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Gam Woo Sung (Actor) | Lee Jun Ki (Actor) | Jung Jin Young (Actor)
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King And The Clown (Taiwan Version)
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The surprise success story of 2005, King And The Clown shocked everyone by coming out of nowhere to become the highest grossing film of the year in Korea. The movie dominated at the 43rd Daejong Awards, picking up 10 awards including Best Film, Best Director, Best Script, Best Photography, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor. Gam Woo Sung was crowned Best Actor, while Lee Jun Gi, the androgyenous-looking lead who shot to stardom with this film, received the Best New Actor Award.

A modestly produced feature, with a cast featuring no A-list performers, the film is set during the reign of infamous king Yeon-San. Two performing clowns (Lee and Gam Woo Sung from Spider Forest) produce a satirical play, which criticizes the country's ruler. While this makes them highly popular amongst the common people, it gets them into a world of trouble with the authorities.

The two performers are arrested and accused of treason, a crime that carries the death penalty. The clowns then make a deal with the King (Jeong Jin Young - Hi, Dharma) - if they can make him laugh with their play-acting, he will spare them. They are successful, and become the official entertainers of the royal court. Things become more complicated, however, as the king shows increasing affection towards one of the clowns and they realize that their lives may have begun down an irreversible path. A thrilling drama exploring secret desire in the top echelons of power, King And The Clown is a taboo-breaking cinematic treat that tackles subject matter rarely seen in Korean Cinema.

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Product Title: King And The Clown (Taiwan Version) 王的男人 (台灣版) 王的男人 (台湾版) 王の男 (台湾版) King And The Clown (Taiwan Version)
Artist Name(s): Gam Woo Sung (Actor) | Lee Jun Ki (Actor) | Jung Jin Young (Actor) 甘宇成 (Actor) | 李準基 (Actor) | 鄭進永 (Actor) 甘宇成 (Actor) | 李准基 (Actor) | 郑进永 (Actor) カム・ウソン (Actor) | イ・ジュンギ (Actor) | チョン・ジニョン (Actor) 감우성 (Actor) | 이준기 (Actor) | 정진영 (Actor)
Release Date: 2006-10-05
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0, DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 121 (mins)
Publisher: Basic Entertainment Co., Ltd (TW)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004535604

Product Information

* Screen Format : 16:9 (LB)
* Sound Mix : DTS, Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0
* DVD Type : DVD-9

導演︰Lee Joon-ik
Director: Lee Joon-ik

  朝鮮第十代王燕山王君時期,暴君燕山昏庸無道,致使貪官污吏橫行,民不聊生。假面舞劇藝人張生(甘宇成飾)與自己最好的朋友孔吉(李準基飾)一同來到了漢陽謀求發展。由於才智過人,他們表演的帶有諷刺燕山君(鄭鎮榮飾)和寵妾綠水(姜成妍飾)的舞劇很受老百姓的歡迎,可是他們因為戲耍了燕山君被拉到了義禁府,並因為能讓燕山君開懷一笑,而留在宮內假面舞劇藝人們的住所「喜樂園」。

  進宮後的他們,每次的的表演都讓現場變成了血海。同時燕山君又愛上了孔吉,一些叛臣也開始了他們的陰謀,而平時就很嫉妒孔吉、張生的寵妾綠水同樣也開始了她的陰謀計劃……

  Jang-seng (KAM Woo-sung) and Gong-gil (LEE Joon-ki) belong to the same acting troupe on the orad in the years of the infamous King Yon-san, during the Chosun Dynasty. One day, they go to Soul and their troupe hit the jackpot by playing a show about the King (JUNG Jin-young) and his lady, femme fatale, Nok-soo (KANG Sung-yeon). But soon they get arrested for insulting the royal King and Jan-seng bet their lives to make the King laugh with their play. Their fortunate success leads them to stay in the palace and perform regular plays. As the King show growing attraction and love towards Gong-gil, Nok-soo who is out of control of her lust and envy for Gong-gil, secretly plots to take Gong-gil's life.
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Professional Review of "King And The Clown (Taiwan Version)"

June 14, 2006

This professional review refers to King and The Clown Special Limited Edition DTS
The success of The King and The Clown is unprecedented in Korean film history. A modest film rather than a hyped-up studio blockbuster and a period drama with no known star actors, it was released at the end of 2005 and unexpectedly became the highest grossing film in Korean cinema history. The popular success of the film has been followed with wins in all the major categories at the Korean cinema awards, leaving the film with a lot to live up to on its DVD release.

Set in the early 16th Century, the story takes place during the reign of one of Korea's twenty-seven kings during the 500-year span of its legendary Chosun Dynasty - the notorious King Yeon. Jang Seng (Gam Woo Sung) and Gong Gil (Lee Jun Gi) are street entertainers - actors, minstrels and acrobats who work for a team of travelling players, performing stunts and bawdy skits for villagers as they travel across the country. However, the manager of the troupe finds that he is able to make more money selling the charms of the female impersonator Gong Gil to the rarefied tastes of the Korean nobles, who are attracted to the ambiguous sexuality of the young man.

Jang Seng has had enough of the abuse heaped on his friend, and together they escape from the troupe to make their fortunes in the capital. Arriving in Seoul, however, they find that the King had reduced the opportunities for performers, seeing them as vagrants or beggars and having most of them run out of the city. Combining forces with another group of entertainers, Jang Seng has a new idea for a show that will make them famous - a risqué sketch mocking the King's current Royal Consort, Nok Su (Kang Sung Yeon), a once notorious courtesan. Not unexpectedly, they find themselves arrested for treason and about to be flogged for their audacity, but manage to convince the authorities to allow them to put on the performance before the King to let him decide himself whether it is funny or not. The King's advisor Cheo Seon (Jang Hang Seon) agrees - if the King laughs they will be released; if he is displeased, heads will roll. But Cheo Seon has an ulterior motive and, as the minstrels nervously perform their treasonable show, the King (Jeong Jin Yeong) does not look amused…

The King and The Clown, as the above description might indicate, is not particularly original in its storyline. It's the old story of the King and his Jester, the minstrel who speaks the truth that others dare not. Jang Seng and Gong Gil reveal to the King not only how his subjects view him, but gradually open his eyes to the corruption of his Ministers and the scheming within his Royal Court. One major revelation about his parents during the performance of a Chinese Opera in front of the Queen Mother even recalls the travelling players drama in Shakespeare's Hamlet. The performances have a similarly violent denouement, while the opera itself and the course of the friendship of the two performers - their success caught up in the political machinations of the period - follows to a large degree the trajectory of the Chinese Opera singers in Chen Kaige's Farewell My Concubine.

What the film most successfully achieves however, particularly through its own very nature as colourful popular entertainment, is the power of art and drama to express emotions and communicate with audiences important messages about life, love and politics. Abruptly changing tone in the second half, however, the film questions how a person armed with powerful and privileged knowledge should wield such information. Does one have a duty to make such knowledge public, or is it better to allow the people to remain "blind" to what is happening behind closed doors? It's a small-scale theme for a relatively small-scale film, one that has no pretensions towards the epic grandeur that the period and the enormous box-office success of the film might indicate, but the manner in which it presents this central question and handles the abrupt changes of tone is compelling. Simply put, the film makes the very best of its modest storyline, plot development and characterisation in a workmanlike fashion that has little flair, but makes the most of its strengths - the not overly ambitious theme of the solid storyline, the colour of the period and outstanding performances from the cast of clowns and acrobats. (It's aided in many of these respects for English viewers with an excellent English subtitle translation, which captures the tone of the period as well as the rhyming and bawdiness of the dialogue superbly.) The King and The Clown is all about entertainment and entertain is just what the film does.

The unexpected success of The King and The Clown, becoming the highest grossing film of all time in Korea, has surprised many people. The period drama - particularly one that has homosexual references - is not traditionally a genre that attracts the younger audience, which is necessary to compete with Hollywood blockbusters that usually dominate Korean cinema screens. It has had many critics and Korean journalists (and no doubt studio executives) seeking to find a pattern in film viewing trends and searching for sociological changes in the make-up of the viewing public. It seems a lot simpler to me than that. I've said it before in my review of Memories of Murder, and it still holds true: Korea is making the best, popular genre films in the world today. The King and The Clown is the best in its field, taking on the strengths of solid traditional Hollywood cinematic storytelling and giving it a fresh and uniquely Korean twist by beating the increasingly formulaic, sequel and TV-remake reliant US blockbusters at their own game. For two hours the superbly paced The King and The Clown is utterly gripping and as pure an entertainment as you are likely to see. It mixes comedy and tragedy, action and adventure, drama and political intrigue, into a moving story of an unusual friendship that never falters and never fails to convince.

DVD
The King and The Clown is released in the Korea by Art Service. It is released in a Special Limited Edition four-disc box set, which contains three DVDs and a CD of the soundtrack. The DVDs are in NTSC format and is encoded for Region 3. Disc One contains the Theatrical Release of the film, Disc Two the Extended Version, Disc Three the supplements. The discs are housed in a digipack in a magnetically clipped sturdy box. Also included in the box are 8 A5-sized postcards of character poster designs in a display case, and a beautiful photobook containing cast photos, biographies and set designs.

Video
The film is a blaze of colour in the sets and in the bold costume designs of the performers and the Royal Court. This comes across quite impressively on the transfer, which is strong throughout and actually almost overpowering, such is the richness of the colourful costumes and sets. Colours may be slightly oversaturated and overly processed, with tints looking slightly unnatural and reds in particular being very bright, vivid and tending to bleed at edges. As I often find on Korean releases, the black levels are also rather flat, lacking in shadow detail or tone. I imagine however that few people will have any problem with these niggling details, since otherwise there is really nothing else here to fault. The image is clear and stable, free from any marks whatsoever and shows good detail, with reasonable definition even in wider shots. Judging from the somewhat clinical lighting of scenes and the overall flow of the image, it may well be that the film was shot in High Definition Digital Video.

Audio
The audio tracks are both fine and get a good workout in the thumping of drums and surround-sound audience noise when the actors perform their open-air routines. The DTS track doesn't have any particular advantage over the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, both mixes functionally serving up the dialogue and sound effects clearly and strongly without ever being either overly impressive or distracting.

Subtitles
English subtitles are provided, in a reasonably sized white font. As I observed in the review of the film, they are excellent at capturing the tone of the various situations, the formality of addressing royalty, the common dialogue of ordinary folk and the bawdy qualities and rhymes of the performer's routines, which can consequently be uproariously funny. The subtitles curiously also seem to provide some background historical information during the opening title sequence, for which there is no corresponding Korean text.

Extras
Disc 1 contains two commentary tracks for the Theatrical Version of the film - Commentary 1 by the Director and Crew, Commentary 2 by Cast. Neither commentary is subtitled. Disc 2 contains the 128-minute Extended Version of the film. The quality of this feature is on par with the Theatrical Version, containing identical specs and fully subtitled in English, though it has no commentary tracks.

The extra features on Disc 3 are divided into 3 sections. None of these extra features have English subtitles, although some require no subtitles. The first section looks at the making of the film from various aspects. The Making Of documentary (22:27) shows filming of the acrobatic and performance scenes and some sequences between Gong Gil and the King. It is interspersed with interviews with the director and filmmaking crew. There's a more in-depth look at the Art and Costume Design (19:21), with interviews with the production designer. Cast interviews are divided into two sections, one (17:10) with the main cast, the other (12:43) with the "three clowns". Six Deleted scenes (9:37) are included, some of them extended versions of scenes in the film. There is also an interview with the Music Director (6:21) and a Behind the Scenes featurette, showing outtakes, stunts and candid shots, which has no real dialogue, but is set to music from the film.

The second section shows the preparation for the historical period detail of the film. "Samul Nori Dance Performance" (13:49) shows footage of some traditional clown groups in performance, with cast and crew attending clown school. "Pung Mul Dance Performance" (17:46) focuses on the drummers who perform for the acts. "The King's Banquet Performance" (8:20) shows rehearsals for the dances that make up part of the performance. "Beyond the Movie: Yi - The Original Stage Play" (23:41) takes a look at the original play that the film is based on, showing scenes of the stage performance and interviews with the author. "The True Story of Yeon San" (14:31) is a look at the historical background of the King and the period. "The Banquet Scene - Behind the Scenes" (5:44) shows rehearsals for the main performance piece in the film.

The third section, the promotional material for the film, is the only section that is friendly for non-Korean viewers. The Poster Photo Shoot (5:34) shows the cast being photographed in costume for the promotional materials (the final versions of which are included in this set as postcards). There are a couple of Q&A sessions in a Press Conference (6:00) and the Footage from the Premiere (4:39). The Music Video (4:19) is the obligatory plinky K-pop ballad with sweeping strings. The TV Spot (1:04) and the Trailer (2:28) are letterboxed and contain what could be considered spoilers. A Stills Gallery (2:05) frames the images in such a way that they can scarcely be distinguished.

Overall
The King and The Clown has recently won over seven major awards at the 43rd Daejong (Grand Bell) Awards 2006, for Best Film, Best Director, Best Leading Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Script, Best Cinematography and Best New Actor. Does it deserve to be the most popular film ever in Korea? Well, isn't that up to the people, rather than critics or studio hype, to decide? The film has succeeded on its own strengths and through word of mouth, touching a chord with the people to become the most successful film ever at the Korean box office. I can't think of another Korean film more deserving of popular success than The King and The Clown.

By Noel Megahey - DVD Times

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Customer Review of "King And The Clown (Taiwan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.9 out of 10 (22)

Moly97
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January 25, 2008

This customer review refers to The King and The Clown (VCD) (Korea Version)
1 people found this review helpful

Excellent Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I have had this movie for over a year and just did not feel like seeing it even though I know this is a famous movie. Then I saw Lee in the movie "My girl" and I was still not very impressed with him but has more interest in seeing this movie. I was "wowed" by this movie instantly once I started watching it . The script is fantastic. Very few movies keeps my interest like this one. I watch the whole movie in one setting and enjoy every minute of it. Kudos to the entrie cast .
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September 16, 2007

This customer review refers to King And The Clown (Cantonese & Korean Version) (Hong Kong Version)
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You will Love it :) Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
"King and The Clown" basically talks about what is called the happiness. The king is often depressed, anxious, unstable because of the shadow of his family tragedy in the past. And the situation is changed when he is interested to a "pretty" clown from a group of singing & dancing street-performers. Yes, the king finds back his happiness. However, he doesn't realize that his intimate relationship with his beloved clown will lead to... other tragedies. This gay-theme movie, besides has a strong plot, is also visually artistic. It's stunning from begin to end. Truly an excellent Korean drama movie!
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Kevin Kennedy
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May 24, 2007

This customer review refers to King And The Clown (DVD) (Multi-audio) (Hong Kong Version)
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You will love it! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
"King and the Clown" succeeds because it tells a wonderful, gripping, eye-catching, chin-dropping story of two street-performing friends who end up becoming court jesters to a mentally unstable king. The movie never cheapens the story, never sensationalizes the story. It stays honest, truthful, and powerful by sticking to its theme of friendship.

What a great story! What a great movie! "King and the Clown" will appeal both to fans of high-brow art films and popular entertainment movies. I recommend it very highly.
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May 10, 2007

This customer review refers to King and The Clown (DVD) (DTS) (Korea Version)
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A Great Film!......... Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
King and The Clown got me thinking for a while. I think I've finally got it that love is innocent, unexpected and a little burry sometimes. Only this time the protagonists are all male. The director is very artistic and has shown great depths in this movie. He is no doubt first rate. I like the commentary that he makes against social injustics. To me the saddest and haunting part of the movie is watching the plight of the protagonists and street performers whose survival hinged on the whim of an unstable and neurotic king.

Lee Jun Ki did an outstanding job at such young age. I like him a lot. Watching this movie once is enough for me because it is really sad despite the fact that it is very entertaining.
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April 27, 2007

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a must see film Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I know this film has been out on market for a while, I was hestitate to see because the front cover shown male actor looks womanlike. I finally see this and it capture all my attention thru out the movie, not only its great actors and story line. It's shown the society between wealthy and poor. I'm extemely satify for watching this movie and I wish I should see this earlier.
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