Last night the two oldest girls and I watched the Korean film "The Fateful Encouter," starring Hyun Bin as King Jeongjo. If you have any familiarity with K-drama at all you'll know who that is, but for those of you who don't I'll give a bit of background info.
|King Jeongjo of Joseon|
Jeongjo became king in 1776 on the death of his grandfather, King Yeongjo, who had been forced by one political faction to put his own son, Crown Prince Sado (Jeongjo's father), to death for siding with the other political faction. So it was a mess he inherited, and it is said that on the day he took the throne, he sat there and said to everyone in the court, "I am the son of the late Crown Prince Sado," which was practically a declaration of war against the faction that had had his father put to death.
The movie covers the 20-hour period leading up to an assassination attempt the year after Jeongjo became king. I'm not sure whether the event is actually historical, but it's a wonderful piece of storytelling, beautifully filmed, well-acted, and I'm going to show this one on our next family movie night.
Well, I said all that to say this -- a few minutes into the film, Jeongjo quotes a passage from Confucius' book The Doctrine of the Mean:
What Heaven confers is called Nature.
Accordance with this Nature is called the Way.
Cultivating the Way is called Education.
Isn't that perfect?
|The literal title is "The King's Wrath,"|
which I like much better than the one under which
it was marketed to English speaking audiences.