The King and the Clown

Synopsis: Soul mate minstrels Jang-sang and Gong-gil eke out a living in 14th century Korea through bawdy stories presented in a tightrope act; however, sexual interests of the rich over Gong-gil's androgynous looks impair their basic desire to entertain once too often. A line is crossed, an authority figure dies, and the pair must flee to Seoul. They soon take up with a trio of fellow minstrels and, lead by Jang-sang, present riskier shows that prove more lucrative; but, a scathing exhibition satirizing the king and his concubine puts them under arrest with a set date for execution. Forced to present themselves to the king for final judgment, they surprisingly wind up becoming his court performers, but the tyrannical king, though sensitive and intelligent, is also excessive and psychologically scarred, with the minstrel shows putting him uncomfortably in touch with buried issues over his dead mother (long ago forced to commit suicide by the court). This makes him dangerously unstable. The alarm
Genre: Drama, History
Director(s): Joon-ik Lee
Production: Pathfinder Home Entertainment
  11 wins & 14 nominations.
119 min

I beg you, let us go.

You piece of shit.

Shut your trap.

You shit!

Let go, you f*ck!

I'll make sure you

never walk again.


Give me your hand.

Will he be okay?

That dog deserves to die.

Ouch... ow...

Hey, watch where you're going!

Hey, watch where you're going!

Sprained your eyes, did ya?

Not my eyes, but my legs did

comin' o'er the hill.

Hey, you sound like

Kang the Blind!

And you stink like

Bong the Blind!

Well! Hail fellow, well met!

Let's see, am I over here,

and you over there?

No, I'm over here and

you over there.

No, I'm here and you are there?

I am here. You are there.

- Where? Where?

- Here. Here.

Let's go to Seoul.

And we'll put on a show

to end all shows!

Ouch, ow, ow...

What's the matter?

I haven't eaten in years.

My head is spinning

and can't see nothin' straight...

I can't do this no more.

- So it is.

- What do you say folks?

This cheeky fool says,

No pay, no play.

Shall we call it a day?

We're the best showmen in town,

just workin' for a livin'.

Thank you, sir,

thank you, thank you.

You expect money for

some crap like that?

Do you folks want to see

some real skill?

Show us what you got.

A cheap third-rate,

but still not

entirely without talent...

A country bumpkin

with ambition, I see...

I guess I could teach you

a thing or two.

Watch and learn, eh?


Talent like that

will get you far.

But, sorry to say, not with this

sophisticated audience.

Maybe you should retire.

Don't you agree?

This time it will be

a pair-jump.

Don't blink or you'll miss

the action, eh?

Howdy, I'm Six Dix.

He's Seven Ravin' and

that one's Eight Pate.

Say, where is the biggest

show spot in Seoul?

It's been a while

since there was one.

Why is that?

Don't tell me you don't know?

The King's cleared out

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