Other Interesting Facts and Details
Costumes, Props and Stunts
600 costumes were made and completed over the course of a year for the
movie. Not only were the starsí costumes custom-made, those of the extras were
also painstakingly sewn.
In the 3rd act on the classical opera scene, colorful paper
costumes were worn by the court jesters. These paper costumes were constructed
using lining fabric and hanji paper and were lavishly painted in bright colors.
Each elaborate costume took about a month to be produced.
Great efforts and attention were also paid to the making and
assembling of the props over the course of a year. The masks and hand puppets,
the royal palanquin, royal bedding and cushions, fans, and furniture were also
made based on thorough historical research.
Most of the stunt works were also done by the actors
themselves. In order to perform their own stunts, the leading actors had to
learn and perfect tightrope dancing and other tricks within the course of a few
months before filming began.
Buan Movie Theme Park
The major palace scenes were filmed at the Buan Movie Theme Park in Gyeokpo,
Buan-gun, Jeollabuk-do due to restriction at the actual Changdeokgung Palace.
The Buan Movie Theme Park is dedicated to historical productions with 37.5-acre
of land featuring exact replicate of a Joseon palace, noblemenís village, and
market streets with 24 palatial buildings, 11 tile-roofed commonerís houses, 15
herbal shops, 17 craft workshops, 200 meters of town walls, as well as
pavilions, and ponds.
-> Link to Buan Movie Theme Park
Suwon Hwaseong Haenggung Palace
The other palace scenes were shot at Seonamammun and Jangnakdang in Hwaseong
Haenggung Palace which is a favorite filming location for historical dramas and
Link to Suwon Hwaseong Haenggung Palace
Yangpyeong Seolmaeje Natural Recreation Forest
The final scene between Jang-saeng, Gong-gil and fellow jesters laughing
away was filmed at this location in Yangpyeong, Gyeonggi-do.
Located between Mt. Yumyeongsan and Mt. Daebusan, the ridge is in a wide span of grassland and
offers a view of the Namhangang River.
The early "I'm here, you're there" scene
between Jang-saeng and Gong-gil was also filmed at a farm in the area.
Link to tour2korea.com for more info.
Gochangeupseong Bamboo Grove
The hunting trip, which turns out to be a trap, was filmed at this location.
This was also one of the filming locations for another popular Korean TV series
"Jewel in the Palace".
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