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The Concubine

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The Concubine

  • Movie: The Concubine (English title) / Royal Concubine: Concubine of King (literal title)
  • Revised romanization: Hugoong: Jewangui Chub
  • Hangul: 후궁: 제왕의 첩
  • Director: Kim Dae-Seung
  • Writer: Kim Mee-Jeung, Kim Dae-Seung, Hwang Yoon-Jung
  • Producer: Park Sung-Il
  • Cinematographer: Hwang Ki-Suk
  • Release Date: June 6, 2012
  • Runtime: 122 min.
  • Genre: Drama / Period / Award Winning
  • Distributor: Lotte Entertainment
  • Language: Korean
  • Country: South Korea
  • Filming began November 3, 2011 and finished February 28, 2012.

    The Concubine plot

    Movie depicts a tragic love triangle story between Hwa-Yeon (Cho Yeo-Jeong), her true love Kwon-Yoo (Kim Min-Jun ) and the man who will be King (Kim Dong-Wook).

Prince Sungwon (Kim Dong-Wook) sees Hwa-Yeon (Cho Yeo-Jeong), the daughter of a wealthy nobleman, for the first time and falls in love, but Hwa-Yeon loves Kwon-Yoo (Kim Min-Jun). Kwon-Yoo saved her father's life and now lives with her family.

Meanwhile, Prince Sungwon's mother (Park Ji-Young) notices her son's infatuation with Hwa-Yeon, but she doesn't think Hwa-Yeon is good enough for her son. Prince Sungson's mother then schemes to have Hwa-Yeon become the concubine to her stepson the King (Jung Chan). Hwa-Yeon and her true love Kwon-Yoo run away when they learn of this plan, but are soon captured by her father's men. In order to save Kwon-Yoo's life, Hwa-Yeon agrees to become the King's Concubine.

Hwa-Yeon gives birth to a son a little bit less than a year later. She will then become a Queen. Several years later, the King becomes sick and dies suddenly. Prince Sungwon becomes the King, but his mother now wields true power. Hwa-Yeon then learns that the King's stepmother had the King killed to put Prince Sungwon on the throne. Hwa-Yeon also realizes that to survive in the royal palace and protect her own son, she will have to change.

King Sungwon is now agonized over his desires for his deceased brother's wife Hwa-Yeon and his mother's domineering ways. One day, Hwa-Yeon sees her true love Kwon-Yoo in the palace and he has now become an Eunuch.

The Concubine awards

  • Film Festivals
  • 2012 (17th) Busan International Film Festival - October 4-13, 2012 - Korean Cinema Today - Panorama
  • 2013 (12th) New York Asian Film Festival - June 28-July 15, 2013 *North American Premiere
  • Awards
  • Best Supporting Actress (Jo Eun-Ji) - 2013 (49th) BaekSang Arts Awards - May 9, 2013

comment for The Concubine

Korean palace halls this movie is beautifully portrayed. The acting was brilliant. The King's obsession and desperate actions and rash decisions along with conspiracies taking place throughout within the walls kept me on the edge.

The massive bloodshed and torture made me feel like I was back in the historical times. The Queen Hwa Yeon was a complete surprise package till the very end.

Though I would have preferred for the beginning of the movie to show the past of the three main characters with slightly more depth. I thought that portion was rushed and left me quite confused.

This is a wonderful movie to watch but be warned it has ADULT CONTENT in it.

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