Royal Concubine: Concubine of King

Royal Concubine: Concubine of King (2012)

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Prince Sung Won sees Hwa Yeon, the daughter of a wealthy nobleman, for the first time and falls in love, but Hwa Yeon loves Kwon Yoo. Kwon Yoo saved her father's life and now lives with her family. Meanwhile, Prince Sung Won's mother notices her son's infatuation with Hwa Yeon, but she doesn't think Hwa Yeon is good enough for her son. Prince Sung Son's mother then schemes to have Hwa Yeon read morebecome the concubine to her stepson the King.

  • Native title:

    후궁: 제왕의 첩
  • Also Known as:

    Hugoong: Jewangui Chub ; King's Concubine ; The Concubine

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Dec 2, 2013
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
A movie about human greed, punishment, desire and betrayal. Taking place inside the 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 read more 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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Nov 13, 2012
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
I'm still learning english ! I know it sucks ! please bear with me ;-)

Hey guys, a friend of mine recommended the korean movie Concubine of King and I thought i give it a shot. The movie contains a lot of sex scenes and what you get to see is comparable to any softporn. So I wasn’t sure if this movie is really good. Usually movies which contain erotic of this read more level are low budget productions and I thought this is another one. I was mistaken (again). The movie is high-class and is anything but trashy which amazed me. But there is one thing which confuses me I thought established actresses with a good carrier wouldn’t play such a role. I mean you get to see Jo Yeo Jung stark naked (which isn’t bad - she is beautiful). But then I found out that she starred in similar roles before (including being naked - “The Servant”)

“The film proved her fine taste in roles when, despite the hype, it was well-made and critically praised. Jo says that most of all, she wants to be seen as an adventurous and intriguing actress.”

Now I want to write something about the story. It’s basically about a king who has no say. The King is in love with the queen who was married to his brother (who was poisoned) But the queen is in love with someone else. A love triangle comes into being. The story is anything but innovative. I’m certain there are at least 20 movies with a similar story line. Just the end of the movie confuses me (the last scene). I’m sure everyone who watched this movie knows what I mean.
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Both involve corrupt politicians, crazy royals, and concubines. The Treacherous is a lot more gritty, but both explore themes of revenge, lust, greed, desire, and power.
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Both are intense historical and have love triangle. Royal Concubine is more intense, bloody and crazy in my view. I prefer A Frozen Flower because its more enjoyable.
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    Lita Aug 20, 2017

    It was like... porn

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    Emily Jun 28, 2017

    Depressing. I liked it. Didn't have as much of an impact or shock factor as I think they were going for, though.

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    KianaRose Feb 23, 2017

    I think this movie deserves a better score. It wasnt the best but it was good. But when I got to the ending I was like ..wait what? Why?! Also am I the only one that felt sorry for the king? I thought he was an OK guy lol

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    Room707 Nov 29, 2016 - edited

    This film had a really interesting and exciting storyline but because of the execution and the characterization, I wasn't fully engrossed in it.

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    JCDRANZER Oct 13, 2016 - edited
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    donkosala Feb 27, 2014

    I'm watching "Haeundae Lovers" and came to know about this. Honestly I didn't know any korean rated movies before this. To see "Jo Yeo Jung" in this would be a great feast to the eyes. I'm gonna watch it this weekend.

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    steph_ravita Aug 20, 2013

    That ending o.o
    Interesting movie though. For some reason, I really liked watching Sungwon's obsession and how desperate he became. I felt sorry for Kwon-Yoo though. All in all, I think it's worth a watch! :)

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      Lily2PM Apr 4, 2014
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    caramelyogurt Mar 30, 2013

    oh wow.. I don't know what to somehow change my perceptive in Korean dynasty that it is beautiful & inspiring..but now it made me think a lot that it is not always like that because under those colorful and amazing history lies the Dark & cruel story.

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      Jamira_dramaGAL Dec 2, 2013

      I don't think any society which has had a monarch(s) could have survived without bloodshed. Where there is unquestionable power with a title there will be wars and bloodshed because every human would be overcome with greed much like the case in this movie but you can see it even more clearly in the case of the servant Geum Ok who tried everything to be irreplaceable to the royal family even feed false information about her previous mistress and queen.

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    TheTranquilKnight Dec 24, 2012

    Very intense, brutal, bloody & crazy!

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    KateBison Nov 26, 2012 - edited
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      anglachelle Dec 24, 2012

      LOL Did you look that information up somewhere or it is just your observation? (But you just made my day, hehehe)

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      KateBison Dec 26, 2012

      i saw it xD watch the movie and you can see it also xDD hahahaha.. XDD

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      jxsilicon9 Jun 8, 2014

      Yea it was pretty obvious.

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    yeonji Sep 15, 2012

    tragic ending


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    South Korea
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  • Release Date:

    Jun 6, 2012
  • Duration:

    2 hr. 2 min.


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    7.0 (scored by 647 users)
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