The King and the Clown (2005)

The King and the Clown (2005)

Director Joon-ik Lee

Writer Seok-Hwan Choi, Tae-woong Kim (play)

Genre Drama, History, Thriller

Year 2005

Actors Woo-seong Kam, Jin-yeong Jeong, Seong-Yeon Kang, Joon-Gi Lee

IMDB : 7.5 (3,962 votes)


Description 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 alarmed nobles, wanting the minstrels gone, find support from the king's mistress after the king's infatuation turns from her to Gong-gil. Longevity definitely isn't what it once was, and Jang-sang feels they all ought to high-tail it while they can, but Gong-gil, though unwaveringly allegiant, feels differently.


  • Why? -N YN 2017-03-06 16:26:45
    I'm here, after watching Dbsk Kings men (parody)
  • Rozeane Suner 2016-12-28 03:10:55
  • EmTee 2016-10-13 03:15:44
    I didn;t know Lee Joon Ki existed before Moon Lovers to be honest -- He is one hell of an actor indeed
  • katie born 2016-09-29 01:19:08
    Who else is checking this out because of the Moon Lovers?
  • Yuuki Ashiya 2016-09-23 10:42:31
    definitely one of the most beautiful film ever made.. junki oppa was damn beautiful and i love every inch of him here. he nailed it being stunningly girly gay. everyone did a great job. the twisted personlity of the king and the braveness of gong gil's partner made the film so intense.
  • starsaint 2016-09-20 20:10:29
    You smutty, filthy clown! Genius. I'm stealing this line.
  • mccm4r 2016-08-30 15:25:05
    a must-watch Korean movie of all time ♡♡♡♡♡♡
  • Maryann Mathai 2015-12-29 17:08:51
    It's a good movie but the way it ended made me feel sad.
  • hioji_ kakao 2014-12-10 13:21:13
    i dont understand...junki so white!
  • thanhbuutran 2013-10-12 03:47:40
    This trailer is amazing, I want to see the HD version!! <3
  • Lielee 2013-02-19 11:32:04
    Junki is really pretty. I'm so jealous!

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