Jesters: The Game Changers will show at Rio Cinema on Sat 31st October at 3.30pm
In 15th-century Joseon, Deok-ho (Cho Jin-woong) and his small crew of ‘jester’ racketeers use theatrical illusions to distort public perceptions. They are hired by the premier Han Myeonhhoe (Son Hyun-joo) to restore the damaged reputation of King Sejo (Park Hee-soon) - but when they realise that they might themselves have been tricked, they will resort to one final coup de théâtre to expose the treachery of the ruling class.
In this second feature from writer/director Kim Joo-ho (The Grand Heist, 2012), the jesters’ staged miracles combine performance, designed sets and special effects, and so are strongly metacinematic, repeatedly deconstructing the film’s own elaborate fictions, while illustrating the power of the arts both as a tool for propaganda and a means to speak truth to power. Accordingly, this is as much about the present day as the annals of Korean history. It is also twisty, spectacular, and very funny.