Empire of Lust

Empire of Lust (Korean순수의 시대; RRSunsuui sidae; lit. "The Age of Innocence") is a 2015 South Korean period film starring Shin Ha-kyun, Jang Hyuk, Kang Han-na and Kang Ha-neul.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Empire of Lust
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Theatrical poster
Directed byAhn Sang-hoon
Produced byKim Min-gi
Bae Won-gyu
Written byKim Se-hee
StarringShin Ha-kyun
Jang Hyuk
Kang Han-na
Kang Ha-neul
Music byPark Ki-heon
CinematographySon Won-ho
Ju Seong-rim
Yu Eok
Edited byShin Min-kyung
Distributed byCJ Entertainment
Release date
  • March 5, 2015 (2015-03-05)
Running time
113 minutes
CountrySouth Korea
Budget₩5.4 billion
Box office₩3.7 billion


Kim Min-jae (Shin Ha-kyun), is a brilliant general who's distinguished himself by protecting the borders of the recently established Joseon dynasty. He keeps a close eye on Yi Bang-won (Jang Hyuk), the fifth son of King Taejo (Son Byong-ho), whom he believes has ambitions of seizing the throne, Jin (Kang Ha-neul), is Kim Min-Jae's son and the King's son-in-law. Due to his position as the King's son-in-law, he is unable to take part in politics and only seeks out pleasure. Yi Bang-won was instrumental in helping his father overthrow the Goryeo dynasty and founding Joseon, but was passed over when Taejo chose his successor. Meanwhile, Kim Min-jae falls in love for the first time with a gisaeng named Ka-hee (Kang Han-na), whom he takes as his concubine, not realizing that she aims to carry out a vendetta against him.



  1. ^ Jin, Eun-soo (6 February 2015). "Director aims to entice with Lust". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  2. ^ Ahn, Sung-mi (25 February 2015). "Empire of Lust sheds light on love in battle for Joseon throne". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  3. ^ Kwon, Ji-youn (2 March 2015). "New 'Yi Bang-won' film focuses on love for a change". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on 26 March 2015. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  4. ^ Jin, Eun-soo (27 February 2015). "Empire is all about the lust, not history". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  5. ^ Na, Won-jung (3 March 2015). "In Focus: Empire of Lust". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  6. ^ Conran, Pierce (29 December 2014). "Genre Diversity from Major 3 in 2015". Korean Cinema Today. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  7. ^ Nawael, Khelil (26 January 2015). "Shin Ha Kyun's First History Challenge Is Empire of Lust". BNTNews. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  8. ^ Jo, Yeon-kyung (2 March 2015). "Interview: Kang Ha Neul Struggled Emotionally After Filming Rape Scene on The Age of Innocence". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 5 April 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  9. ^ Princess Gyeongsun's actual husband was Yi Je, who was made a separate character in the movie.

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