[PHOTOS, VIDEO & TRANS] Most Anticipated Movie “Sado” Releases First Teaser & Poster Starring Yoo Ah In & Song Kang Ho
The anticipation soars up high as Yoo Ah In’s historical movie Sado (original title Sado, Memory of Eight Days) released its first teaser trailer and poster on July 14.
Previously reported, the production company has refrained from publishing official stills or behind-the-scene photos of the three lead casts -Song Kang Ho, Yoo Ah In and Moon Geun Young- during and after the shooting (read here). Now they are finally going all out two months before its opening.
The teaser trailer released for the first time exclusively on July 13, at COEX Mega Box Gangnam, on the media distribution of Mega Box’ July movie Assassination. Initially titled Sado, Memory of Eight Days, the movie distributor decided to shorten the title to Sado (사도), and go with The Throne for the English version.
The first public preview of Sado in Assassination media distribution has made quite a buzz, as it showed the total transformations of Yoo Ah In as the Crown Prince Sado [The pornstache is back! With bonus the sexy beard! :D] and Song Kang Ho as King Yeongjo.
The teaser is made public just this morning on Naver movie site. Let’s check out the video~
Sado Teaser Trailer
Update: Sado Teaser Trailer with Eng subs
The trailer starts with the sound of hammer and King Yeongjo’s voice, “I’m [father] sad for thinking of you [son]”, giving away an irreversible fate of the two men. His words go along with the title “Sado”, which Sa means “thought” and Do means “sadness”.
The trailer sends shivers down the spine for its own deep intensity. The clash strongly appeals from the get go, beginning with the Crown Prince Sado’s and King Yeongjo’s phrases. Song Kang Ho sends his word in a cold voice of grief, “This is our destiny”.
Here’s the very artistic poster of Sado starring Yoo Ah In and Song Kang Ho~
The poster looks solemn and yet beautiful, with both actors show mix expressions of sadness. The tagline, which says, “the most tragic family history in history”, implies the questions about their stories which claim “everyone knows, but no one did know”.
Donning a white mourning clothes, Yoo Ah In kneels down with unwavering expression, while Song Kang Ho standing behind him in his gorgeous red royal hanbok hidden under a serious expression of sadness. Dark background and the wooden chest, set off the tragic fate of the father and son.
Helmed by Director Lee Jun Ik, Sado began filming on July 8 and cranked up in October 8, 2014. It was mentioned as the most anticipated movie in 2015, based on the survey conducted in October 2014 to respondents from entertainment industry workers and movie critics. It will likely be the strong contender among those in September line up. When the poster and teaser went out this morning, keywords “Sado” and “Song Kang Ho Yoo Ah In” spotted #1 and #2 in Naver real-time search during the day.
Sado brings a new interpretation by depicting the story from the son’s point of view. The film tells the tragic story of Crown Prince Sado who was left to suffocate to death in a large wooden chest filled with rice by his father, King Yeongjo. Sado attempts to clarify the story of a prince that some say was unfairly accused and his controversial death, which is considered the greatest scandal of the Joseon era.
History said that the prince was insane and given to murderous rages that resulted in many deaths. His father could not execute him since he was a royal so he ordered him sealed in a rice bin until he suffocated.
But the new film says that the prince may not have been as prone to murderous rages as was previously thought. His story may have suffered from revision by people who did not like his political views, particularly his ideas on land reform.
The way the prince has been perceived is largely based on his wife’s memoir titled “Hanjoongrok”. The memoir focused on his manic behavior.
Sado will explore the idea that he was a revolutionary whose views greatly displeased his father. In the film Yoo Ah In plays the prince, who died at the age of 27. Song Kang Ho plays his father Yeong Jo, and Moon Geun Young plays Sado’s wife Lady Hye Gyeong. Actor So Ji Sub joins in as a cameo in the last scene of this movie.
According to Lee Deok Il, the head of the Hangaram Institute of History and Culture Studies and the author of the book “The World Dreamed by Prince Sado”, published in late 2011, the prince was not insane but rather a man who faced an unfortunate death due to his desire to create a more democratic status-free world. This clashed with his father’s desire to maintain the monarchy’s power.
“Prince Sado received a biased view for about 200 years”, said the author. “I wanted to shed light on Sado’s strong faith in going against the ruling party for revolution.”
“Prince Sado was not a psycho, as written in ‘Hanjoongrok’, but rather a man with good qualities who faced an unfortunate death due to his revolutionary thinking that shook the leading group’s foundation”, states the chief in the book.
Yeongjo’s obsession with Prince Sado is coming into focus as the cause of the tragedy, and Sado criticizes society’s excessive education fervor.
Sado premieres September 2015.