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The Crowned Clown 

Wang-i doin nam-ja (original title)
The story takes place in Joseon period, when power struggles surrounding the throne had reached extreme levels. In order to escape those who plan to assassinate him, the King puts a clown, who looks exactly like him, on the throne.




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Series cast summary:
Jin-gu Yeo ...  Clown Ha Seon / ... 16 episodes, 2019
Se-yeong Lee ...  Queen Yoo So Woon 16 episodes, 2019
Sang-kyung Kim ...  Yi Kyu [Chief Royal Secretary] 16 episodes, 2019
Hae-hyo Kwon Hae-hyo Kwon ...  Shin Chi Soo [Left State Councilor] 16 episodes, 2019
Gwang Jang ...  Eunuch Jo [King's aide] 16 episodes, 2019
Hye-Young Jung Hye-Young Jung ...  Woon Shim [Courtesan] 16 episodes, 2019
Young-nam Jang Young-nam Jang ...  Queen Dowager 16 episodes, 2019
Jong-Seok Yun Jong-Seok Yun ...  Jang Moo Young [Royal Officer] 16 episodes, 2019
Ha-Nee Oh Ha-Nee Oh ...  Ae Young [Queen's aide] 16 episodes, 2019
Kyung-ho Yoon Kyung-ho Yoon ...  Gap Soo [Ha Seon's friend] 16 episodes, 2019
Soo-Yun Shin Soo-Yun Shin ...  Dal Lae [Ha Seon's sister] 16 episodes, 2019
Yoon Ah Seo Yoon Ah Seo ...  Sun Hwa Dang [Concubine] 16 episodes, 2019


Joseon is in a state of disorder due to uprisings and a power struggle surrounding King Yi Heon. To avoid assassination, a clown named Ha Sun is brought to the palace to take the place of King Yi Heon. Ha Sun looks almost identical to King Lee Hun. When Ha Sun was a child, his parents died during an epidemic. Ha Sun almost died from starvation around that time, but he was saved by a group of clowns. Ha Sun grew up with the clowns and became one of them. During their performance, Ha Sun would play King Yi Heon due to their similar physical appearance. Now, Ha Sun is nervous that someone in the palace will find out he is not the real king. He falls for beautiful Queen Yoo So Woon. ~~The drama adaptation of "Masquerade", is a story that takes inspiration from "The Prince and the Pauper" by Mark Twain. (Source: AsianWiki, HanCinema) Written by MyDramaList

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Drama | History | Romance



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Release Date:

7 January 2019 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Gwang-hae, the Man Who Became King See more »

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Studio Dragon See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Remake of Masquerade (2012) See more »


Performed by Seul-gi Kang
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Good Enough
7 March 2019 | by pennyelenabooksSee all my reviews

The Crowned Clown surpasses the movie masquerade in every level. The story was presented more in depth and the characters were complex and interesting. I especially liked that the twists were simple and not that many. Thus, the story's flow was smooth and it concentrated more on the main story of the clown. The highlight of this drama, however, was the leading actor's performance. The duality of the characters he presented was so distinguish and yet he managed to performe each character beautifully. Another plus of this drama was the romance that was sweet and simple. However, the drama did got boring towards the ending. In addition, the twist in the very end was kind of unnecessary and cliche.

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