The King and the Clown (왕의 남자; Wang-ui Namja) is a 2005 South Korean film, adapted from the 2000 Korean play titled "Yi", ("You") about Yeonsangun of Joseon, a Joseon dynasty king who falls in love with a court clown who mocks him. The movie is based on a small passage from the Annals of the Joseon Dynasty that briefly mentions the king's favorite clown. Production costs were relatively modest for a Korean film, approximately $4.5 million dollars. With box office receipts of $85 million, it was the highest-grossing Korean film from 2005 until displaced by The Host in 2006.
The movie is referred to by various names. It is sometimes known as The King's Men or The King's Man (the literal translation of the Korean title to English) and All the King's Men (working title). In Chinese, the title is "王的男人" or "王和小丑", and in Japanese, it is known as "王の男". It is also known as "The Royal Jester" in English, as the movie's English translator found it more fitting than the original title.
This film was chosen by Korea as its submission for the Oscars in the best foreign film category.