The Throne

The Throne (2015)

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In the year of 1762, when King Yeong Jo of the Joseon dynasty's been ruling for 35 years already, Crown prince Sa Do is accused of plotting treason by his biological mother lady Yi. King Yeong Jo falls into a dilemma since he could not penalize his own son as a traitor as it would mean that he would become the father of a traitor threatening his throne, and ends up ordering read moreSa Do to take his own life. As Sa Do’s lieges oppose King Yeong Jo’s decision by putting their own lives at risk, King Yeong Jo locks Sa Do in a wooden rice chest to kill him.

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Another look over the ever-controversial war between Crown Prince Sado and his father King Yeong Jo, and all the heart-wrenching battles it has in store.

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Feb 12, 2016
  • Overall 10
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
An outstanding movie which follows a son-father relationship which is a very infamous story in Korean's history.
The ending isn't a surprise because it's a movie where you go knowing the heartbreaking truth, which is explained by a serie of flashbacks where we see Sado prince since he was little and how the relationship with his father keeps deteriorating with time. We have a proud father and a son who isn't "mad". read more The main question who as a viewer you're going to wonder is how can be a son that horrible to try to kill his father or how can be a dad that cruel to kill his son but when you finish the movie you'll realise that there isn't bad guys or good guys.

Last year was Yoo Ah In's year with two great movies which are veteran and the throne, I can't even rate the acting for this movie he did a great job not portraying a simple character instead showing us a complex human which isn't one dimensional. Of course we can't forget Song Kang Ho who is spectacular as always and let us see more than a simple king, it's a great portrayal of a person who is king and dad at the same time. I don't forget the supporting cast and special mention to Moon Geun Young who returns after 9 years to the big screen.

Music it's a haunting song who I keep hearing after watching this workf of art (actually it isn't a song but you'll understand it after watching the movie).

This isn't a movie that I would rewatch once in a while because it really punchs you in the face.

If you like Yoo Ah In or you're interested in korean history and you want a masterpiece this movie is a MUST WATCH.
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Sep 11, 2016
  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 9.5
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
The story about Yeongjo of Joseon and his late son with all the controversies around them is a legit background for any artwork. This story has been portrayed by many, over and over again, and no one get bored. Sometimes, Yeongjo is the hero and Sado is at fault. And sometimes, we gotta know Sado's best while Yeongjo at dark.

The Throne deliver the history differently. Despite the unchanging fact, the PD read more made us see what drove both our hero apart. We got to see how much Yeongjo longing of a filial son and decent successor, as well as Sado loneliness and his hope for his father's affection. This movie shows us a brand new side of the history. Where no one's at fault. And the pain lies within their own expectation of each other.

The production team brought the best of the story with an awesome script writing and support the intense story with proper music job. All together make The Throne was so much painful yet satisfying for us. Thus, rewatching The Throne is a big no for me because I'm not sure I would okay if I experience the intense and painful story once again.

Acting-wise, what did you hope when Song Kang Ho, Yoo Ah In, and Moon Geun Yong filled your screen with such emotion in their eyes? Only tears left me. And I'm contented with it.
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The protagonist this, King Jeongjo filme is a Prince Sado son's and it's a continuation of the filmd Sado, basically.
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The Royal Gambler is about King Yeongjo's early life and his succession to the throne and The Throne has the events that came later in his life.
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    Alaa 12 days ago

    I know this is a dumb question to ask, with the tag clearly states that this movie is a tragedy...
    but by any chance does this movie have a happy ending ?

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    Saps Aug 2, 2017

    I can't wait to see Yoo Ah In in more upcoming movies and dramas.

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    Panda Apr 26, 2017

    Yoo ah in is one of the few hotties that can act. This is the second prin e role ive seen of his and he portrayed each one differently while each of them had their conflict. I reall loved the movie and story of sado. Music and camera works were perfect.

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    circulate9oo Jan 9, 2017

    A really great movie, loved the acting and the storyline and it got me reading up on the actual history. The only thing that bothered me is the obviously fake prosthetic used on the cast...

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    etcetera Dec 29, 2016

    i like the ending where sa do's son dance in memories of his father. shitzzz i cried my eyeballs out. them feels were so real.

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    Kermit Dec 22, 2016

    Anyone else notice the PLASTIC SCISSORS at around 40 mins?? (still a great movie though)

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    bmore Oct 8, 2016

    His father gave him the posthumous title Sado, meaning "Thinking of with great sorrow." - Wiki

    Brilliant script and even more brilliant acting. Everything about this movie was ...brilliant (for lack of a better word). Historically it did gloss over Sado's mental illness. There seems to be ample historical documents to show he was guilty of heinous crimes of murder, rape and general viciousness. The progression of this behavior from a seemingly very intelligent child who, upon reaching his teen years, began exhibiting aberrant behaviors unusual to his normal self, today would be a huge flag for possible mental illness such as schizophrenia or severe manic depression. The terrible pressures put on a child who appears to have been gentle, artistic, loving, and more average than a future king was expected to be, would be the breaking point for such a fragile individual. And mental illness itself was practically a death sentence in those days anyway. No one could have done a better job portraying Sado than Yoo Ah In. His talent is God given and beyond comparison. There isn't a role he takes on that he doesn't pour his heart and soul into. I am in awe of the immense talent in that young man.

    Back to the movie itself. There wasn't a moment of the movie that didn't feel ominous to me. Since everyone knows the story going in, you'd think you would go into it with a certain apathy, but this movie, the way they edited it, was exceptional. They did an excellent job of cramming in so much into such a short time, yet I cannot help but feel the lack of 'more'. My own desires I guess, though, honestly, I don't think my heart and mind could take more than this movie inflicted on me. This speaks to the director as well as the cast and crew. The sights and sounds, costuming and music all contributed to a movie so very deserving of all the accolades and all the awards it so richly deserved.

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    EunSoo Sep 10, 2016 - edited

    Where can I watch this?

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    souldoc70 Sep 5, 2016

    Excellent movie with great directing, great cast and unforgettable soundtrack. Yoo Ah In truly deserves all the praises - his acting was impeccable! The last conversation between the King / father and Prince / son moved me so much that I will forever remember its impact. Highly recommended to watch

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    Dieu Aug 29, 2016

    This was a great movie i cried the whole movie no joke Yoo Ah In was amazing actor and moon geun young. The kids were really good i really recommend to watch this movie.

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    Tel Jul 27, 2016 - edited

    I like Yoo Ah IN, sad movie,excellent performance by Yoo Ah In..

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    MilenaDias Jul 24, 2016

    Esse filme é sensacional. A direção é perfeita e a forma que foi escrita também. A atuação de todos foi sensacional. Eu realmente não tenho do que reclamar aqui. Eu estou realmente impressionada como esse filme foi bom. É uma obra de arte.

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    Akna Jul 19, 2016

    Honestly, the best movie i've seen in a while. I love everything from the acting (maybe with the exception of Moon Geun Young) to a plot, #feels are real with this one.

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    marisols12 Jul 2, 2016

    What a Excellent movie, I'm left speechless...I give this a 20.

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    BrightestStar Mar 26, 2016 - edited

    First of all I love the directing, and the way they decided to tell the story. The soundtrack and music used was perfect to to portray the mindset of the prince and king. Despite being another central character in a historical setting, and also playing the role of a prince, Yoo Ah In's portrayal of the crown prince here is drastically different. He used the same amount of intensity but differently. Anyways loved it!

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      Tel Jul 27, 2016

      I agree on the sound track and music.. thats what made me shed the tears while watching this..


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    Sep 16, 2015
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    2 hr. 5 min.


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