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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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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32 people found this review helpful
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May 21, 2011
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
High powered tension, an intense love triangle, and imminent rebellion all come together to make a elaborate story I was certainly drawn into. I will admit, however, that the middle of the story seemed to drone on a tad bit and left me rather distracted, but it quickly picked up around the end as the plot unraveled and left me with my eyes glued to the screen.

The acting read more was absolutely superb in every sense of the word. I was completely and undeniably convinced they were who they said they were, and it's safe to say that it's rare for me to feel that way.

My only complaint is that I could've lived without the more inappropriate scenes...I felt they carried on for far too long when other more important things could've been happening.

Overall, this is definitely a movie worth seeing.
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These titles are similar because there is a need for an heir and in that desperation it is requested that another takes the place of another (because there is an inability to conceive) to ensure that an heir is produced.
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Both are period pieces with intense emotions. Acting is brilliant in both.
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    ama-ya 27 days ago

    wow.. I love the ending :) very satisfying :)

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    ama-ya 27 days ago

    omggggg I cant believe song jong ki, in sung and ji hyo are in all this! jong ki is sooo young!! hahaha

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    dini dino Aug 11, 2017

    wow so much familiar faces

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    joannesmith Jul 24, 2017 - edited
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    RodJun828 Apr 17, 2017

    I just watched this movie LMAO. I'm glad i didn't watch this before watching Emergency Couple. My experience would be different.

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    claudya87 Apr 13, 2017

    Now this movie was ..WOW. That kind that you won't see it coming. While I wouldn't normally watch this kind of movie, I liked the raw feelings of the main characters and trying to find answers to their actions kept be interested until the end.

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    EmpyreanConqueror Apr 11, 2017 - edited

    Umm so is the king gay? xd can someone spoil this for me please.

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      TianQi Apr 19, 2017
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      EmpyreanConqueror Apr 19, 2017

      If you have watched this could you spoil the ending for me, is it good or bad because I only watch dramas with good/happy endings.

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      TianQi Apr 20, 2017
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    LPA Apr 8, 2017

    Adult content. Not for minors or children. Excellent actors and storyline. Beautiful music and cinematography. Tragic and sad movie .

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    Lavendova Mar 27, 2017

    My heartu ;((((( soooo sad!

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    joannesmith Mar 24, 2017

    I thought it was a good movie and well-acted by Jo In Sung and Joo Jin Mo both. Good movie, script and frankly just the right amt of NSFW scenes IMO. If you are looking for a light-hearted movie or a standard romance movie, this is not it. Very complex emotional movie about obsession and the result of emotional decisions made by the heart.

    Also, if you are a Song Joong Ki fan, you see his face in the background a couple of times, that's it. Don't bother watching this flick to see him. I didn't watch for that purpose but happen to be a fan of his and was surprised he is even listed as a supporting character.

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    blacklatina Feb 27, 2017

    Good movie!

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    KianaRose Feb 23, 2017

    I had a really hard time picking a rating for this movie. I found it beautiful and I love historic movies but some scenes were super cringe worthy for me I kept hiding under my blankets lol. But it was a good movie overall. The very very last few minutes confused me though.

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    TianQi Feb 22, 2017 - edited
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    ExokExomExolove Feb 17, 2017

    I actually like the king and the general but at the same hated the king because his jealousy is making him do things that he doesnt have the right to do.

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    Serenalancelot Jan 30, 2017 - edited

    I love this movie. And it makes me get wet. And I feel sad too


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    South Korea
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  • Release Date:

    Dec 30, 2008
  • Duration:

    2 hr. 13 min.


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    7.7 (scored by 3,837 users)
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