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The Throne (DVD) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3

Song Kang Ho (Actor) | Moon Geun Young (Actor) | Kim Hae Suk (Actor) | Jeon Hye Jin (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 (DVD) (Korea Version) 思悼 (DVD) (韓國版) 思悼 (DVD) (韩国版) The Throne (DVD) (Korea Version) 사도 (DVD) (보급판) (한국판)
Also known as: 思悼:8天的記憶 / 逆倫王朝 思悼:8天的记忆 / 逆伦王朝
Artist Name(s): Song Kang Ho (Actor) | Moon Geun Young (Actor) | Kim Hae Suk (Actor) | Jeon Hye Jin (Actor) | Yoo Ah In (Actor) | Jin Ji Hee (Actor) | Park Won Sang (Actor) | Park So Dam (Actor) 宋 康昊 (Actor) | 文根英 (Actor) | 金海淑 (Actor) | 全 惠珍 (Actor) | 劉亞仁 (Actor) | 陳 智熙 (Actor) | 朴翁尚 (Actor) | Park So Dam (Actor) 宋 康昊 (Actor) | 文根英 (Actor) | 金海淑 (Actor) | 全 惠珍 (Actor) | 刘亚仁 (Actor) | 陈 智熙 (Actor) | 朴翁尚 (Actor) | Park So Dam (Actor) ソン・ガンホ (Actor) | ムン・グニョン (Actor) | キム・ヘスク (Actor) | Jeon Hye Jin (Actor) | ユ・アイン (Actor) | チン・ジヒ (Actor) | パク・ウォンサン (Actor) | パク・ソダム (Actor) 송 강호 (Actor) | 문 근영 (Actor) | 김해숙 (Actor) | 전혜진 (Actor) | 유아인 (Actor) | 진지희 (Actor) | 박원상 (Actor) | 박소담 (Actor)
Director: Lee Joon Ik 李浚益 李浚益 イ・ジュンイク 이준익
Release Date: 2018-06-28
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Other Information: 1-Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1067305971

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사도 (DVD) (보급판) (한국판)

*Screen format:2.35:1
*Sound mix:DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 SURROUND

*Director:이준익

<왕의 남자>, <님은 먼 곳에> 이준익 감독
송강호 VS 유아인 최고의 연기파 배우들

★ 최고의 연출자와 배우들이 역사상 가장 비극적인 가족사를 재조명하다!
모두가 알고 있는 역사적 사건이지만 그 누구도 제대로 알지 못한 ‘사도세자’와 영조의 가족사에 집중하여, 어떤 순간에도 왕이어야 했던 아버지 ‘영조’와 단 한 순간만이라도 아들이고 싶었던 세자 ‘사도’의 이야기를 조선역사에 기록된 가장 비극적 가족사로 풀어낸 이준익 감독. 이 시대 최고의 국민 배우라고 불리는 송강호와 영화 <베테랑>이후 제대로 물 만난 제일 잘 나가는 배우 유아인이 영화 <사도>를 통해 역사상 가장 비극적인 가족사를 재조명 한다. 마침내 출시되는 DVD에서는 영화 촬영 비하인드 영상과 무려 10분이 넘는 삭제 장면들 그리고 이준익 감독과 송강호, 유아인 등 감독과 주연 배우들 모두가 참여한 코멘터리가 수록되어 있어 소장 가치가 충분한 DVD로 기대를 모으고 있다.

■ 250년 전 조선왕조에서 일어난 비극적인 실화
송강호 완벽한 영조 연기와 유아인이 재해석한 사도

이준익 감독은 모두가 알고 있는 역사적 사건이지만 그 누구도 제대로 알지 못한 ‘사도’의 가족사에 집중하여, 어떤 순간에도 왕이어야 했던 아버지 ‘영조’와 단 한 순간만이라도 아들이고 싶었던 세자 ‘사도’의 이야기를 조선역사에 기록된 가장 비극적 가족사로 풀어냈다. <왕의 남자>를 비롯해 <황산벌><구르믈 버서난 달처럼><평양성> 등 사극 장르에 일가견이 있는 그는 “약 250년 전 조선 왕조에서 일어난 비극적인 사건 ‘임오화변’에 대해 그리스 로마 신화, 셰익스피어의 어떤 비극보다도 더 참혹한 실화”라고 전하며 ‘사도’ 이야기를 재조명했다.

‘영조’와 ‘사도’ 그리고 ‘정조’에 이르기까지 3대에 걸친 인과관계를 그려내고 싶었다는 이준익 감독은 “56년의 이야기를 현재와 과거의 사건을 교차시키는 구성으로 두 시간 안에 담아낸다면 3대에 걸친 이야기를 풀어내기에 좋은 방법이 될 것이라 생각했다”며 새로운 구성을 취한 이유에 대해 밝혔다. 특히 남다른 총명함으로 ‘영조’를 기쁘게 한 ‘사도’의 어린 시절부터 서로의 진심이 어긋나기 시작하는 ‘대리청정’과 두 사람의 갈등이 첨예해지는 ‘양위파동’, 그리고 이들을 둘러싼 가족들의 엇갈린 이해 관계를 밀도 있게 보여줌으로써 관객들에게 극적인 긴장감과 감성적인 공감을 동시에 불러일으켰다.

명불허전 연기력의 국민배우 송강호와 차세대 대표 배우 유아인이 영화 <사도>를 통해 처음 만났다. <괴물><설국열차><관상><변호인> 등 대한민국 관객들이 믿고 보는 ‘최고의 연기력’, 송강호는 자신의 필모그래피 사상 처음 왕으로 변신해 조선시대 중흥기를 이끈 성군이지만 완벽주의적 성향 때문에 아들을 벼랑 끝으로 내몰게 되는 아버지 ‘영조’의 복합적인 내면을 깊이 있게 표현해냈다. 그는 “’영조’는 한 나라의 군주이기도 했지만 한 가정의 가장이기도 했기에 ‘영조’의 인간적인 고뇌를 표현하고 싶었다. 또한 ‘영조’의 40대부터 80대까지 다양한 연령대의 연기를 하다 보니, 외형은 물론이고 호흡 하나, 목소리 하나, 걸음걸이 하나에도 신경 써야 했다”고 밝히며 ‘영조’가 되기 위한 과정을 전했다.

한편, <완득이><베테랑> 등의 작품을 통해 개성 있는 마스크와 호소력 있는 연기력을 선보인 유아인은 강압적인 아버지 ‘영조’와 갈등하며 비극적 운명을 맞이하는 ‘사도세자’ 그 자체가 되어 관객들의 마음을 움직인다. “시나리오를 보고 나서 ‘영조’와 ‘사도’ 부자 사이의 지독한 감정들에 넉다운이 될 정도였다. 왕위를 계승해야 하는 세자로서의 버거운 운명을 짊어진 ‘사도’의 감정이 무엇일까에 대해 깊게 생각했다”며 ‘사도’가 되기 위한 치열한 노력을 엿볼 수 있게 했다.

송강호, 유아인의 강렬한 만남으로 대체불가의 캐스팅을 완성해낸 이준익 감독은 “송강호라는 인물이 ‘영조’를 연기하는데 그야말로 ‘살아있다’는 느낌이 들었다. 그는 카메라 앞에서 매 순간, 단 일초도 ‘영조’가 아닌 적이 없었다. 시나리오 단계에서부터 유아인을 머릿 속에 떠올렸다. 영화를 찍을 때도 연기 디렉션이 필요 없을 정도로 기질 자체가 이미 ‘사도’였다.”며 배우들에 대한 극찬을 아끼지 않았다.
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Professional Review of "The Throne (DVD) (Korea 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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