The King

The King (2017)

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What is it like for a person of power to live in Korean society? Apparently, it’s like being royalty.
From childhood, Park Tae Soo yearned for power. Born in a poor family, he reigned over fellow students with his fist before he caught a glimpse of what he called “real power” -- the sight of his thug father being beaten up by a pencil-neck prosecutor. It was then that he decided to read morepursue a career in law, the biggest symbol of power in the 90’s. After entering the most prestigious law school, experiencing democratic resistance in Korea, Tae Soo finally reaches his goal of becoming a prosecutor, but his life is no better than a salary man. By chance, he joins a clique of the powerful prosecutors with wealth and authority. He finally gets a taste of a life of the top hierarchy, but as he enjoys the sweetness of supremacy, he also sees the cruel side of it. Tae Soo soon realizes that real power comes at a price: forfeiting one’s conscience and pride. Entering star prosecutor Han Kang Shik’s inner circle, he slowly commences on a descent into corruption and ascent to power.

  • Native title:

    더 킹
  • Also Known as:

    Deo King

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Mar 26, 2017
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
If you like the exploration into corruption of power within people you're going to love this film.

This was a very interesting film, it explores what happens to corrupted people and consequences made to those people, however, the main protagonist Tae-soo (Played by Jo In sung) contrasts from other corrupted characters you see in other movies and dramas.

This movie is definitely original and well created, it'll give you all different kinds read more of emotions (if you get emotional throughout good films/dramas like me)

Also, Doo il (Played by Ryu Jun yeol) d a m n b oi, he looks fine af as a gangster, if you're a fan of Ryu Jun yeol you'll be sitting there waiting for him to come on scene because daMN.

I highly recommend this film, it's hard to talk about it without giving away spoilers but you won't be disappointed, this is a great film.
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Mar 6, 2017
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
wow just wow!! i mean how can it not be ..with such power house of talents

jo in sung - never ceases to amaze me....every time he acts he owns the natural..not to mention his good looks
jung woo sung is so deadly & menacing..he fits the role to the T
but its ryu jun yeol who actually steals your heart ...a very nice role

on the whole this a well read more written & well casted movie ..there is no way that it will go wrong
highly recommend this :)
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Both show the gritty side of The Republic of South Korea as it developed. Though, The King takes place 20 years later when transitioning from a dictatorship to a democracy took place. Corruption plagued both eras.
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    Paulina Jul 23, 2017

    Does anyone knows where I can find soundtrack to this film? ^^

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    joannesmith Jul 4, 2017

    Exceptionally done. Jung Woo Sung and Jo In Sung were crazy good in this. And Ryu Joon Yeol, who's character I rooted for in Reply 1988, was a joy to watch in this sophisticated role. I hope this gets him more and more roles with the caliber of these two. Definitely a 10.

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    rina285 Jul 1, 2017

    Politics and law hijinks made fun and moving! Completely satisfying. 10/10

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    souldoc70 Jun 28, 2017 - edited

    Great movie! Story is not something new but the storytelling ,cinematography and directing was awesome. Especially a superb main cast- Jo In Sung made the role his, Ryu Joon Yeol made his character memorable, Jung Woo Sung and Bae Sung Woo were menacing .Four of them had superb chemistry- I highly recommend if you like this kind of movie and definitely not miss it if you are JIS's fan

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    iamgeralddd Jun 27, 2017

    Ryu Jun Yeol stole my heart in this one..

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    Tsukune Jun 17, 2017
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    SmileHoney Jun 14, 2017

    This movie would have been really good if there wasn't constant narration throughout. To me, it wasn't a film but an audiobook with visual entertainment. As a friend put it, I don't like it when a movie "leads me by the nose". It was quite unnecessary except for the last ten minutes of the piece, and created a disconnection from the awesome cinematography and acting, interesting characters, and decent plot. Ryu Jun Yeol was exceptional.

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    Manpreet Jun 9, 2017

    ryu jun yeol <3 <3 I unerstan now why he got the best newcomer award with this movie

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    bmore Apr 23, 2017

    Good movie with 2 of my most favorite actors. But I had a solid disconnect from it. Maybe it was just my mood. This should have been my kind of movie, but I struggled with it. On one hand it's a great production and terrific acting and a really good story. But I was just glad when it was over and I could cross it off my list. It's a 7.5 for me overall.

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    Panda Apr 13, 2017

    zo in sung is my favorite actor ever but its pretty obvious jung woo sung has more acting experience i loved the movie gave it 9

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    iamsarah Apr 6, 2017

    This film was majestically Debeak. The cinematography elements in this film were excellently fused together and made the story all the more eye-catching. Let's not forget the charismatic casts that grabbed my attention and made my eyes and ears to fall upon them. One of the best movies I have watched this year. A 10/10, definitely a masterpiece.

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    evildodo Mar 30, 2017 - edited
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    inspirit91 Mar 18, 2017 - edited

    I enjoyed watching this movie because the plot is quite different from what I expected at first. But it's not mind-blowing either. This movie was well-written because it didn't get messy. The casting for this movie is awesome. Overall, a good movie !

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    Mary28 Mar 17, 2017

    The script wasn't anything new, but it was such a fun movie to watch because this show was packed with great and awesome cast members that I have been waiting to reappear.

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    Targaryen Mar 12, 2017

    fantastic movie.


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    South Korea
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  • Release Date:

    Jan 18, 2017
  • Duration:

    2 hr. 37 min.


  • Score:

    8.1 (scored by 369 users)
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