Nae-shi (1987)

Run Time - 108 min.  |   Countries - Korea, South   |  
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The star-crossed lovers in this 16th-century historical romance run into nothing but trouble but nonetheless cannot pretend they do not care for one another. At the outset, a lovely daughter of an ambitious court official is in love with the son of a much lower-ranking official, and he is in love with her. The girl's contemptible father is determined to prevent his daughter from making a marriage which will not serve his career and has the boy castrated and brought into the royal court's staff of eunuchs. The king is an equally small-minded individual, and to spite the court official, he refuses to even notice his daughter as a person of significance, relegating her to the humiliating status of being the servant of one of the king's less-favored mistresses. Then, when the girl and her castrated boyfriend attempt to escape, the perfidious monarch rapes her in the presence of the man she loves, which has tragic consequences for all concerned.