I just finished watching this one. It’s the story of two male street clowns and tightrope walkers, Jangsaeng (Gam Wu Seong) and Gonggil (Lee Jun Ki) whose fate led them to perform in front of the King in Soule who fell inlove with Gonggil and from there – the king’s tyranny and his court’s corruption where revealed leading to the death of the clowns. [spoiler – err sorry]
The film lacks narrative – I was actually waiting for the back story to Gong-li’s character but I didn’t get any until the film ends tragically.
The actors were really good and I’m really impressed with Gam Wu Seong – he’s a fine actor! The rest were as good as well, even the crazy king.
On the technical aspects, Costume and Set designs are exemplary as well as the cinematography. It’s just too bad that those won’t make up for a royally flat story. I wished they elaborate more about each characters.
On DVD – 2005 / Korea
With that, I’d give it a 6/10 rating.