The Throne (사도,Sado) is a 2015 South Korean historical period drama film directed by Lee Joon-ik, starring Song Kang-ho and Yoo Ah-in. Set during the reign of King Yeongjo, the film is about the life of Crown Prince Sado, the heir to the throne who was deemed unfit to rule and, at age 27, was condemned to death by his own father by getting locked in a rice chest for eight days until he suffocated and starved. It was selected as the South Korean entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards.
King Yeongjo (Song Kang-Ho) aspires to become a perfect king due to his tarnished background. His mother is from a lower class and a rumor exists that he killed his older brother to become the king. King Yeongjo then has a son at a late age. He appoints the little prince as the Crown Prince (Yoo Ah-In). King Yeongjo has high expectations for the Crown Prince, but the Crown Prince cares more for martial arts and paintings rather than focusing on his studies. Meanwhile, the Crown Prince longs for a benevolent father rather than a strict King. The relationship between the King and Crown Prince becomes shattered.
Filming began July 8, 2014 at Namwon, Jeollabuk Province, South Korea. The first scene filmed has young Crown Prince Sado amazing his father, King Yeongjo (Song Kang-Ho), and senior statesman amazed by his intelligence.
Filming finished October 8, 2014.