By Indiewire | Indiewire February 24, 2006 at 8:54AM
Just as "Brokeback Mountain" has become a pop culture phenomenon in the United States, a gay-themed movie has racked up big box-office in South Korea. "King and the Clown," about a delicately effeminate male clown caught between the affections of a despotic king and a fellow performer, has sold more than 11 million tickets through Sunday since its Dec. 29 premiere, making it the third-most popular film ever in this conservative country. Even President Roh Moo-hyun has seen it. By contrast, President Bush said last month he'd yet to see the cowboy romance favored to win the best-picture Oscar. Burt Herman reports.