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DVD Night: The King and the clown

February 10, 2007

Last night, I watch the extended-cut The King and the Clown (2005), a Koren period movie.

IMDB Plot Outline
Two clowns living in the 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.

In its original title, “Wang-ui namja”, it means “King’s man”. One clown (Gong-gil) is more feminine and the other (Jang-sang) is more masculine, who is always a protector of Gong-gil. Gong-gil is often forced to accompany the wealthy noblemen by others, and Jang-sang tries to prevent this happening.

This movie has prompted lots of debates over whether two leads are gay (no obvious scene shown in the movie).

The poster is here. From the left, Jang-sang, the King (tyrant), and Gong-gil
The actor who played Gong-gil does look feminine,and becomes popular among Japanese women.

PS: Many Korean actors are so popular in Japan that the Japanese companies use their images in the commercials.

As for the movie, I think it’s all right to me. Rated it as 7 out of 10. However, I can’t understand some jokes in the movie, so …

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