The Throne (film)

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The Throne
PrinceSado2015.jpg
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Sado
Directed by Lee Joon-ik
Produced by Oh Seung-hyeon
Written by Cho Chul-hyun
Oh Seung-hyeon
Lee Song-won
Starring Song Kang-ho
Yoo Ah-in
Moon Geun-young
Music by Bang Jun-seok
Cinematography Kim Tae-gyeong
Edited by Kim Sang-bum
Kim Jae-bum
Distributed by Showbox/Mediaplex
Release date
  • 16 September 2015 (2015-09-16)
Running time
125 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Budget US$8.3 million
Box office US$949.8 million[1]

The Throne (Hangul사도; RRSado) is a 2015 South Korean historical period drama film directed by Lee Joon-ik, starring Song Kang-ho and Yoo Ah-in.[2][3][4][5] Set during the reign of King Yeongjo, the film is about the life of Crown Prince Sado, the heir to the throne who was deemed unfit to rule and, at age 27, was condemned to death by his own father by getting locked in a rice chest for eight days until he suffocated and starved.[6][7][8][9][10]

The Throne won three awards at the 35th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards, including Best Film.[11][12] It was also selected as the South Korean entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards but it was not nominated.[13][14]

Plot[edit]

The film is set in the Joseon period, wherein a king tries to teach his son the way of being an eligible prince and a competent king. Confucianism is the base of Joseon kingdom, but the son has failed to absorb it and is involved in arts, dancing and dozing away from alcoholism. Efforts made by the king to straighten out his son only result in a bitter end. The king in his late age, losing hope in his son, trains his grandson for the position. The grandson excels in these aspects, making the king happy. In a drunken fury from bitterness and regret, the prince rushes to the palace one night to assassinate the king. But hearing conversations between his son and king make him aware of what he is doing and he drops his sword. The king, who initially tries to forgive, is manipulated by some members of the palace officials and ministers into thinking that the prince is beyond reckless and not worthy of being future king. The king orders his son to be locked in a rice box until his death; on the eighth day the prince dies, and ceremonies are held. The king moves to a secluded place for retirement. The palace is left in care of the officials and queens. After 14 years, the grandson meets with his grandfather, who advises him to be vigilant and be aware of the difference between emotions and principle. After the grandfather passes away, the grandson, now king, honors his father at his grave and his mother as his late father honored his mother. Both the son and mother shed tears of pride.

The film is essentially a portrayal of a power struggle between a narcissistic father and his emotionally abused son, who initially strives to earn his father's love and admiration, but rebels against his father once he realizes that he can never please his father nor truly earn his respect. At every opportunity, the king-father publicly belittles and humiliates his son before his governing subjects, making the regent-son question his own self-worth. The power-hungriness, contempt, violence, and the narcissistic need to subjugate and humiliate is made quite evident in the interactions of the king with his son.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Filming began on 8 July 2014.[15] The Throne is Moon Geun-young's first film in 8 years.[16]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

The Throne opened in South Korea on 16 September 2015. By October 25, it has grossed ₩48.7 billion (US$42,9 million) from 6.23 million admissions.[17][18][19]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2015
35th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards[20]
Best Film The Throne Won
Best Actor Yoo Ah-in Nominated
Best Screenplay Cho Chul-hyun,
Oh Seung-hyeon,
Lee Song-won
Won
Best Music Bang Jun-seok Won
Top 10 Films of the Year The Throne Won
15th Korea World Youth Film Festival[21]
Most Favorite Actor Yoo Ah-in Won
52nd Grand Bell Awards[22]
Best Film The Throne Nominated
Best Director Lee Joon-ik Nominated
Best Actor Yoo Ah-in Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Kim Hae-sook Won
36th Blue Dragon Film Awards[23][24]
Best Film The Throne Nominated
Best Director Lee Joon-ik Nominated
Best Actor Song Kang-ho Nominated
Yoo Ah-in Won
Best Supporting Actress Jeon Hye-jin Won
Best Screenplay Cho Chul-hyun,
Oh Seung-hyeon,
Lee Song-won
Nominated
Best Cinematography Kim Tae-gyeong Won
Best Editing Kim Sang-bum,
Kim Jae-bum
Nominated
Best Art Direction Kang Seung-yong Nominated
Best Lighting Hong Seung-cheol Won
Best Music Bang Jun-seok Won
19th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival[25]
Grand Prix Lee Joon-ik Won
Best Music Bang Jun-seok Won
5th SACF Artists of the Year Awards[26]
Artistic Impression in Motion Pictures Award Yoo Ah-in Won
The Korea Film Actors Association Awards[27]
Top Star Award Yoo Ah-in Won
Best Director Award Lee Joon-ik Won
2016
7th Korean Film Reporters Association Awards (KOFRA)[28]
Best Film The Throne Won
Best Actor Yoo Ah-in Won
Best Supporting Actress Jeon Hye-jin Won
20th Satellite Awards
Best Foreign Language Film The Throne Nominated
Best Costume Design Shim Hyun-seob Nominated
10th Asian Film Awards[29]
Best Original Music Bang Jun-seok Nominated
Best Costume Design Lee Ji-yeon,
Shim Hyun-seob
Won
Next Generation Award Yoo Ah-in Won
21st Chunsa Film Art Awards[30]
Grand Prix (Best Director) Lee Joon-ik Won
Best Original Screenplay Cho Chul-hyun Won
Best Actor Yoo Ah-in Won
Best Supporting Actress Jeon Hye-jin Nominated
52nd Baeksang Arts Awards
Nominated
Best Actor (Film) Song Kang-ho Nominated
Yoo Ah-in Nominated
25th Buil Film Awards
Best Supporting Actress Jeon Hye-jin Nominated
Best Art Direction Kang Seung-yong Nominated
Best Music Bang Joon-seok Nominated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Throne". KOFIC. Retrieved 2016-04-15. 
  2. ^ Jin, Eun-soo (14 August 2015). "New take on King Yeongjo and Prince Sado". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "The Throne filmmaker speaks highly of actor Song". The Korea Herald. 3 September 2015. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  4. ^ Jin, Eun-soo (11 September 2015). "Movie tells timeless tale of father-son dispute". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  5. ^ Won, Ho-jung (16 September 2015). "Herald Review: The Throne brings royal strife down to Earth". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 6 October 2015. 
  6. ^ Kim, Hee-eun (3 April 2014). "Song Kang-ho joins Lee Joon-ik film". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  7. ^ Conran, Pierce (9 April 2014). "SONG Kang-ho Boards New LEE Joon-ik Film". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  8. ^ Kim, Hee-eun (14 May 2014). "Yoo Ah-in set for Sado role?". Korea Joongang Daily. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  9. ^ Jeon, Su-mi (26 May 2014). "Moon Geun Young, Yoo Ah In and Song Kang Ho Confirmed for Film Sado". enewsWorld. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  10. ^ Baek, Byung-yeul (18 August 2014). "Same role, different actors". The Korea Times. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  11. ^ Park, So-jung (28 October 2015). "The Throne rakes in three film critics' awards". Yonhap. Retrieved 6 November 2015. 
  12. ^ Conran, Pierce (2 November 2015). "THE THRONE Tops Korean Association of Film Critics Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 6 November 2015. 
  13. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (1 September 2015). "Oscars: South Korea Submits The Throne for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  14. ^ "The Throne picked as Korean candidate for Academy Awards' foreign language film award". Yonhap. 2 September 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  15. ^ "Song Kang Ho and Yoo Ah In's New Film Sado Holds First Shooting". Soompi. 18 July 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  16. ^ Conran, Pierce (13 May 2014). "YOO Ah-in and MOON Geun-young Confirmed for SADO". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  17. ^ Ma, Kevin (5 October 2015). "Intern climbs ladder at South Korea box office". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  18. ^ "The Throne Racks Up 2 Million Viewers in a Week". The Chosun Ilbo. 23 September 2015. Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  19. ^ Ma, Kevin (26 October 2015). "The Phone rings up South Korea box office". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 11 November 2015. 
  20. ^ "35th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Winners". Hancinema. Retrieved 2016-04-15. 
  21. ^ "유아인 박보영 류승완…청소년 뽑은 인기영화인 선정" (in Korean). Asiae. 2015-10-22. Retrieved 2016-04-15. 
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  23. ^ "Who are the winners of 36th Blue Dragon Film Awards?". Kpopherald. 2015-11-27. Retrieved 2016-04-15. 
  24. ^ "36th Blue Dragon Awards] 'The Assassination' awarded Best Film: Complete list of winners". Retrieved 2016-04-15. 
  25. ^ "Tallinn Black Nights awards winners". FilmNewEurope.com. 2015-11-28. Retrieved 2016-04-15. 
  26. ^ "Actor Namgung Won gets lifetime achievement award". The Korea Herald. 2015-12-08. Retrieved 2016-04-15. 
  27. ^ "Actor Yoo Ah-in had the best year". Korea JoongAng Daily. 2015-12-26. Retrieved 2016-04-15. 
  28. ^ "Korean reporters pick 'The Throne' as best film of 2015". Kpopherald. 2016-01-21. Retrieved 2016-04-15. 
  29. ^ "Celebrities light up Asian Film Awards". China Daily. 2016-03-18. Retrieved 2016-04-15. 
  30. ^ "2016 춘사영화상, '사도'-'암살' 사이좋게 2관왕" (in Korean). DongA. 2016-04-05. Retrieved 2016-04-15. 

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