The Throne

  • Feature
  • 2015
  • 125 Minutes
  • Korea, Republic of
  • Language: Korean

In the year of 1762, when King Yeongjo of the Joseon dynasty's been ruling for 35 years already, Crown prince Sado is accused of plotting treason by his biological mother lady Yi. Yeongjo falls into a dilemma since he could not penalize his own son as a traitor as it would mean that he would become the father of a traitor threatening his throne, and ends up ordering Sado to take his own life. As Sado’s lieges oppose Yeongjo’s decision by putting their own lives at risk, Yeongjo locks Sado in a wooden rice chest.

Director: Joon-Ik LEE

Screenwriter: Chul-hyun CHO, Song LEE, Sung-hyeon OH

Production Company: Tiger Pictures



2016: Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Australia

Asian Film Awards: Best Costume Designer

Baek Sang Art Awards/

Buil Film Awards

Chunsa Film Art Awards: Best Actor, Best Screenplay

KOFRA Film Awards , Best Film, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress

2015: Blue Dragon Awards: Best Actor, Supporting Actress, Lighting

Grand Bell Awards, South Korea: Best Supporting Actress

Korean Association of Film Critics Awards, Korean Association of Film Critics Award: Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Music

Korean Film Actor’s Association Awards , Top Director Award, Top Star Award

Satellite Awards

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Grand Prize, Estonia

Cast and Crew

DOP / Camera: Tae-kyung KIM

Editor: Sang-beom KIM, Jae-beom KIM

Music: Jun-seok BANG

Sound: Tae-young Choi

Producer: Sung-hyeon OH

Cast: Kang-ho SONG, Ah-in YOO, Geun-young MOON


Joon-Ik LEE

With the 2005 bringing in 12.3 million viewers, Lee Joon-ik became one of the leading directors of Chungmuro.
In movies such as and , he has shown outstanding skills as a director jumping back and forth between period pieces and films set in the modern era.
In 2015, he has returned with a classic period drama in , in which he will shed light on a family tragedy that spans from Youngjo and Sado, to Jungjo.

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