Synopsis (courtesy Korean Cultural Service): Given the seven assassination attempts on his life in his first year as king, young King Jeongjo was known by all as “The King of Misfortune” – a title he constantly hoped to escape from. Based on Jeongyuyeokbyeon, one of the many assassination attempts on his life in 1777, the film follows the 24 hours leading up to that incident.
Jeongjo and his court servant Sang-chaek do everything they can to stay safe from assassins, but the king’s defense can only do so much against a constant barrage of attacks. In one such encounter, an orphan-turned-assassin has been ordered to execute the king, unaware that the king’s only friend and confidant – court servant Sang-chaek – was his own life-saving childhood companion!
The Fatal Encounter had a North American theatrical run that began this past May 23rd. My review at that time can be found here.