Wang-ui namja (2005)

 


 

Two clowns living in the Chosun Dynasty get arrested for staging a play that satirizes the king. They are dragged to the palace and threatened with execution, but are given a chance to save their lives if they can make the king laugh.

Genre: Drama,History,Thriller

Wang-ui namja (2005)
   
Release Date: 29 December 2005 (South Korea)
Country: South Korea
Director: Jun-ik Lee
Cast:
  • Woo-seong Kam
  • Jin-yeong Jeong
  • Seong-Yeon Kang
  • Jun-ki Lee
  • Hang-Seon Jang
  • Hae-jin Yu
  • Seok-yong Jeong
  • Seung-hun Lee


33 Responses to Wang-ui namja (2005)

  1. souporsalad
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    what’s the name of the actress that plays the queen? is she the same actress in "marrying the mafia" and "spy girl"? she’s hot!

    Sopranos: Making of Cleaver:

    http://www.ifilm.com/video/2845176

  2. AlfNet
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    Oh boy! Oh boy! This film is made of Drama Llama! That’s all I felt about it. Too much over the top drama.

    Had this been done in the US it would have a so certain 5.0! The 7.7 is really unbelievable. :(

  3. Rehoboth
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    I really enjoyed this movie, and am fairly new to Korean cinema, what Korean movies can people reccomend?

    Last Movie seen: A Sound of Thunder 6/10.

    I have an eternal hope.

  4. nsc1007
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    I dont see the two main characters as homosexuals. Gong-gil talks and acts feminantly, and is therefore able to attract the all the guys and the king. He has feminant values, but is not necessarily homosexual. Being raised in korea in my early years, it wasnt too uncommon to see feminant boys. Unlike in western cultures, Homosexuality was such a distant concept for koreans that feminant behaviors didnt lead anyone suspecting that they would be gay.

    I think we can all agree that Gong Gil didn’t enjoy sleeping with any of the men he slept with. Given the feminant (not homosexual) values of Gong-gil, he wasnt resistant enough to resist the higher-ranked superiors, and also he was willing to sacrifice himself for the group.

    I see some people see Jang-Seng also as a homosexual. I saw him more as a father/older brother figure. I believe he hated Gong-gil being screwed by other men because he thought that was morally wrong and because that was a terrible humilitiation of Gong-gil, not because he was jealous of other men screwing him.

    I think these two love each other as friends, not as lovers. I would like to know what other people think about this.

    I read some people talking about the honeymoon scene in the director’s cut, I dont really know what that is, but I feel like that scene might prove me wrong.

  5. pacific_rim_lady
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    I read somewhere that the film was originally released without the kissing scene but that it was added in later. Can anyone fill in the details and timeline on this?

  6. bmelanie
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    Haven’t noticed this question on the board yet so just thought I’d ask, lol.

    My fave scene is where Jang-Saeng and Gong-gil have just arrived at Han-yang (Chosun dynasty name for Seoul) and Jang-Saeng is imitating the sexy sashay of pretty women walking on the street. That just totally cracked me up, it was sooo adorable and funny!

  7. XxPierrotxX
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    "Nooo, Lee Jun Ki, don’t give up! You’ll totally find someone who loves your asexuality and who won’t try to pimp you off to dirty old men! D: D:!"

    But yeah.

    So someone should tell me about this ‘honeymoon scene’ I keep hearing about.

    I have the lame, not-box-set edition.

    So I’m missing out.

    And yeah. I actually have a few questions.

    1] Okay, the king was *beep* *beep* CRAZY, right? And everyone knew that… so why did Jang-saeng get all hurt when he realized the king was calling for Gong-gil, even if he knew Gong-gil wasn’t pimping himself out to the king?

    2] Why did the king murder the two court ladies after the play — other than he’s insane? They didn’t look old enough to have been part of the plot to kill off his mother.

    Yeeeah.

    _______________

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  8. Essy_Yun
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    Hey, Im one of the actors fans in this movie, but I really cant stand any kind of violence. can anyone tell me about the violence int his movie? thank you ^ ^

  9. hatthecow
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    please don’t tell me I’m the only person on earth who thought this movie jumped a shark about 3/4 of the way in

  10. shooting_pluto
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    Does anyone know if The King and the clown will ever be getting a US release?

  11. Daze19
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    Ya ok.. I admit, I’ve yet to watch The King and the Clown as I am waiting for the Director’s Cut for this. But after reading reviews and forums, I found the story, similiar to Farewell To My Concubine.. which has ‘gay themes’ but the audience were never really told whether characters were gay or not (not that it matters). Any thoughts?

  12. masaty
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    Hi, I saw this movie today as part of my University’s Korean Wave Film series, and I really, really loved it. I just have two quick questions.

    1) I read that a well-known, highly respected Korean philosopher agreed to translate the film, capturing the beauty of the Korean in Shakespearean English. That was definitely the translation I watched, it was a really great translation, even though some random lines were missing.

    Anyway, I know there’s a Korean release I think with English subtitles, and an American release with English subtitles. Do all of these version have the same subtitle job? Is the US release the one with the great translation and Elizabethan Era english sentences? Because I felt that really captured the spirit of the original Korean really well.

    2) Does anyone know where I can buy posters of the film? I tried Googling, not very good results.

    Thanks!

  13. vure999
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    Everytime I watch this movie I am touched again by the acting and the marvellous depth of emotion and empathey between the members of the cast.

    The cast transcended their profession an grasped the true essence not only of acting but of touching the message within every human soul. The marvellous shakespearean dialogue coupled with the spellbinding music, rich colours and deep tragic themes all combined to weave an inescapable glamour into the movie.

    I strongly recommend its viewing to everyone who is seeking a meaningful and heartfelt rendition of the meaning of life’s little and big joys.

    Oh and btw — anyone know whats different in the directors cut?

    thanks

  14. Ethe
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    I finished the movie (and absolutely adored it), but I have a couple of questions that I’m still puzzling over.

    1) Symbolic significance of the tightrope? It features quite prominently in the film, such as in the performance at the beginning, as well as in the last scene. Gong-gil is also extremely upset when Jang-saeng tries to cut down the tightrope as they’re leaving.

    2) Why did Gong-gil attempt to stop Jang-saeng with the sword?

    3) I think this has been mentioned somewhere before, but Jang-saeng’s lack of understanding of Gong-gil (how he thought Gong-gil had never planned to leave the palace), seems to strange as the strength of their friendship and devotion to each other should indicate that they understand each other well…

  15. gabriel_knight-1
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    what are the differences between the cuts?

    which is longer? are the changes big?

    i haven’t seen any yet so no spoilers please. :)

    is there a less-gay/more-gay version? lol

  16. nslan
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    Running from August 21st to September 2nd, the New York Korean Film Festival (NYKFF) is the premiere venue for Korean cinema in the United States, and the event through which dozens of Korean blockbusters have made their North American premieres. Organized by The Korea Society, this year’s Festival is proudly sponsored by Helio and the Korean Film Council.

    *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

    King and the Clown will be shown twice this year as part of the New York Korean Film Festival:

    Saturday, August 25, 2007 at 7:00pm – Cinema Village (Manhattan)

    Friday, August 31, 2007 at 9:30 PM – BAM Rose Cinemas (Brooklyn)

    As part of our activity, the KatC Unofficial Fansite will be hosting raffles during the showings of King and the Clown at the NY Korean Film Festival 2007! Come on out, and enter to win a prize!

    For more information, please go to http://www.king-and-the-clown.com/katc_NYKFF_Raffle.htm

    – The Management

    http://www.king-and-the-clown.com

    [email protected]

  17. nslan
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    Hi,

    If you live in or near New York City, we have an opportunity to offer discount tickets to see KING AND THE CLOWN at the 30th Annual NY Asian American International Film Festival!

    Through the generosity of the AAIFF organizers, we’re offering discount tickets for $8 to their showing.

    The screening will be held on Wednesday, July 25 at 9:15pm, at The Asia Society, 725 Park Ave at 70th in Manhattan.

    To reserve tickets, go to the KatC Fansite at http://www.king-and-the-clown.com and click on the AAIFF icon on the left. You’ll find instructions on how to get the tickets.

    Look forward to seeing you there!!!

    – The Management

    http://www.king-and-the-clown.com

    [email protected]

  18. lezmitzi
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    where can I buy this movie???

  19. noob_powa1
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    I don’t get it, in the movie Gong-gil obviously looks like a woman but he/she is referred as "he" wtf? is the king gay or what?

  20. jet0121
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    I was amazed at how beautiful Gong Gil was. I still can’t get over it. He was absolutely breathtaking.

  21. reiyi
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    What happened to the mistrels at the end?

    In the 2nd last scene where Jang-sang and Gong-gil were jumping on the rope, rebel armies were seen moving in. So, the mistrels should be caught in the rebellion too. According to history, King Yeonsan will be dethroned and sent to exile. So, what happened to the 2 mistrels? Did they die (since the ministers all hated them)?

  22. anon341
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    Why did Gong gil cut his wrists when he was performing for the King? Was it on purpose to get attention…? I mean, he could have done that some other time…this would have been the best time to get attention. If it was some suicide attempt, itd be useless because the King would have helped him right away. Just a little confused!

  23. nslan
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    Hi,

    A group of Wangnam pyein has set-up an unofficial fansite for the "King and the Clown" (Wang-ui namja) at http://www.king-and-the-clown.com / http://www.wang-ui-namja.com. We hope to bring and share different views from different audiences on this unique movie.

    Please check out our website when you have the time. We also appreciate information and updates to add on our site. Views at IMDB are also valued at our fansite.

  24. Anonymous
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  25. apocalypto1970
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    South Korea does it again with another good movie.

  26. larry-411
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    Here are my top picks from the 22nd Santa Barbara International Film Festival:

    Man in the Chair

    Trade

    The King and the Clown (Korea)

    Red Road (Scotland)

    2:37 (Australia)

    My Scary Girl (Korea)

    Children (Iceland)

    Waiter (Belgium)

    Le Dernier des Fous (France)

    Ping Pong (Germany)

    My blog posts:

    http://www.pro-networks.org/forum/viewstory.php?t=88526

    http://blogs.pro-networks.org/phileysmiley/#a000323

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    The world moves for love. It kneels before it in awe.

  27. [email protected]
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    Why did he faint after he shot an arrow beside the emperor? Why did he choose to stay on in the palace and refused to leave?

  28. treatreat
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    Do you think this film will make it, or not?

    I’m from Korea, and I want to know IMDB user’s opinion. SO Curious!

  29. johannex
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    Hi,

    I’d like to buy The King and the Clown, however, either playusa.com or amazon have it. When will it be released?

  30. teether
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    I thought I’d take the opportunity to express my surprise and gratitude for the actors and actresses who worked so hard and brought us this fantastic movie. :)

    I heard there’s this huge body of Lee Jun-ki fans, especially after this movie. I admit, considering his youth, he did a great job and certainly deserves to have been picked for the role out of two hundred something (?) competitors. However, more impressed I was with Kam Woo-seong with his talent and effort. I’d never thought he could sing like that (when he performed for the king) and learn tightrope walking, good enough to do it himself for most of the scenes.

    Even more impressed I was with Jung Jin-yeong’s portrayal of the king. His unique interpretation of the king with wide variety of emotion and expression was superb. The movie would not have been the same without his ability to show the king’s seriousness, childishness, craziness, all in the same person.

  31. joseph1
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    I just can not say enought how colorful and gorgeous the corean emperial cultures was,such as royal costumes and it’s background settings and ect…in the film "King and the Clown"!! It was sooo different from either chinese or japanese imperial cultures. I was truly amazed and surprised by their colorful royal pass of early Corea!! Coreans should be proud of their recent boom and popularity of their films abroad!!

  32. AceholeO182
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    I thought the King and the Clown was the highest grossing film in Korean Box Office History…

    Joblo.com says that The Host is the highest… http://joblo.com/index.php?id=13435

    Which is it?

  33. nslan
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    What do you think the story is really all about? Is it a comedy, tragedy or love story?

    Personally, I think it’s about fate and destiny and knowing/finding yourself. It’s about life – sweet and bitter, cruel and yet wonderful at the same time, all rolled into one.

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