The King And The Clown It’s a 2005 South Korea film, adapted from the 2000 Korean play titled “Yi“ (“尔”about Yeonsanqun of Joseon). It’s the highest grossing (over $85,000,000 in domestic receipts) Korea film in history with over 12 million viewers.
The original Korean title of this film is "The King's Man", which references much more directly the erotic current underlying this film. And indeed it is Lee Joon-ki as the King's man who is credited with enabling this film to sell 10 million tickets.
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-- Lee has become a perfect example of a film creating its own star power.
The movie also has made the 23-year-old actor an overnight hit. Fans of both sexes are crazy for “the beauty beyond gender”.
His graceful portrayal and his girlish looks sparked trend towards “feminine man” and flower boy in South Korea.
Jangsaeng（长生）, played by Gam Woo-sung (甘宇成).
Konggil（孔吉）, portrayed by Lee Joonki (李俊基).
In contrast to his later relationship with the insane King Yonsan（燕山君）, romantic feelings between Konggil and Jangseung are strongly implied, but never stated explicitly.
After the two arrive in the capital Hanyang (we call “Seoul” today), the entrepreneurial Jangseung hits upon the idea of performing a skit that satirizes the king and his famous concubine Noksu.
Yet it's also notable that a society which is commonly believed to be strongly homophobic has so embraced a film that -- let's face it -- contains a highly charged if largely implied homoerotic tone. Aesthetics or appearance can sometimes write over prejudicial, ideological attitudes.
Like the risky tightrope dancing performed by Jang-saeng and Gong-gil, this movie successfully walks the tightrope between jest and pathos, as well as between the hunger for power and the hunger for love. The complicated love relationship that occurs between Jang-saeng, Gong-il and King Yeonsan goes beyond being a “special” homosexual love and reaches the viewers as a “universal” concept of sad love.
It is true that the phrase, “theatrical” has been used in a negative sense meaning “unrealistically exaggerated,” but “The King and the Clown” completely twists around the meaning of this phrase. This film is very “theatrical” in the sense that it has an absorption force so strong there is no time to question its reality.