King and the Clown (왕의 남자 / Wang-ui namja) is adapted from the highly acclaimed Korean play of 2000 titled Yi (You) about Yeonsan-gun, a Joseon dynasty king who falls in love with a court clown who mocks him. The play is based on a small passage from the historical Annals of the Joseon Dynasty that briefly mentions the king's favorite clown. Instead of focusing on the love between the clown and the king, the movie craftfully blends in many other subtexts (life, love, politics, fate, etc) making it a much subtler and deeper, yet highly entertaining, film.
It was the highest grossing Korean film in history (with US$85,000,000 in domestic receipts from 12.3 million viewers), surpassing total admissions of all-time blockbusters Silmido and The Brotherhood of War (Taegukgi), until the horror film The Host (Gwoemul) surpassed it in September 2006. Despite its gross, it had a relatively modest production cost of only approximately US$4.5 million dollars.
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