Wednesday, August 30, 2006

The King and the Clown

Currently, the Highest Grossing Film in the History of Korean Cinema


Recently, my friend discovered this wonderful movie and we had a very good conversation about it. Our discussion brought out several of the nuances and symbolisms embedded in the movie and really made me (and her) appreciate it more. So while I'm in "The King and the Clown mode," I'll post up some related goodies that hopefully you haven't seen before. If you have, it's really worth a second or even third look at them. Enjoy!

Main Trailer


Arirang TV Screen Flash (2006-02-08)


Arirang TV Showbiz Extra Coverage of the 43rd Daejong Film Festival (Grand Bell Awards)


"The King" reigned over the 43rd Daejong Film Festival (and several other award shows.)

(Gam Woo Sung looks really handsome and well-dressed at the award show. He has a reputation for being one of the hardest working actors in the business and I'm glad that he received his long overdue recognition. Aw, what a nice acceptance speech..very humble and sweet!)

"In-yeon" by Lee Sun Hee (I absolutely love this song! Lee Sun Hee's voice is beautiful and she performs the song with so much emotion.)


"In-yeon" by Lee Sun Hee (with English subtitles courtesy of mirager)


To download the song, click the link below.
http://www.sendspace.com/file/00e0qn

Awards at the 43rd Daejong Film Festival
Best Film- The King and the Clown
Best Director- Lee Jun Ik
Best Script/Scenario- Choi Seok Hwan
Best Cinematography- Ji Gil Woong
Best Leading Actor- Gam Woo Sung
Best New Actor- Lee Joon Ki
Best Supporting Actor- Yoo Hae Jin
Most Popular Actor- Lee Joon Ki
Most Popular Actress- Kang Seong Yeon
Most Popular Actor Overseas- Lee Joon Ki

If you're interested, a well-written and very detailed review of the movie can be found here.

Also, if you're still interested, a [lengthy] article about Lee Joon-Ik, the director of the movie, can be found here.

Notice the music that played in the background at the 43rd Daejong Film Festival everytime The King and the Clown won an award? You can listen to the full version on "La La La."

For more YouTube clips about the movie with English subtitles, search for keyword "Arirang TV."

Learn Korean
"yak su"- promise
"sa rang"- love
"in yeon" or "oon myung"- fate or destiny
"sun mool"- gift
-The above words can be found in the lyrics of the song. They are from my limited knowledge of the Korean language so please feel free to correct me if the definition and/or spelling is wrong.

If you haven't seen The King and the Clown, do take a look at it. It's a must-see movie!

doozy: Um, I went into a frenzy posting mode, didn't I? Heehee. I'm just very excited that I now have someone to discuss Korean entertainment with because my friend is starting to appreciate Korean movies and dramas. Plus, I'm currently high on caffeine. Dang you, pearl tea. Dang you! *cartwheels*

2 comments:

Gilly said...

Heh, in the "King and the Clown mode"! And you pop out all these "goodies" too, you must have had a good search on YouTube!!! I love it, it felt a bit "familiar" when I went on your blog this morning, heh! The last two videos, I actually woke up and wanted to leave you a message with links to them, which were my absolute favorite on the OST, but you already found 'em! And I can watch them everyday now on your blog, sob sob... I watched the one on Gam Woo-Sung's acceptance speech, definitely very sweet and teary =) . I actually saw a different official poster of the movie too, but I think this one is a lot more meaningful from the characters' positions and body langauge. Good movie, and theme song!

doozy said...

yeah. the song is so touching and Gam Woo-Sung is awesome. Although he may not have the "idol" look, he's very talented. When you watch him act, there is just this sense of effortless-ness and realness that he has in his performance.