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King & Clown - link between history, narration, *art* ..

 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2007 10:38 am    Post subject: King & Clown - link between history, narration, *art* .. Reply with quote

Just saw an entry about King and the Clown on someone livejournal entry that mentioned about the link between history, narration, *art* and love in King and the Clown that is very subtley done [Quote : "they use narration, stories and art to live and through them, they realize later, to love. Because art is the words and the language they *know* and therefore their best way to communicate."]...Can't agree more....and very beautifully done too. Cool Cool

In the movie, you can really feel that "life imitates art" and "art imitates life". Almost *everything* is revealed through the *plays* of the jesters. Not only do Jang-saeng and Gong-gil's plays mirrored the life at the King's court, Gong-gil's hand-puppet act also reflected what have happened in the earlier part of the movie (the scene at the riverside) and what is to happen in their life after entering the palace (Yeon-san *snatching* the male puppet away). Even the story at the prison scene after Jang-saeng is blinded triggers a flashback to Jang-saeng & Gong-gil past together.

There are also a lot of parallels used in the movie. Some are quite plainly obvious while other are more hidden. There is Jang-saeng's play of blindness together with Gong-gil vs his real physical blindness as a result of his punishment by Yeon-san. There is Yeon-san, the king who acts like a clown vs Jang-saeng, who acts like a king on the high tightrope.

There was one comment entry (which I never thought of before Razz ) that even mentioned the last scene is also parallel to Jang-saeng/Gong-gil performance together at the beginning of the film - a hilarious Shakespearean routine in which we see Jang-saeng's failings at "taming the shrew"—the shrew, in this case, being Gong-gil. In the end, the shrew submits to being tamed, while at the same time Gong-gil submits to his love for Jang-saeng.

Anyone care to share on other parallels that they see from the movie?


As I see it, a lot less is being said/shown in King and the Clown than other usual other movies, yet at the same time a lot more is being implied and felt. So, it is a case of less is really more...much much more Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes Wink Wink .


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 12:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Other parallels...

1. Jang-saeng holding onto Gong-gil's ankles at the beginning of the film to stop him from 'selling' himself vs Gong-gil holding onto Yeon-san's ankles to beg him not to shoot at Jang-saeng when Jang-saeng return to the palace to mock at the King.

2. "Don't Go!" Jang-saeng begging/stopping Gong-gil at the beginning of the film as (1) above vs Gong-gil begging/stopping Jang-saeng not to leave him after Six Dix got killed.

3. In the above two scenes, there are a lot more parallels between what Jang-saeng said to Gong-gil at the beginning and what Gong-gil said to Jang-saeng near the end.

I believe the English translation did not brought out the parallel essence of these two scenes fully. If only we have Korean Pyeins who can share some insights on this with us.

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