The king and the clown

The king and the clown

DVD - 2011 | Korean
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At the height of the 16th century Chosun Dynasty, two rural male actors, macho Jang-seng and feminine Gong-gil, travel to Seoul and team up with a struggling acting troupe. When their irreverent show, complete with bawdy humor and gender-bending, 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
Publisher: [United States] : Pathfinder Home Entertainment, 2011
Branch Call Number: DVD King
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (119 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Nov 04, 2015

Excellent timepiece. It is kind of reminiscent of Kurosawa's "Ran", however not as bloody. Superbly acted, great musical score, and lots of genuine comedy. You feel and sympathize for every character, even the main villain. Beautifully filmed, definitely check it out!

Sep 11, 2015

AKA Wang ŭi namja --

With lyrical English sub title. Bravo from start to finish. No wonder it was the highest grossing film in Korea when released in 2005:

The reviews from Amazon were well put:

kevfarley Jul 27, 2015

Berautifully produced, perfectly acted, mythicly conceived...

Shakespeare never wrote better !!

(7-27-15: 0 ; 7-28: 10 !, 7-30: 18)

FlightlessOwl Apr 07, 2014

This is one of Lee Joon Ki's (played Gong-gil) first films. since this came out he has done a lot more. ( check out "may 18" in the library)

My favorite is a show called iljimae. Like this, it is a time period peace, but Joon Ki plays a totally different character. It's like robin hood but with a lot more fighting acton a hidden secret. In it he os a troublemaker.

Please, if you liked him at all in this movie, check out iljimae. it easy enough to find on youtube. (don't forget to click the cc button in the corner of the screen)

I promise you wont regret it.

BxTennis Aug 16, 2012

OMG this movie took me on a journey and I loved it! My eyes were opened and then closed slightly to shed some wonderful tears. The Korean film industry is producing some movies that will forever be in my memory. If you could tell I loved it and would recommend.

May 13, 2012

Comical and interesting. I like the characters here. One might suspect some homosexuality in the feminine Gong-gil.


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Sep 11, 2015

The world's but a stage!
Kingly is he who struts
for a while, then exits in style!
Then together again,
we shall royally
this blessed earth roam!
Hee haw!
Hey, hey!
Am I here and you there?
No, I'm here
and you're there.
Oh, I'm there and you're here.
we're all here!
And there is neither you nor me.
Hi ho!
Hee haw!

Sep 11, 2015

Being blind, I thought
I'd never walk the rope again.
But this is something else!
Truth be told,
I have a knack for going blind.
Listen to this story.
After I saw my first show,
I was blind to
everything else.
what a high that was...
strutting on the stage,
rapping with a partner.
I could see nothing else!
when I came to Seoul,
the glitter of
money blinded me.
Then I came here...
to the palace...
And being blind,
I saw nothing.
Didn't see the murderous
thief stealing a heart.
well that's that.
Anyway, I see nothing
but an abyss now.
How sublime!
I should have gone
blind sooner!
You damn fool!
Is it really so good
to be blind!
Yeah, it is!
I love it, I really do!
My, my, there's a fool,
rash and proud!
A sightless fool who knows
not where he stands!

Sep 11, 2015

Opening street play:
To be up here,
away from the bustle,
My legs like wings would spread!
Ahoy! What is that flower
in full bloom I see yonder?
Dost thou not recognize
the one and only!
So it is! The one and only!
With rose petaled lips!
O friend,
beat thee thy leather while
I go pick the flower.
Hee haw!
My, my, there comes a fool,
rash and proud!
Never knew a fool
who knew his place!
Ho! A tongue most untamed!
Master of this house am I,
come to bait thee!
A gallows-hung scoundrel is
what I see.
With an ill-fitting coat
to hide his sores!
Oh thorny Rose,
is thy Iris closed for me?
Open them, and see as
I walk the Master's gait.
Good Heavens!
Me thought it would be a
mere hop and a skip.
But t'was longer than a runny
trip to the outhouse!

Sep 11, 2015

Wonderful prose (English subtitle) right from the beginning:

Korea's Chosun Dynasty, founded at the end of the 14th century, lasted until the beginning of the 20th. Lasting over 500 years, its uniqueness under the reign of 27 kings still remains unmatched in the annals of word history. To each King were assigned several Royal Secretaries whose function was to keep a diary on behalf of the King. Upon the King's passing, Court Historians edited these exhaustive records for posterity, including succeeding Kings. The massive collection of these edited diaries, called "The Royal Records of the Chosun Dynasty" has survived intact, The King of this story, the Records show, was singularly tyrannical: No king before or after him shared his excesses. Nonetheless, the Records also give us a portrait of him as a man of great sensitivity and intelligence.


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