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The King and the Clown (2005)


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Release Date: Dec 31, 2005 Wide



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South Korean director Lee Joon-ik's feature The King and the Clown has the double distinction of being the highest-grossing film in Korean history at the time of its release and one of the first Korean commercial films to deal openly and unabashedly with gay themes; it is regarded in many quarters as "the Korean Brokeback Mountain." Adapted from Kim Tae-Woong's play Yi, this period drama concerns two 16th century, Chosun Era clowns: the supremely self-assured Jang-seng (Kam Woo-seong) and


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As the film collapses to its messy, ridiculous conclusion I was left with a strong feeling of a lost opportunity, a potentially enlightening epic coated with enough schmaltz to make it almost camp.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
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A little disappointing.

September 6, 2006
Planet Sick-Boy

Audience Reviews for The King and the Clown

The mock of a jester and the descent of a kingdom to insanity, The King And The Clown is an odd fusion of romance, drama, and comedy with style and extravagance. Ruthless.
September 10, 2011
Jan Marc Macababayao

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I think this movie is way too overrated. And the storyline that is written over here explains 30% of it. I did liked the beginning but it gets boring afterward. None of the jokes made me laugh (it was too lame). But the acting was superb though. I thought Lee Jun Ki was a girl. Damn. Never seen a guy looked so girly without makeup.
January 26, 2011
Dead Angel

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Well, I don't understand how Korean people loves this movie really really much... I just don't totally understand with what Lee Jun-ik want... He made the story of ruthless king who doesn't look like a king because he is so childish... And the clown themselves, they're not that funny... Maybe I have a little laugh in the beginning, but the later I go, more worse that I get.. The story get boring, the king become totally ruthless, he kills every people who is stand in his way... And I thought the Lee Joon-ki factors maybe works for people, but I don't enjoy it...
January 28, 2010
Sanjaya 丘耀文

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The King and the Clown is overrated and I think this may have to do with the homosexuality part of the theme. I believe this film is banned in China because of this theme and the sexual language that appears.You will see the plot of "two clowns being arrested for mocking the King and having the chance to save their lives by making the King laugh" in many places. This is actually a little deceiving. This plot describes the first part of the film, but believe me there is more to this one than that. There is the theme of homosexuality seen here and although you will not see it said anywhere, it is definitely implied by the acting and the story. There are no sex scenes in case you are wondering.The first 2/3s of this 2 hour picture is slow. There isn't much going on except for the clowns putting on performances that bring out the hidden emotions of the King. The last 40 minutes is where you the learn the real reason for the clowns being there and this is where the story becomes dark and tragic.The 3 leads in this film put on good performances. Jun-gi Lee (Lee Joon-ki) is who everybody talks about. He plays one of the most feminist males that you will see in a film. Seriously, he is even more feminist than some women. It is this character that brings out the feminist side in the King.There really isn't much to this film unless you enjoy Asian historic dramas. The acting and the story will capture the hearts of dramatic fans.
September 22, 2008
JY Skacto

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