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


Presented and Distributed by

Cinema Service.

Co-Presented by CJ Entertainment

and Choongmooro Fund.

An Eagle Pictures Production

A Cineworld Production.

King and the Clown.

KARM Woo-sung.

JUNG Jin-young.

KANG Sung-yeon.

LEE Joon-gi.

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

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.

Produced by JUNG Jin-wan,

Directed by LEE Jun-ik.

When he was a child, his mother was ordered to commit suicide

by poison after falling victim to court machinations.

Her death left a lasting trauma on the future king's psyche.

No doubt, this trauma played a significant role in the

deformation of his character. On September 2, 1506, he

was dethroned violently after a revolt by the nobles.

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.

Oh, really!

Good Heavens!

Me thought it would be a

mere hop and a skip.

But t'was longer than a runny

trip to the outhouse!

Master gait, master bait,

either way strains the balls!

And now, a fornicating wench

running off upon being surprised.

'Tis thy own form, saucy wench.

I was expecting to see thee fall

and crack thy frame.

But not bad!

Indeed, gifted are my two legs,

but it is my third

that has true genius.

And thou shall see it

this night!

Master wants to see you.

Thy twin eggs, are they cracked yet,

or just in the crack?

Safely in the crack...

Plugging my bunghole!

But now,

I must drain my bladder.

I gotta pee before I continue!

Why, you dirty boor!

So then, let's try it

on for size!

Good idea! I shall oblige!

You promised us a meal!

We ain't squirrels!

Be thankful you

weren't thrown out!

Don't go, Gong-gil!

There are things you

shouldn't sell!

Let go. Move it!

What kind of life is that?

Mister f***in' Righteous, eh!

Stop it!

Let go! Let go!

Gong-gil wants to go,

so what's it to you?

Stop pimping off of Gong-gil.

You piece of sh*t!

Want us to starve to death?

Go f*** yourself,

and spare me your

high tone bullshit.

I won't let you!

Hey, it's a dog-eat-dog

world out there.

Just mind your own business.

You... you are...

Come on out.

Somebody help me!

Get up.

Let go.

OK, fine. Let's die together.

Get th-th-those bastards! Now!

Go after them!

Go after them!

You're only making it worse.

Let us go, please.

Grab them.

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