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The Concubine (후궁 : 제왕의 첩)

후궁 : 제왕의 첩 (Hoo-goong: Je-wang-eui Cheob)

Directed by Kim Dae-seung (김대승)

Screenplay by , ,

Drama Historical

122min | Release date in South Korea :

Previously known as "The Emperor's Concubine" on HanCinema
Living a torturous life of povery and barely able to survive, Hwa-yeon (Jo Yeo-jeong) decides to offer herself as one of the king’s concubines. Once inside the royal palace, two men are immediately seized by the woman -- the Grand Prince Seong-won (Kim Dong-wuk), a megalomaniacal ruler drunk with power and lust, and Kwon-yoo (Kim Min-joon), who has everything to lose if his desire for Hwa-yeon is exposed. As political intrigue begins to infiltrate this love triangle, the palace is revealed as hell-like space of passion and obsession from which any of these characters will be lucky to emerge from still alive.


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  • [HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.11.30 ~ 2012.12.02

    HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review (2012.11.30 ~ 2012.12.02) Jo Sung-hee's triumphant fantasy drama "A Werewolf Boy" finally relinquishes the top spot after four weeks as Korea's choice film. The film was pushed down the line by Jo Geun-hyeon's action drama "26 Years" which claimed the lion's share of the ticket sales with 663,709. Jo Geun-hyeon has worked on the production of a number of successful Korea films (e.g. "A Tale of Two Sisters" and "The Concubine") but "26 Years" is his first major attempt at directing. His film stars Jin Goo, Han Hye-jin, Seulong, and Lee Kyeong-yeong in an action drama about an elite team tasked with convicting the "the person" responsible for the 1980 Gwangju massacre,...More
  • Is Nudity Still a Box-Office Draw?

    2012/11/09, Source,
    Testing the legal limits of screen nudity can often be an effective way to publicize a new film, and getting a star to show as much skin as possible is a shortcut to wide media coverage. But increasingly there are signs that such marketing strategies no longer guarantee success. Evidence to the contrary might be provided by a look at the box office performance of movies released this year that drew a lot of attention for nudity. "A Muse", which drew attention for nude scenes by rookie Kim Go-eun-I, managed to pull 1.35 million moviegoers. "The Scent", starring Park Si-yeon, drew 1.25 million viewers, while "The Concubine" starring Jo Yeo-jeong attracted 2.64 million,...More
  • [HanCinema's Film Talk] Is Korean Cinema Soft on Sex?

    I don't know what it was exactly about the sex scene in Kim Dae-woo's 2010 remake of the "The Servant" that captivated my interest and senses. Perhaps it was the enchanting realisation/sexual release of the film's own internal eroticisms and sexual pressures or, admittedly, the 'cinematic purity' of the act itself as expressed through both the Choon-hyang's erotised body. Indeed, Jo Yeo-jeong's physical facets, and willingness, have contributed to her popularity as an actress both in Korea and abroad. I am not, however, so brave as to say that she might have inadvertently typecasted herself as Korea's own cinematic exhibitionist, but her recent role in Kim Dae-seung's "The Concubine" seemed to play off that image as an 'erotic icon' as her sexual agency was, once again, commodified through another historical Korean drama that taunted and teases its way through the prickly plane of sexual representation. "The Concubine" did not, however, managed to encapsulate the culture depth and erotic significance of Kim Dae-woo's modernised enactment of the Korean myth of Chann-hyang. In fact, the representation of sexual acts in recent years has seemed to be unable to transgress from Korea's own modern conservatism,...More
  • Jo Yeo-jeong Says Acting Lets Her Explore Her Hidden Self

    2012/10/06, Source,
    Actress Jo Yeo-jeong has kept herself very busy over the last two years, having appeared in two films -- "The Servant" and "The Concubine" -- and two TV dramas, "I Need Romance" and more recently "Haeundae Lovers". After wrapping up the drama "Haeundae Lovers", set in the southern coastal city of Busan, Jo said, "I struggled a little at first, as viewers kept drawing attention to my unnatural Busan dialect,...More
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 Produced by
 Hwang Yoon-jeong (황윤정)
 Hwang Yoon-jeong (황윤정)
 Production department
 Hwang Ki-seok (황기석)
 Jo Yeong-wook (조영욱)
 Jo Geun-hyeon (조근현)
 Art director
 Kim Sang-beom (김상범)
 Kim Jae-beom (김재범)
122 min 
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Airing dates : 2012/06/06
South Korean Box Office
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As of 2012.08.05 : 2 630 107  admissions (total)
As of 2012.07.22 : 2 629 206 admissions (total)
As of 2012.07.15 : 2 616 304 admissions (total)
As of 2012.07.08 : 2 569 389 admissions (total)
As of 2012.07.01 : 2 452 996 admissions (total)
As of 2012.06.24 : 2 187 960 admissions (total)
As of 2012.06.17 : 1 720 817 admissions (total)
As of 2012.06.10 : 987 615 admissions (total)
As of 2012.05.27 : 7 104 admissions (total)
As of 2012.05.20 : 355 admissions (total)

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FTW sex scenes! lol.
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