is set in Korea's Yi Dynasty, 1567. When King Myeong-jong dies of a sudden
illness at age 36, his concubines are expelled to a guarded home where
they will spend the rest of their life. It was believed - as they had
once shared the king's heart and sacred body - they must now be kept away
from other men forever, locked inside private quarters known as Jeongeopwon.
They may never see the outside world again. Since the young king had no
descendants, his nephew takes the throne. One of the courtesan woman,
Bok-Nyo, discovers she is pregnant. Although she knows the child is actually
the result of a secret relationship with her lover Byeong, she claims
that it belongs to the late King Myeong-jong and holds true claim to the
throne. Enemies of the nephew rally behind the woman which results in
a bloody civil war.
scorching film - mixing concubine sex with sweeping action - was probably
the biggest hit of Shin Sang-Ok's lucrative career but he is best known
for a truly bizarre episode in 1984 with North Korean ruler Kim Jong-Il.
That dictator was a huge motion picture fan and he wanted Shin Sang-Ok
to direct an allegorical Godzilla film for him. Since North and
South Korea didn't have diplomatic relations (they've officially been
at war since 1951), President Kim ordered the kidnapping of Shin Sang-Ok
and his wife. They were captured and taken to North Korea where Shin was
forced to make a giant monster film, PULGASARY.
Shortly before the movie was finished, the two sought and were granted
asylum in the United States. A year later, they returned to South Korea
and Shin Sang-Ok continued making movies until his death in April 2006,
after complications during a liver transplant. He was 79 years old.
film with optional English subtitles; widescreen format.
Fully uncut 108 minutes; DVD encoded for ALL REGION NTSC WORLD FORMAT.
for Mature Audiences