon Jang - Cheo-sun
Hae-jin Yu - Yuk-gab
Seok-yong Jeong - Chil-duk
Seung-hun Lee - Pal-bok

At the height of the 16th-century Chosun Dynasty, a pair of rural male actors—boisterous, macho Jang-seng and quiet, feminine Gong-gil—travel to Seoul and team up with a struggling acting troupe. When their irreverent show—complete with enough bawdy humor and gender-bending to make a contemporary audience blush—mocks the famously hedonistic king, they get more than they bargained for. After being promptly arrested, they’re given a chance to spare themselves if they can make the king laugh. To everyone’s surprise, the ecstatic monarch loves the show and names the actors official court jesters, giving them more extravagant food and shelter than they’d ever imagined. But the king’s attentiveness to Gong-gil makes it quickly apparent that humor isn’t the only thing motivating his generosity. The king’s mistress, the country’s ministers and Jang-seng soon grow suspicious, and jealousy and anger spring from all sides.

This was a most interesting movie. The vibrant colors, the scenery, the acting, the script.....WOW! I can so totally see why this movie was the most grossing Korean movie of all time!! Bravo!

Lee Jun Ki is amazing as an effeminate man. My husband walked by and I had to tell him that it wasn't a woman. He was stunned. I think in a previous post I mentioned that Jun-ki could have been a woman because he is that pretty. But dang if he isn't also good-looking as a man too!

I can't think of anything bad to say about this movie. The movie moved rather nicely. Their wasn't any holes that were left for you to wonder. The ending didn't leave me clueless or pissed or even crying. It just ended. LOL!

Definitely a top grade movie that should be on anyone's Korean must-see collection!! Woo-hoo!

Lee Jun Ki
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