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The Throne (2015)

Sado (original title)
Set in 18th century Korea, long-ruling King Yeongjo's struggle with his son, Sado, sees the king take extreme measures in order to deal with his heir.

Director:

Joon-ik Lee

Writers:

Cheol-Hyeon Jo (screenplay), Song-won Lee (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kang-ho Song ... King Yeongjo
Ah-in Yoo ... Crown Prince Sado
Geun-young Moon ... Lady Hyegyeong
Hae-sook Kim ... Queen Inwon (as Hae-suk Kim)
Won-Sang Park Won-Sang Park ... Hong Bong-han (as Won-sang Park)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ji-seong Eom Ji-seong Eom ... Crown Prince Sado (young) (as Ji Sung Uhm)
Hye-jin Jeon ... Yeong-bin, Lady Yi
Ji-hee Jin ... Princess Hwawan
So-dam Park ... Lady Moon
Ye-ji Seo Ye-ji Seo ... Queen Jeongsun
Ji-seob So ... King Jeongjo
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Storyline

Over a period of eight days, an 18th. century Korean king punishes his only son for attempted regicide. Flashbacks reveal the chain of events that led the son to rebel against his father in this tale of the strained relationships that exist between all fathers (who want their sons to grow into fine and competent men) and their sons (who struggle to prove themselves in order to earn their fathers' respect and approval). Written by FourByFour

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Drama | History

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

16 September 2015 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

A trón See more »

Filming Locations:

Seoul, South Korea

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$42,165,755
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Production Co:

Tiger Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Based on true historic event called 'Im-o-hwa-byeon' in 1762, which King Yeongjo decreeing Crown prince to climb into and be sealed within a large wooden rice chest. Crown prince died eight days later. See more »

Quotes

King Yeongjo: [leaning against the rice chest his dead son is locked in, weeping] You... my silly boy... Why did you have to... commit this atrocity?
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As Flowers Bloom And Fall
Performed by Seung-woo Cho
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Fathers and Sons
18 February 2018 | by fourbyfour-72864See all my reviews

Superb acting, beautiful costuming, elaborate sets, and engrossing locations mark this powerful tale of the strained relationships that exist between all fathers and their sons.

Over a period of eight days, an 18th. century Korean king punishes his only son for attempted regicide. Flashbacks reveal the chain of events that led the son to rebel against his father while the women and courtiers who love them both struggle to deal with the growing conflict.

What works for The Throne is that the movie evinces a common family psychological dynamic that exists between almost all fathers and their sons, but the dynamic is amplified by the fact that the family in question is a royal family and the stakes are higher. As all fathers struggle to challenge and build their sons without breaking them and as all sons endeavor to prove themselves and earn their fathers' seemingly unattainable respect, The Throne shows us how severe that dynamic can be when the fate of an entire country is at stake.

There is something for everyone in The Throne as fathers and sons might learn something about the other side's feelings and motivations while other family members and friends can relate to the helpless frustration of watching their loved ones fight each other.

With all of that psychoanalysis stated, The Throne also delivers exceptionally well for viewers who enjoy lavish costume dramas about royal families and their courtiers and/or period pieces about Asian history and culture. In summary, The Throne is excellent story telling.


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