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The Throne (2015) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Song Kang Ho (Actor) | Yoo Ah In (Actor) | Moon Geun Young (Actor) | Kim Hae Suk (Actor)
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Known for critical hits like The King and the Clown and Hope, seasoned filmmaker Lee Joon Ik helms another box-office sensation in The Throne, which recounts the tragic life of Crown Prince Sado. Depicting one of the most notorious episodes of Joseon history, the period blockbuster garnered numerous prizes at the 35th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards, 52nd Daejong Film Awards and 36th Blue Dragon Film Awards. Yoo Ah In (Veteran) earned his first Best Actor prize at the Blue Dragon Film Awards for his impressive portrayal of Crown Prince Sado, while Song Kang Ho (The Attorney) was nominated for his towering performance as King Yeongjo who condemned his son to death. The Throne also co-stars Moon Geun Young (The Village: Achiara's Secret), Kim Hae Suk (The Thieves) who won Best Supporting Actress at the Daejong Awards, and Jeon Hye Jin who won Best Supporting Actress at the Blue Dragon Film Awards.

Fond of arts, dancing and swordplay, Crown Prince Sado (Yoo Ah In) isn't interested in studying Confucianism which is the base of the Joseon dynasty. King Yeongjo (Song Kang Ho), who was initially proud of Sado's intelligence, grows increasingly disappointed in his son who thinks too differently from him. Hoping Sado will learn to be a king, Yeongjo appoints him as regent to administer the country, but Sado issues a set of anti-royalist decrees that anger the king. Amid the volatile order of the court, the relationship between father and son begins to derail, along with Sado's mind, towards a shocking breaking point.

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Product Title: The Throne (2015) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 逆倫王朝 (2015) (DVD) (台灣版) 逆伦王朝 (2015) (DVD) (台湾版) 逆倫王朝 (2015) (DVD) (台湾版) 사도
Also known as: 思悼 思悼
Artist Name(s): Song Kang Ho (Actor) | Yoo Ah In (Actor) | Moon Geun Young (Actor) | Kim Hae Suk (Actor) | Jeon Hye Jin (Actor) | Jin Ji Hee (Actor) | Park Won Sang (Actor) | Park So Dam (Actor) | So Ji Sub 宋 康昊 (Actor) | 劉亞仁 (Actor) | 文根英 (Actor) | 金海淑 (Actor) | 全 惠珍 (Actor) | 陳 智熙 (Actor) | 朴翁尚 (Actor) | Park So Dam (Actor) | 蘇 志燮 宋 康昊 (Actor) | 刘亚仁 (Actor) | 文根英 (Actor) | 金海淑 (Actor) | 全 惠珍 (Actor) | 陈 智熙 (Actor) | 朴翁尚 (Actor) | Park So Dam (Actor) | 苏 志燮 ソン・ガンホ (Actor) | ユ・アイン (Actor) | ムン・グニョン (Actor) | キム・ヘスク (Actor) | チョン・ヘジン (Actor) | チン・ジヒ (Actor) | パク・ウォンサン (Actor) | パク・ソダム (Actor) | ソ・ジソブ 송 강호 (Actor) | 유아인 (Actor) | 문 근영 (Actor) | 김해숙 (Actor) | 전혜진 (Actor) | 진지희 (Actor) | 박원상 (Actor) | 박소담 (Actor) | 소 지섭
Director: Lee Joon Ik 李浚益 李浚益 イ・ジュンイク 이준익
Release Date: 2016-07-27
Language: Korean
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-5
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 125 (mins)
Publisher: AV-Jet International Media Co., Ltd
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1051135065

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導演:《希望:為愛重生》李濬益 LEE Joon-ik
演員:《觀相大師:滅王風暴》宋康昊 SONG Kang-ho、《格鬥青春》劉亞仁 YOO Ah-in

★2015韓國青龍獎最佳導演、最佳編劇、最佳男主角、最佳女配角等11項大獎提名
★2015韓國影評獎年度十大影片、最佳編劇、最佳電影、最佳音樂

一個費盡一生心血,堅守王之威嚴的父親,一個一生渴望父愛,卻終究失望的兒子,他們之間的虐心矛盾終將為朝鮮宮廷帶來一場悲劇。改編自朝鮮王朝歷史上的真實事件,莊獻世子(劉亞仁 飾)本是英祖(宋康昊 飾)的次子,但因其兄長早逝,他成為了英祖剩下唯一的兒子。在英祖望子成龍的重壓之下,父子感情生隙,莊獻世子進而精神出現問題,最終被關進米櫃活活餓死。
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Professional Review of "The Throne (2015) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

July 28, 2016

This professional review refers to The Throne (Blu-ray) (Scenario Book + Postcard) (Korea Version)
Although he has ventured into more contemporary territory with the likes of Hope and Radio Star, Korean director Lee Joon-ik is chiefly known for his historical dramas, having made his mark with his sophomore outing, the multiple-award winning box office hit The King and the Clown back in 2005. His latest offering The Throne recounts a dark episode from the Joseon period, charting the conflict between King Yeongjo and his son Prince Sado, with a top pair of talents in the lead roles in the form of Song Kang-ho (The Attorney) and Yoo Ah-in (Veteran). As well as a commercial smash, the film was another major critical success for Lee, winning a long list of awards and nominations at the Korean Association of Film Critics' Awards, the Daejong Film Awards and the Blue Dragon Film Awards amongst others.

Set in 1762 in the Joseon period, the film initially finds King Yeongjo (Song Kang-ho) immensely proud of his son, the 27-year-old Prince Sado (Yoo Ah-in), praising him for his intelligence and skills as a statesman. Unfortunately, their relationship slowly but surely sours, the King growing upset with Sado's lack of commitment to the strict Confucian ideals and rules which underpin the country's governance, the prince being more interested in martial arts, poetry and painting. The King's increasingly harsh treatment of Sado only worsens matters, pushing him to rebel, and he locks up his son in a rice box without food or water as punishment.

As a period drama, The Throne certainly has a fascinating premise and historical backdrop, the sad tale of Prince Sado having been much debated over the years as to the nature of his character. Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the humanistic nature of his body of work, the film sees Lee Joon-ik offering a sympathetic take on the story and his players, painting a tragic picture of a father and son whose lives and actions are deeply constrained by the society and time in which they live. Lee makes the most of this, and with the King's mental health deteriorating throughout, there's a real tension to their interactions, and an ominous sense of impending doom as things escalate, making the film dramatic and gripping. With lots of complex politics and conspiracies also thrown into the mix, there's a great deal going on, and Lee again shows his skill as a storyteller, successfully nailing an effective balance between narrative and character depth.

The film is boosted by some superb acting, both Song Kang-ho and Yoo Ah-in on top form in the all-important lead roles. Well-deserving of the many accolades and nominations the two won for their performances, including Yoo claiming his first Best Actor gong at the Blue Dragon Film Awards, the actors are entirely believable as father and son, giving the film a powerful emotional punch as it descends into misery. Crucially, Lee finds fault and redeeming features in each of them, and the scenes between the two are dramatic and moving, their actions towards each other being fraught and loaded with meaning. Though the film is dominated by Song and Yoo, the supporting cast are similarly excellent, veteran Kim Hae-suk (The Thieves) having won Best Supporting Actress at the Daejong Awards, and Jeon Hye-jin (Chronicle of a Blood Merchant) having won Best Supporting Actress at the Blue Dragon Film Awards for their sterling work.

Where the film does fall down somewhat, is in its structure, the story playing out to a large extent through flashbacks as the King and the prince reflect upon the various stages in their relationship, from his childhood through to the present day. While this does work to help get to the bottom of the reasons behind its shocking decline, these do become a bit repetitive, and in places feel inserted only for the tugging of heartstrings – predictably, the film does take a dive into melodrama during its overlong final act, something which may lose some viewers. The flashbacks and their regularity also give the film a rather rigid and dry structure, giving it the air of a theatrical play at times, and while this perhaps reflects the society which imprisons the characters, it also makes the two-hour running time drag, not least since the ending is never in any doubt, even for audiences not aware of the historical facts.

To be fair, this doesn't detract too much from the film's overall effectiveness, though it does prevent The Throne from being truly great. Still, bolstered by some handsome production values as well as its powerhouse lead performances, the film is another fine period drama from Lee Joon-ik, who by now has surely earned recognition as the best Korean director working in the form.

by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com

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