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The Face Reader (2013)

Gwansang (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, History | 4 October 2013 (USA)
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About Nae-kyung who is able to assess the personality, mental state and habits of a person by looking at his face. Because of his abilities, he gets involved in a power struggle between Prince Sooyang and Kim Jong-Seo.

Director:

Jae-rim Han

Writers:

Dong-Hyuk Kim (screenplay), Jae-rim Han (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kang-ho Song ... Nae-kyung
Jung-jae Lee ... Prince Suyang (as Jung-Jae Lee)
Yun-shik Baek ... Kim Jong-seo
Jung-suk Jo ... Paeng-heon (as Jo Jung-suk)
Jong-Suk Lee ... Jin-hyeong
Hye-su Kim ... Yeon-hong
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kwang-Hyun Joo Kwang-Hyun Joo ... Suspect 1
Eui-sung Kim ... Han Myung-hoi
Kyoo-hyung Lee Kyoo-hyung Lee ... new Eunuch
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Storyline

Set during the seizure of the throne by Sejo of Joseon in the year 1455, the movie follows the life of Nae-Kyung. Nae-Kyung, the son of a ruined noble family, goes all around Joseon and studies physiognomy. He is able to assess the personality, mental state and habits of a person by looking at someone's face. Because of his abilities, he gets involved in a power struggle between Prince Sooyang and Kim Jong-Seo. Written by anonymous

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Genres:

Drama | History

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

4 October 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az arcismerő See more »

Filming Locations:

South Korea

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$12,738,665 (South Korea), 15 September 2013, Wide Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$117,454, 11 October 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$515,876

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$62,522,106
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Production Co:

JupiterFilm See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Jung-jae Lee and Hye-su Kim previously co-starred to The Thieves (2012). See more »

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Tragic tale of ambition and power
6 August 2018 | by AmadioSee all my reviews

This historical drama at 2 hours and 20 minutes is nearly in epic territory. Telling the life story of a 'face reader', a man who predicts people's future by looking at their faces, it is a story of loss, ambition, greed, and how small people are swallowed by the powerful looking to further their goals. Set in 15th century Korea, the costumes are lavish (oh those hats!), the mannerisms accentuated, and societal roles clearly defined. Billed as the story of the rise to the throne of Grand Prince Suyang, who became king Sejo of Joseon, it is historically accurate, with the addition of the face reader to give it human interest. Technically, there is much to like about this film; well shot and acted, with some very pleasing cinematography. It is slightly let down by over-dramatic music at times, and 'generous' editing. It would have come in better at around 2 hours. The story is gripping, and the portrayal of life in that era in Korea is fascinating. It is easy to love the good guys, and hate the bad, and there is enough ambivalance about the two to keep one's interest. I really liked it, and give a solid 8.


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