In 1777, one year since he had taken reign, King Jeong-jo bears a perilous palace life with his dedicated court servant, Gap-soo, amidst opposition and threats from those around with political ambitions. Meanwhile, Eul-soo, a member of a secret assassin group, receives orders to kill Jeong-jo. Gap-soo, who had also been in the same secret assassin ring as Eul-soo, later confesses to Jeong-jo about his dark past and his motive for coming into the palace.
To Gap-soo’s surprise, Jeong-jo asks Gap-soo when he had given up being an assassin, then orders him to just leave the palace. However, Gap-soo finds out that there is another assassin besides him and frantically returns to the court, only to discover Eul-soo in combat with Jeong-jo.
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Cast Includes:Hyun Bin, Jeong Jae-young, Jo Jung-suk, Cho Jae-Hyeon, Han Ji-min, Kim Seong-Ryeong, and Park Sung-woong
Language:Korean w/ Eng Subtitles
Running Time:135 minutes
Release Date:May 23, 2014
Cast and Characters Descriptions (Source: Hancinema)
The King of Misfortune – King Jeong-jo (Hyun Bin)
Jeong-jo was the 22nd ruler of the Joseon Dynasty. As a young man, he was forced to witness the slow death of his father Crown Prince Sado, who was effectively executed by being placed in a wooden box by a royal decree from his grandfather King Yeong-jo. After Jeong-jo ascended the throne in 1776, he was caught in the fierce factional strife between the Noron and Soron power bases throughout his reign and continuously subject to threats to his life and palace intrigue. Despite these circumstances, Jeong-jo remained in power for almost 24 years and is noted for having carried out significant and innovative reforms.
The King’s Shadow – Sang-chaek (Jeong Jae-yeong)
King Jeong-jo’s trusty servant, Sang-chaek was hired at a young age to manage the king’s personal library. Since then, Sang-chaek has steadfastly been by Jeong-jo’s side through many life-threatening situations. Although Sang-chaek was originally sent into palace service in order to get close enough to kill Jeong-jo, after witnessing Jeong-jo’s true heart, he changes his allegiance and decides to protect Jeong-jo at all costs.
Deadliest Assassin in Joseon Dynasty – Sal-soo (Jo Jeong-seok)
Raised as a cold-blooded killer at a secret assassin society, Sal-soo is Joseon’s deadliest assassin. He eliminates his targets with ease and leaves no trace behind. Though at first he hesitates to take on task of assassinating King Jeong-jo, Sal-soo strikes a deal with his master that would set him free from the secret assassin society.
Venomous Conspirator – Dowager Queen Jeongsun (Han Ji-min)
Dowager Queen Jeongsun is King Yeong-jo’s second wife from the Noron faction and played a major role in influencing the execution of Crown Prince Sado, King Jeong-Jo’s father. She is one of the major co-conspirators in the assassination attempts against Jeong-jo.
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I want to see this but they still haven’t listed where in the Washington DC area they plan to show this! Here’s hoping it is here in Virginia and not way out in the woods of Maryland like the tend to do sometimes! Way too far for me to travel!! Cross your fingers!!