|The King and the Clown poster|
Currently I am overwhelming myself with Korean dramas to watch. I am trying to finish Love Rain and May Queen. I am also watching I Miss You, Cheondong-dam Alice, and King of Baking Kim Tak Gu. Despite my feeling of being swamped with things to watch, I have decided I want to start my Korean movie list. Technically I started it last Friday when I saw A Werewolf Boy in Seattle, but I am officially putting this project into motion tonight. Why did I wait so long to start watching Korean movies, you ask? Well, that's because of the aforementioned chaos of my Kdrama schedule. Trying to work full time, have a bit of a social life, and keep up with Korea dramas is already hectic. But, I will forge on in my quest to amass an epic Kdrama, and, now, Korean movie list.
So, the movie I decided to begin this project with (A Werewolf Boy aside) was The King and the Clown. I have heard good things about it, and I am a fan of Lee Jun Ki. I think this was a great place to start. This movie explores the relationship formed between the Chosun King Yeonsan (Jung Jin Young) and two wild clowns (Lee Jun Ki and Kam Woo Sung). Jun Ki plays the feminine Gong Gil whose portrayal of the King's royal consort earns his majesty's attention. The King, clearly a troubled fellow, begins to look for Gong Gil constantly. I am haunted by the things that the King did based upon the performances by the clowns. This film captures the insanity of the man's life. Sadly, the innocent Gong Gil is pulled into the King's chaos and so the clowns suffer. I laughed, I cried, and I also thought about the danger of power.
Next I plan on watching My Sassy Girl, Cyrano Agency, and The Thieves with Kim Soo Hyun.