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The Crowned Clown

Title: 왕이 된 남자 / The Crowned Clown
Chinese Title: 成為王的男人
Also known as: The Man Who Became King / Gwanghae, The Man Who Became King / Masquerade
Genre: Historical
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: tvN
Broadcast period: 2019-Jan-07 to 2019-March-04
Air time: Monday & Tuesday 21:30


The drama series is a remake of the 2012 movie “Masquerade“.

The story takes place at a time in Joseon history, when upheaval and power struggles surrounding the throne had reached extreme levels. In order to escape those who plan to assassinate him, the king puts a clown, who looks exactly like him, on the throne.


Main Cast

Yeo Jin Goo as Ha Sun / King Lee Hun
Lee Se Young as Queen Yoo So Woon
Kim Sang Kyung as Lee Gyoo

People around Ha Sun

Jang Kwang as Eunuch Jo Nae Kwan
Yoon Jong Suk as Jang Moo Young
Shin Soo Yun as Dal Rae
Yoon Kyung Ho as Gap Soo

People around Queen Yoo So Woon

Oh Ha Nee as Ae Young
Kim Soo Jin as Court Lady Park

People around King Lee Hun

Kwon Hae Hyo as Shin Chi Soo
Jang Young Nam as Queen Dowager
Lee Moo Saeng as Prince Jin Pyung Gun
Min Ji Ah as Court Lady Kim
Choi Kyu Jin as Shin Yi Kyum (Shin Chi Soo’s son)
Seo Yoon Ah as Seon Hwa Dang
Lee Mi Eun (이미은) as Court Lady Jang
Park Shi Eun as Choi Kye Hwan

People around Lee Kyu

Jung Hye Young as Woon Shim
Lee Yoon Gun as Yoo Ho Joon
Lee Kyu Han as Joo Ho Kul
Choi Moo In as Lee Han Jong
Lee Chang Jik as Seo Jang Won
Jang Sung Won as Jun Saeng


Jang Hyuk as King Seonjo (Lee Hun’s father) (ep 1)
Park Shi Eun as Gye Hwan (court lady) (ep 2)
Kim Hyung Mook as Ming dynasty envoy (ep 12)
Yoon Park as Prince Ki Sung (ep 16)
Ok Ye Rin (ep 16)
Ahn Eun Jin as royal concubine

Production Credits

Production Company: Studio Dragon
Director: Kim Hee Won
Screenwriter: Kim Sun Duk, Shin Ha Eun


Jang Kwang previously appeared in the 2012 movie “Masquerade” in the exact same role.

Episode Ratings

Date Episode AGB TNmS
2019-01-07 1 5.709 5.6
2019-01-08 2 6.559 6.0
2019-01-14 3 8.022 6.9
2019-01-15 4 8.933 7.1
2019-01-21 5 8.053 7.5
2019-01-22 6 7.597 6.5
2019-01-28 7 8.375 7.2
2019-01-29 8 9.455 -
2019-02-04 9 6.576 -
2019-02-05 sp 2.517 -
2019-02-11 10 8.240 7.3
2019-02-12 11 9.316 8.2
2019-02-18 12 8.695 7.5
2019-02-19 13 10.002 8.5
2019-02-25 14 8.698 7.5
2019-02-26 15 9.472 -
2019-03-04 16 10.851 -

Sources: TNmS Media Korea & AGB Nielsen Korea (Nationwide)

*** Different between TNmS Media Korea & AGB Nielson – Here

*** Note: This drama is aired on Pay-TV channel which has fewer viewers than Free-TV channels. So, please don’t be surprised with the low rating. ***


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Official Site

Official Poster

Official Trailer
Trailer I
Trailer II
Trailer III
Trailer IV
Trailer V
Trailer VI
Trailer VII
Trailer VIII
Trailer IX
Trailer X

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  1. 1 : tigerb Says:

    i’ve watched the movie years ago, won’t mind watching the series. he’s a good actor, am sure he an deliver.

  2. 2 : MaxT Says:


    What was the movie name you watched years ago?

  3. 3 : tigerb Says:

    I believe it was called ‘masquerade’ and it starred, what’s the name of that guy in ‘Mr. Sunshine’? the ending was sad for the clown though, but this is a series, i wonder if they will end it differently. p.s. ‘am sure he can deliver’ meaning the actor for this series.

  4. 4 : tigerb Says:

    @MaxT: you can watch the movie in a web site ‘good……’ i hope you get it, i don’t know if naming the web site in full is allowed here.

  5. 5 : ArB Says:

    The Crowned Clown is a really great title, I really wanna compliment anyone who thought of that title instead of just using Masquerade as the English title, lol

  6. 6 : Maja Says:

    Yep Jin goo is a very good actor.. Love him .. Can’t wait for this drama to air…

  7. 7 : Angie Lew Says:

    Yeo Jin Goo is a very good actor. I look forward to the show.

  8. 8 : YJG Says:

    More than I expected the story, the acting, Yeo Jin Goo everything is perfect
    With just 2 episodes it’s already the best drama this year so far

  9. 9 : Douglas Min Says:

    Best drama of the year so far

  10. 10 : TunTea Says:

    Indeed, the best drama this year so far. I always find this kind of drama would be so boring, but I accidentally watched ep. 1 and wow Yeo Jin Good is indeed a great actor, he is the reason why the drama is worth to watch.

  11. 11 : Sri Utaria Says:

    when is episode 10 aired?

  12. 12 : Autumn Grace Says:

    Very good acting. Fascinating sound effects. Good job. Remarkable storyline but still waiting for the ending.

  13. 13 : Tommy's brother Will Says:

    The theme of the movie“Masquerade” is similar to the 1980 movie “Kagemusha” by Akira Kurosawa. And this drama is yet another reiteration of the same without all the angst of feudal Japan. However, Akira Kurosawa was not the first to employ the theme. Walt Disney’s 1962 version of “The Prince and Pauper” used it albeit with boys in an adventure the family can be entertained by watching.

    When drama writers are chewing the chewed it often means the networks that pay for these dramas to be made are taken over by bean counters. And that is never a good thing.

  14. 14 : KMC Says:

    Great storyline and actings of the clown king. Hope the ending will be better than THE Last Empress which was a downfall for me. Hope I won’t feel disappointed and wasted my time watching this movie like I feel with TLE drama.

  15. 15 : wakefulnights Says:

    I’ve watched few scenes of the masquerade and I can say this is a better version of that movie. Eunuch Ho got me shocked though, his seems he did not aged as he played the same role back then (2012).

  16. 16 : Jin Go's noona Says:

    Haksan…… 😭😭😭😭
    Wait the ending…
    Love Jin Go so much 😍
    Good drama n good job Jin Go !!!

  17. 17 : Pocahontas11 Says:

    This day, tonight Last episode.
    Excellent!! Yeo Jin goo
    Lee Se Young so pretty

  18. 18 : Silverswan Says:

    Yeo Jin Goo as Ha Sun / King Lee Hun was a great actor in this drama as good and bad King. It was a real awesome historical drama with all very good actors and actresscess , with full of passion, romance, violence, revenge, greed and ofcourse sadness.
    Km Sang Kyung as Lee Gyoo was a real good actor too in this drama. I only can say this is one of the best historical somehow for this beginning of the year 2019. Thanks to the
    Production Company: Studio Dragon
    Director: Kim Hee Won
    Screenwriter: Kim Sun Duk, Shin Ha Eun
    Thank you for making this drama as it is one of the great drama with a good ending

  19. 19 : Simon K Says:

    Overall a very good historic / fictional drama. However, the last 30min is a little bit weird. There is no need to have the final plot. My only explanation is to show it on trailer to boost rating and than miracle happened, without reasonable explanation, he come back to life AFTER years. I will happier if the drama end the moment he walk out of the palace.

  20. 20 : shiva Says:

    excellent acting by Yeo Jin Goo, diappointed with the last 20 min, it ended well however I think the last part was abit too much…overall 10/10

  21. 21 : A-leea Says:

    Just wondering….is Jang Hyuk played as the father of King Lee Hun? He appeared in the first eps…the late king really look like Jang Hyuk and his voice too…..

  22. 22 : Mey62 Says:

    I watched this drama just because have watching YJG in his recent drama. He play well on his characters in both dramas. LSY did well too and I loved her act since Hwayugi and Hit the Top. I also have watched Masquerade movie and I think this drama worth to extend maybe till 20 episodes. Anyway, I think I’ll be YJG new fans 😍😍

  23. 23 : Kay Says:

    Such an excellent drama! Yeo Jin Goo was amazing as usual and is talented beyond his years. He portrayed both roles wonderfully. And Lee Se Young was also fantastic. Enjoyed the romance, intrigue, and the entire story!

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