Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The King and the Clown

2005 South Korean Feature
Alternate Titles: Wang-ui namja / The King's Man / The King's Men / King and His Men / The Royal Jester

Cast: Woo-seong Kam, Jin-yeong Jeong, Jun-ki Lee, Sung-Yeon Kang, Hae-jin Yu and Hang-Seon Jang
Director: Joon-ik Lee
Writer: Seok-Hwan Choi, based on the play Yi (You) by Tae-woong Kim

During the Chosun Dynasty, two street clowns 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.



  • DVD: Available


  • Grand Bell Awards for Best Film, Director, Actor (Woo-seong), Supporting Actor (Hae-jin), New Actor (Jun-ki), Screenplay and Cinematography.

  • Based on Tae-woong Kim's play Yi, which was based on a small passage from the Annals of the Joseon Dynasty that briefly mentions the king's favorite clown, Gong-gil. First staged in 2000, the play won nurmerous awards.
  • South Korea's official submission for the 2006 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
  • In 2006, became the highest grossing Korean film to date at that time, selling over 12 million tickets.

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