Thursday, May 10, 2012
King and the Clown (2005) is Tuesday's film at the Korean Cultural Service screening (A link to my review added)
Jun-ik Lee's King and the Clown is Tuesday's film at the FREE screening at the Tribeca Cinema thanks to the Korean Cultural Service. Frankly I'm shocked that this film hasn't run before because the film not only has won numerous awards, but it's a film that all of the people I know who have seen it have loved.
You may know Jun-ik Lee from two of his earlier films 2010's Blades of Blood (a messy historical epic that has some great action sequences, but falls apart in the story department) or Battlefield Heroes (a moving black comedy about men forced to fight for crazy generals).
The Korean Cultural Service describes the film as follows:
During the reign of the infamous King Yeon-san, two clowns (Gam Woo-Sung and Lee Joon-Ki, both mesmerizing here) star in a satirical play about the powerful monarch, which becomes popular among the commoners. Immediately arrested for treason, they bet their lives on making the king laugh at their routine, and their surprising success allows them to stay in the palace as royal performers. When the king (Hi, Dharma’s Jeong Jin-Young) starts displaying an irresistible attraction toward one of the clowns, the performers quickly realize that they may be in over their heads. A pop culture phenomenon, this mid-budget romance about man love ended up selling more tickets than any other film in Korean history – cementing itself deeply in the public consciousness and becoming a culture-defining romantic hit.
I'm really looking forward to seeing the film and if all goes well I'll be there Tuesday night and I'll report in shortly there after. (ADDENDUM: a review of the film can be found here)
As always doors at the Tribeca Cinema are at 630 with the movie starting at 7.