A FROZEN FLOWER
I still can’t get my mind off of him, weak to struggle to get over from “In Sung” fever when my heart allow it even enjoy it. Jo In Sung is one of my fave actor who had quiet impressive filmography in his list, and many of them I’ve watched and enjoy.
There is one that impress me much, coz it was my first time introduction with him. And to be surprised when I first watch it, I’m not that into k-drama. So it was pure my first impression after watching the movie alone, the bonus is I met him and I fall for him, it was A Frozen Flower (I love the history story and it was edited/censored version).
It was 2010. My friend and I love to rent and watch movie together, and she brought AFF. My first impression was What A Gay Movie!!! In a good way. Why so shocked? We watch it right after we got up from bed, early in the morning. We taught a classic epic movie will be good for starter, but we never knew it was about same gender relationship. But thanks God we watch the censored one, if not we could have throw up for sure (not that we’re against it, it just we didn’t use to it).
So the movie set in Goryeo era, when there was a young King and his all male troops lead by Hong Lim (Jo In Sung) later on, and apparently they are in a “special” relationship. As a King (Joo Jin Mo), we have also a Queen (Song Ji Hyo), barely untouched by the King, since the King doesn’t have the ability to have sex with a woman. Since the ministers and Yuan Dinasty push the King to have heir (Queen came from Yuan), the King suddenly has this crazy and unbelievable non make sense plan asking his beloved Hong Lim to serve his Queen. Both Queen and Hong Lim against it at first, but King’s order is a must.
With hesitate both parties agree. Three night consummation were set. First attempt didn’t success but second succeeded in awkward feeling and the third attempts succeeded even they seemed enjoy it. After that Queen and Hong Lim, become attracted to each other, even they have to sneak around at library to meet and express their mutual feeling, which later effect the Queen to be pregnant, but the bad news is the King already knew the Consummation didn’t success on that time.
But King is not stupid, he become suspicious. Until one day he busted both of them in library in inappropriate act. Both Hong Lim and Queen defense other party and would like to take the blame for their self. King’s angst arises when Hong Lim said he love the Queen, then King order Hong Lim to be castrated (the whole scene hurt my heart, like i feel the knife through my skin).
Queen requests to Hong Lim’s fella to save him and bring him out the palace. Hong Lim agreed after to be told that Queen save and already outside. But then to be realized that it was all lies, Queen still in the palace. Hong Lim take the horse madly, but then realized he still didn’t have to power and go back to his fella, but now they were all dead. He went to the palace and saw all his fella heads hang outside palace with one lady head with a perfume sachet around the neck. He noticed the sachet since it was a present he gave to Queen. Now, what left to Hong Lim when everyone that he cared and loved died, nothing than a revenge to the King.
He under covered himself and get inside palace, and confronts the King. They have one on one sword battle. Good sword battle, and good emotion both actors played there. And in the end both men died. Before Hong Lim died he notice that Queen still alive, and then turns his head to the dead King. And the scene switched to King painting scene, but now with the King and Hong Lim, ride a horse in a savannah. The End. *sob sob sob*
Those last scene apparently become a huge debate whether Hong Lim loves Queen or King. For complete recap, can be read at Dramabeans (and don’t forget to read the comments coz it was interesting reading people inside for the movie and Hong Lim’s love)
For me, Hong Lim loves Queen. What He had with King is not love, since he was boy he already groomed by the King, he hadn’t have the chance to choice, he never met woman, he was with the King all the time. So that’s how when he did it with the Queen it’s surprised him and his heart. And it was not all lust, he cared for him, it showed. And Queen also cared from him.
Actually this movie remind me a lot with C-movie starred by Gong Li, it almost the same, it was about inside palace story, same as as sad as this one, the title was Curse of The Golden Flower. Full of intrigue movie, epic one!
From story premise and the actors acting, it is a good movie, classic epic one. The sex scenes lil bit bothers me, i know it was neccessary but the library scene for me is unnecessary. They can still meet and talk like other couple that would be more beautiful coz it shows more about the feeling grow between Queen and Hong Lim. And King, he was amazingly sadis person.. Hahahhaha.. Salute to Joo Ji Mo with all his jealousy acting here.
For a Jo In Sung’s fans is a must watch! ^^
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