I have heard of this movie for so long already from kmovie addicts but then I am not a Lee Jun Ki fan and some said that it is another Brokeback Mountain wannabe so I shelved it. Last night I accidentally clicked a video link as I browsed in the www. It took just a few minutes on the opening scene and I got hooked.
It’s a historical fiction drama so it automatically got me interested in the storyline. Saguek dramas fascinates me. I was kinda hesitant before when I saw some still pics of Lee Jun Ki. I told myself that the guy really looks like a woman and it kinda turned me off but as I watched the movie, I began to realized that he is playing an effeminate character so he really must look the part. It is all about the lives of two street clowns, their friendship and a small skit mocking of their King which landed them in the royal jail. A laugh from the King’s mouth was their ticket to freedom not knowing that it was also the start of their unpredictable life as court clowns as their King falls in love with one of them.
I read somewhere that there had been disagreement with the movie critics and reviewers if the relationship of the two clowns are just pure friendship or was bordering on gayish love. It definitely has homosexual underlyings. The kiss between the King and his beloved Clown caused quite a stir in the viewing public even if it just a short one.
Amidst the not your usual complex boy-girl relationships, I mean boy-boy relationship, what fascinated me most was the culture and tradition in the old Korea. Although, royal privileges in whatever race or country are almost the same. Whatever the King wants, the King gets even if its delusional. The corruption and tyranny in a King’s court never fails to shock me, in the sense that, everyone just accepts that one man’s bloodline can make him more superior than the other. That is the main reason why they ceased to exist…at least when it comes to their wants. They no longer enjoy unlimited powers. I am just so happy I live in the free world.
The acting in here is quite good. Storyline flow was terrific. I love the ending, both clowns jumping in the tightrope knowing that it’s their last performance ever and the tossing of the fan in the air signifying their end.
After watching it, I googled it and found out that the movie was a box office hit in 2005 and it garnered several nominations and awards. They adapted it from a 2000 korean play and that it is based from a small passage in the Annals of Joseon Dynasty mentioning the King and his beloved clown.