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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10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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Aug 7, 2012
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
What a Great Movie! Frozen Flower was a masterful piece of storytelling and allowing them to grow subtly into jealousy, obsession and rage. The three lead characters are fascinating, all struggling with identity, sexuality and duty, and although a villain of sorts does emerge, the film is deeply humanistic and sympathetic. The balances emotional intrigue with court machinations, working in plenty of conspiracies and plotting involving enemies both inside and outside the read more palace, and the narrative is rewarding complex. Although there is a certain inevitability as to the conclusion, the film is tense and gripping throughout, with a number of twists along the way.
The film features a number of graphic sex scenes, both heterosexual and homosexual, and a great deal of nudity. As such it is a very adult film in every sense of the word, and is really only for open minded viewers, though these scenes are never gratuitous, playing a vital role in the story.The sex scenes are beautifully shot and artistic, with the three leads all giving committed and brave performances, especially Jo In Sung, who is excellent as the increasingly tormented Hong Rim in a very difficult role.
Although the film is long, coming in at nearly two and a half hours, it is well paced and could easily have been longer. The film is also a bloody, visceral affair, with scenes of battles, violent swordplay and shocking torture, which further adds to the tension and helps to keep things entertaining.
However, it is the characters and their emotional journeys that really drive the film and make Frozen Flower so memorable. Deserving to be known for more than just its sexual content, it sees Yoo Ha continuing his impeccable run of form and delivering one the most challenging and engaging films of recent years.
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Apr 4, 2013
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
OK, I read the reviews first, so no surprise at the mature content.

At first I thought the story line would be a bit cliched...typical love interest and jealousies etc. So, I was pleasantly surprised by the realistic emotions and feelings that the main cast leads the viewer as the film progresses. True, I thought stars like Jo In Sung and Song Hi Hyo would not have needed to bare all for read more such a film as this - and I don't believe there was a need for so many such scenes - but they bring out the emotions.

The way the film was shot - use of color, close-ups, music and visuals - was top-notch. I especially loved the way the eyes and the face were used as instruments for conveying urgency, passion, fear and anger. The fight scenes also get a thumbs-up.
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A very tragic and sad love story, deserves a watch!!
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Both films involve a love triangle of some sort riddled with high tension, jealousy, and royal scandals.
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    rachso 25 days ago

    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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    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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    heavenlene May 14, 2014


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    peacewon May 1, 2014
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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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    OkriSama Apr 7, 2014

    I Feel so Not Innocent anymore T^T

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    Hyung Feb 2, 2014
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      Herbalis Feb 3, 2014
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      sam30317 Feb 20, 2014
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      Herbalis Feb 28, 2014

      I know right!!! lol

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      MizTK Mar 28, 2014

      This comment is L.I.F.E LOOOOL XD @sam30317

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      Rosie Jul 2, 2014
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    Herbalis Jan 16, 2014

    Loved everything about it. Joo Jin Mo is such an intense actor and Jo In Sung...wow...Definitely a good re-watch down the line.

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    Stanulienka Jan 12, 2014

    First of all, great plot, great cast, great acting, the costumes are to die for, seriously very enjoyable. Also, I'm not 12 anymore and I liked the sex scenes as well. To be honest, I respected Ji Hyo before, now I respect her even more. Well done.


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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 2,146 users)
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