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 orderingSa 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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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".
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.
The Throne deliver the history differently. Despite the unchanging fact, the PD 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.