Could there be more than meets the eye between a Joseon Dynasty King and a court jester? During the 16th-century reign of King Yeon San (Jung Jin Young), two street clowns flee to Seoul after killing their manager. The macho Jang Saeng (Kam Woo Sung) and the effeminate Gong Gil (Lee Joon Gi) team up with another acting troupe in Seoul and develop a skit that mocks King Yeon San and his new concubine, Jang Nok Su (Kang Sung Yeon). When the men are arrested for treason, they are told that if they can make the king laugh with their act, their lives will be spared. To everyone’s surprise, King Yeon San loves the performance and makes Jang Saeng and Gong Gil official court jesters and lavishes them with great food and comfort. But soon, the king’s special interest in Gong Gil makes Nok Su, the country’s ministers and even Jang Saeng suspicious and nervous. What will become of the royal jesters? “The King and the Clown” is a 2005 South Korean film directed by Lee Joon Ik. It was adapted from the 2000 stage play “Yi” written by Kim Tae Woong. The film became South Korea’s official submission to the 2006 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, won numerous awards, and is credited for catapulting unknown actor Lee Joon Gi to stardom throughout Asia.
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