The King and the Clown

The King and the Clown (2005)

I was expecting to see thee fall and crack thy frame. But not bad. – Gong-gil

The King and the Clown

Drama Profile:
  • Title: The King and the Clown
  • Relesed Date: December 29, 2005
  • Genre: Historical Drama Film
  • Notes: It was adapted from the 2000 stage play, Yi (“You”) about Yeonsangun of Joseon, a Joseon dynasty king and a court clown who mocks him.
  • Directed by: Lee Joon Ik (Once Upon A Time In A Battlefield)
  • Main Cast: Kam Woo-sung (A Bold Family), Lee Joon-gi (My Girl), and Jung Jin-young (Chulsoo & Younghee)
  • Synopsis: At the height of the 16th-century Chosun Dynasty, a pair of rural male actors – boisterous, macho Jang Seng and quiet, feminine Gong Gil – travels 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 humour 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. (Source : MyDramaList)
K-drama Feels:
  • The movie is a fine portrayal of love, friendship and betrayal.
  • The plot was interesting. The story touched my heart in so many ways.
  • I enjoyed watching the overprotective friendship between Gong-gil and Captain.
  • Favorite scene: When Gong Gil and Captain act out as two blind beggars and end up hugging on a hill top.
  • Lee Joon-Gi’s performance was simply breathtaking. I think he did a superb job of portraying his role. He was convincing in his role as a sensitive, feminine young man who without his intention captures the attention of men. He proves in this movie that he is after all an actor and not just a great looker. 
  • It was an interesting experience, and I had my share of sadness and laughter. I don’t regret watching this.


My Rating – 8.0/10 – (LJG proves in this movie that he is a great actor.)


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