• mangochic

    I never really got the hype of the movie as I was so bored watching it even though I love Lee Jun Ki and like the other 2 leads. It was just too slow for me. But I have to say LJK was simply gorgeous here and I understand why both men fell for him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513439726 Sharon Overlord

    It was the opposite for me, I loved it! I was crying like a baby in the end! Man, a great film. The love between the two clowns stole the show. 

  • http://twitter.com/fah2ma Fatouma

    Oh my god, although I haven’t watched this movie, I remember that DBSK did a parody of it with Lee Hyukjae. It was sooooo funny, especially when they had to do their parts over and over again. The best non-gasoo was when Jaejoong tripped like the klutz that he is, causing a domino effect with Lee Hyukjae. I have tears in my eyes just thinking of it. Poor Changmin nearly broke his head hitting a gong over and over again because the rest of them couldn’t get their parts right. Ahh, memories. ;w;

    • http://twitter.com/sentimentalx Joanne Kris

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who still remembers this! It was their first variety show where they appeared together as a group nationwide, back in 2006 I think it was. Jaejong made a fine Jang Nok-su.

  • PrincelyLuna

    This is one of most fav korean movies of all time. Such great acting from all main actors. Jun Ki was so stunningly gorgeous. If i were a man, i’d be confused too in my feelings towards his character. The dvd packaging of this movie is so beautiful it worth ever single cent.

    • http://twitter.com/sentimentalx Joanne Kris

      Ahaha I actually thought he was a girl from the cover when I received the dvd as a gift back in 2006. 

    • noiha

      agree with frozen flower. i love that the king and the clown keep the vulgarity subtle. the way they expressed their love is so subtly yet deep. when i saw konggil played that finger doll, i can understand why the king felt affection to him. he’s just too lovable… >< maybe frozen flower want to tell that sex is a part of love/lust/whatever, but the way they shoved it to our faces makes me annoyed. it seems like a lazy effort in writer/director part to fill the screentime.

      • http://twitter.com/sentimentalx Joanne Kris

        THANK YOU. This comment sfm. A Frozen Flower would’ve been an absolute fantastic film if only they didn’t overdo the whole sex thing. I mean there is nothing wrong with them of course, when necessary. However I felt like so many scenes of them after the first event were all completely useless and didn’t need to be included. In the end it only made me feel uncomfortable. 

  • noiha

    lol yeah honestly i watch this after finished arang, lol. maaan lee junki is really really really pretty. i can’t believe our magistrate has that kind of past, lol *-* the strength for this drama for me comes from the acting. they’re really spot on. i don’t understand actually what makes this movie really popular in korea? unlike the recent blockbuster the thieves or the highly acclaimed my sassy girl, this movie is so… unhyped? low budget, no vibrant sageuk clothes, and no mystery and whatsoever. sigh, people’s taste can be so unpredictable. anyway, i find this movie… strange. it’s good, it left deep impression, but it just left me unsettled.

    • http://twitter.com/sentimentalx Joanne Kris

      As a fan of him ever since six years ago I must say watching his acting grow bit by bit is such a hueg satisfaction. It’s great to see him doing so well with his return project Arang. 

      I suppose much of this movie’s success can be explained simply by Lee Jun-ki’s androgynous looks. In a word; it’s new, or it was. It was fascinating at the time, to see a man portraying such a role and was doing such a great job with it. Everyone talked about it and so through the power of words more people started watching it.

      There were films surrounding homosexuality in Korea before The King and the Clown of course, such as 2001′s Bungee Jumping of Their Own. It’s not the first movie made about LGBT but I think it came at the right time. With the whole idea of ‘flower boy’ image and the appreciation for androgynous appearance (see Kang Dong-won in his 2004 film Romance of Their Own) rising, Lee Jun-ki came along and ultimately represented that image. In short, The King and the Clown was very lucky. 

      On the movie leaving you feeling unsettled I had the exact same feeling when I finished watching it the first time, not to mention slightly confused too, at the ending. However after no less than five times of re-appreciating the movie I think it grew on me. They obviously died but together they were reunited with their friends in their own kingdom, doing what their love best – performing.

      • PrincelyLuna

        uh … Bungee Jumping of Their Own … that’s another great movie and a sad one too. Lee Byung Hun was just amazing in it.

        • http://twitter.com/sentimentalx Joanne Kris

          I saw him in Flying Boys and was impressed by his acting but honestly didn’t take proper notice of the guy until The Hotel Venus and finally The King and the Clown turned me into a real dedicated fan.

      • noiha

        thanks for sharing your thought too. maybe i have to rewatched it again to understand. i still don’t get why konggil wanted to stay with the king? why he doesn’t want to go along with his friends? he does seems to pity the king, but not more than that.

        • http://twitter.com/sentimentalx Joanne Kris

          Hey! I should be thanking you for commenting and sharing your thoughts. Honestly I’ve thought about the whole leaving issue for quite a few times as well. I’d like to think Gong-gil felt sorry for the King and has the hope of changing him. He knows the King is violent and doesn’t suit to rule but seeing how he has fallen completely for him, he thinks he may be able to influence and make a difference and transform him into a better person with time and patience. Obviously that never worked as the King is just too messed up. 

          Leaving for Hanyang is a completely different story though. No one cared for them both there and they just committed a murder so they had to leave, it wasn’t a matter of choice. However, leaving Jang-sang was an obvious bonus. In the palace though, it wasn’t the same. Gong-gil didn’t have to leave, the King adored him but Jang-sang staying would result in difficult events and Jang-sang knows it himself but Gong-gil was naive enough to think (again) he would able to persuade the King from doing anything to hurt his friends. He was wrong – again. 

          Hopefully this would make you feel better. I hate that feeling of a plot hole as well.

  • dany17

    Such a good movie and indeed the actors did a fantastic job. I think Lee Jun Ki is not only good looking but also extremely talented- I love him In Time between Dog and Woolf and in Arang and the Magistrate. Thank you for this review.

  • http://www.m-rated.tumblr.com/ Michelle Chin

    Until now, this movie holds a special spot in my heart. If anyone asks me for film recs, this movie is one of those I would name first. :) I love the vivid colours and the amazing soundtrack. There’s nothing to not love in this movie. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/R5BKARJWK7NNOXYOIUSP76YJW4 Aj

    The ending indeed was kind of unsettling and made me confused. The movie I think was good, it’s just not one of those movies that I’d want to
    watch again.I was kinda depressed after the movie lol.