"Equal parts ribald comedy, historical epic and melodramatic love
story, Lee Jun-ik's movie is popular
filmmaking at its finest: ambitious, entertaining and thoughtful."
Jonathan L. Knapp
(23th SFIAAFF 2007)
"This story about 16th century actors in the Korean Court completely
transported us as it bought old theatre forms alive. The Shakespearian
dynamic, the unpredictable narrative and the emotional journey of the
characters all work together to create a richly textured film."
5th Cape Town World Cinema Festival 2006)
"An off-the-scale hit in Korea...this vivid historical
drama pushes some very unexpected buttons...Lee Jun-ik (hitherto better
known as a producer) gets spirited performances from his cast and stages
and cuts with great brio. In many ways, the film that Farewell, My
Concubine wanted to be."
Tony Rayns (50th London Film Fest. 2006)
"This has been referred to as
the Korean Brokeback Mountain already and probably will be many times
yet, but that is in fact a terrible disservice, as it's actually a
far more subtle, deeper film than that...the film is shot and
staged utterly beautifully, in particular the captivating scenes of
Jang-seng and Gong-gil's performances..."
Matthew (TIFF 2006 Discovery Preview)
The "King and the Clown" (or Wang-ui namja) is a
very unique kind of film. It is multi-faceted and presents different
themes to difference people. Not only that, it offers a different
experience every time you watch it."
"a very solidly good story about class conflict and different worlds
colliding...Now my only wish would be for a big screen showing somewhere
in the States..."
(August 03, 2006)
"The King and the Clown" is perhaps going to be looked back in twenty
years and be honored for its groundbreaking artistry...It truly
represents the Golden Age of film to the likes of what Kurosawa and
Mizoguchi meant for Japanese and world of cinema. "
-- Julia Chua@IMDB (Oct.