The King (더 킹)


It’s not pretty staying in power.

After seeing his father being brought to his knees by a prosecutor Park Tae Soo (Jo In Sung) decides to become one himself. He believes that being a prosecutor will give him power and an easy life. However reality disappoints him. Then he is given a chance to go for the ultimate power and wealth with the help of a legendary prosecutor Han Kang Shik (Jung Woo Sung) and his tricks. Is power everything? Can it make you sell your soul?

“Forget pride. Just stand next to power.”

I can already say that The King is one of the best movies of this year. The story is thrilling; Jo In Sung’s narration and ironic way of looking life make the movie fun and I found myself laughing at him many times. The story was amazing. The movie just flew by and I wouldn’t have minded had it been even longer. The characters complemented and built on each other.

“Worst scum in prosecution history.”

I have to give applauds to the actors. Jo In Sung, Jung Woo Sung and Ryu Joon Yeol as Do Il were all amazing characters. No matter how bad they were I just couldn’t hate them. They had a sense of realism to them. Power corrupts and no one is immune to the draw wealth and power holds.

It’s no surprise that I found all the characters to be perfect. This movie is right up my alley. No one was a good guy and we had a gangster. I’m just weak for tats and violent tendencies. Ryu Joon Yeol as Doo Il was an ambitious sub-leader for a gang called Wild Dogs. The friendship between him and Tae Soo was heartwarming. But with or without Tae Soo he held his own despite his limited screen time.

Yes, another picture of Ryu Joon Yeol.

I almost didn’t watch The King because it is described as a political thriller but don’t let that fool you. Here politics is just a game that prosecutors manipulate. The elections, news, relationships: everything is manipulated to benefit the winner. An issue can always be covered up with another issue. This movie is a thrilling ride that will capture its viewer completely.


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