A Frozen Flower

A Frozen Flower (2008)

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Under the pressure of the Yuan Kingdom, the King of Goryeo is pressured to produce a successor to the throne. But the king is in love with his loyal general Hong Rim. After seriously pondering the issue, the king asks his lover Hong Rim to sleep with the Queen, with unexpected consequences.

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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Jun 15, 2012
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
I wasn't going to admit to watching this at first. Not that I'm a prude, but this movie isn't the typical Korean movie. First of all, this is NOT a family movie. Pretty much the whole first half is about sex. The story is original to me, but I’m not that experienced with Korean movies. I thought it was interesting and the ending was great.

Forget the story…
I was totally floored read more that Song Ji Hyo of Goong and Running Man was in this and doesn’t leave much to the imagination. CRAZY!!! I will never be able to watch Running Man again the same way.
Next there is Jo In Sung who doesn’t leave much to the imagination either and let me just say that even if it is slightly embarrassing it is well worth the look. I had just watched What Happened in Bali and I was not prepared for his role in this movie. I actually kind of felt sorry for his character, because he ended up totally confused and hurt.
Joo Jin Mo is the King in this and I thought he did a really good job. He’s not hard on the eyes either.

Anyway, this isn’t a horrible movie. It isn’t something I typically watch and to be totally honest I would not have watched it if I had known that there was going to be…um…explicit scenes. It just isn’t my thing. I’m not entirely sure if I am comfortable recommending that others watch it either. How about this…watch at your own risk. :-)
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7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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Jan 11, 2015
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
I started this film for two reasons; the cast and the fact that it's a sageuk. But this is no ordinary historical film with an outstanding cast.
The first thing I have to point out that this drama might not suit everybody's taste. It's TOO real, the bloodshed scenes, the battle scenes and the love scenes. If you can't get too real, don't start it.
Minors, skip this film.
So it's Goryeo read more –back before they tied their hair up, to our great advantage- and the king (Joo Jin Mo) is under the threat of losing his authority as an active king since Yuan –the empire in control- wants an heir to the throne. The king can't have an heir due to the fact that he's homosexual. (Again, if you cannot accept or respect homosexuality, don't start this). The king's lover and the one who's captured his heart for a long time is the Chief of the king's guards; Hong Lim (Zo In Sung).
Yeah I know!! When these are the two leads!!
With his country and throne on the line, the king resorts to one last option. He decides to make someone impregnate his wife (Song Ji Hyo). Only trusting in his loyal lover and friend, he gives Hong Lim the task. As Hong Lim and the queen make love trying to conceive, a new world opens up to them, and the tragedy starts.
Faced by betrayal, loneliness, abandoment, the king seeks revenge against everyone; first of all, against the one who meant the world to him, Hong Lim.
The story is too real it got me totally absorbed in the suffering of everyone. I couldn't not sympathise with everyone. The absurdity of life is inscribed on every scene. The sense of loss and how it empties us of our souls is engraved on the characters' forheads.
Regardless of the nudity and the sexually explicit scenes, the film is worth watching. It's too painfully awe-aspiring.
The cast did a great job here and I applaud every single person.
Well, I know that Song Joong Ki and No Min Woo are in the cast. Well they are there, almost with no dialgoue or screen time but it was so fun trying to spot them out of the other guards.
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A very tragic and sad love story, deserves a watch!!
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    Gia 12 days ago

    This is my favourite movie in the whole wide world, Second to Butterfly. <3 _ <3

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    iamsarah 15 days ago

    This is was a crazy twisted yet sad love story!

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    phyra Dec 15, 2014

    damn i just cant get over those scenes easily

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    Byeol Dec 2, 2014
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      MinaVIP Dec 21, 2014
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    yourebeautiful Nov 18, 2014

    Im about to re watch it just for jo in sung. Missed noticing him the first time...hahahaha. ..

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    rachso Oct 1, 2014

    I will always love this movie. the story was twisted

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    ReyBo Sep 19, 2014

    so many porn scenes**
    Oh god i parely breath
    i love it :"

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      Gia 12 days ago

      LOL i was the same!!!!

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    Rike Jul 16, 2014

    I didn't like the ending, but not because it was bad executed. I don't like such endings in general. And in the middle I think it was repeating itself a little bit.
    But the rest of this movie, was just spectacular. I had goosebumps watching! The acting was great!

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    MinaVIP Jun 20, 2014

    Awesome movie <3 Not recommeded to people who can't handle sex-scenes though :s you've been warned.

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    Mary28 Apr 22, 2014

    Two hottest men alive, a bed scene, song ji hyo and all great actors. Who wouldn't watch?

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    reihane Apr 16, 2014

    I don't like this movie...
    It was unmeaning

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    Jax Apr 10, 2014

    It's an alright movie. I liked the story and I'm always a fan of historical settings. I have to say though, the sex scenes were a...a bit much. At first they may have contributed towards the emotions and concepts the film wanted to convey, but soon it became just plain unnecessary tbh. After a while they no longer felt like they added substance to the movie at all, and dragged on for far longer than was needed, thus becoming redundant. There were so many more important things that could have been shown instead :/ But despite that, this is still a pretty good movie. The actors especially did a great job portraying their roles. And Joo Jin Mo really suits playing king roles~ I find it amusing how he's a Goryeo king both here and in Empress Ki :D


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    South Korea
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  • Release Date:

    Dec 30, 2008
  • Duration:

    2 hr. 13 min.


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    7.6 (scored by 2,348 users)
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