Korea sings for ‘King’

Pic to be remade as a tuner

SEOUL — This year’s submission from South Korea for the foreign-language Oscar, “King and the Clown,” has been reborn as an original musical.

Titled “Yi” after the 2000 play on which the film was originally based, the musical was first conceived in January, when “King” was on its way to earning a record $84 million at the Korean box office. Kim Tae-woong, director of the original play, helms the new production.

Produced by Seoul Performing Arts Company, the musical, about a male clown torn between the affections of a despotic king and a fellow performer, was first performed in Pusan in October and runs through Dec. 3 run in Seoul.

The project is one of several new musicals with roots in the “Korean Wave” that has pushed national pop culture throughout the rest of Asia.

“After continuing to develop and improve this musical, we are considering launching it in Japan and other international markets,” says Jeong Jae-wal of SPAC.

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