I Am a King (Hangul: 나는 왕이로소이다; Hanja: 나는 王이로소이다; RR: Naneun Wangirosoida; MR: Nanŭn wangirosoida, also known as I Am the King) is a 2012 South Korean historical comedy film, starring Joo Ji-hoon, Park Yeong-gyu, Baek Yoon-sik, Byun Hee-bong and Kim Soo-ro. The film is inspired by The Prince and the Pauper and is set in the Joseon Dynasty, with Joo playing thedual roles of king and beggar. It was released on August 8, 2012 and ran for 120 minutes.
|Revised Romanization||Naneun Wangirosoida|
|Directed by||Jang Kyu-sung|
|Produced by||Kang Young-mo
|Written by||Hwang Seong-gu|
|Music by||Kim Joon-seok|
|Editing by||Shin Min-kyeong|
|Running time||120 minutes|
When his older brothers Yangnyeong and Hyoryeong fail to impress their father King Taejong, the king makes a royal command for Choong-nyung to become the next ruler of the kingdom instead. The prince, who strongly refuses to become the king and just wants to live a happy and stress-free life buried in his books, chooses to escape the palace before his coronation ceremony.
After hours of contemplation, Choong-nyung escapes by climbing over the palace wall. There he runs into a bad-tempered drunken slave named Deok-chil, who happens to be at the palace to save the love of his life who was captured by government officials and put in prison for being the daughter of a suspected spy.
Deok-chil perfectly resembles the prince, so Choong-nyung instantly grabs the chance to disguise himself as a slave and they exchange clothes with each other. In a terrible twist of fate, when Choong-nyung wakes up after being knocked unconscious, he is mistaken for a slave and Deok-chil gets put on the throne. As Choong-nyung ventures outside the palace walls, he begins to open his eyes to the people living in extreme poverty and experiences the life of the common man.