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Masquerade (2012)

Gwanghae: Wangyidoen namja (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 13 September 2012 (South Korea)
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A look-alike commoner is secretly hired to take the place of a poisoned king to save his country from falling into chaos.

Director:

Chang-min Choo

Writers:

Jo-yun Hwang (screenplay), Chang-min Choo (screenplay adaptation)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Byung-Hun Lee ... Ha-seon / King Gwang-hae
Seung-ryong Ryu ... Heo Gyun (as Ryu Seung-Ryong)
Hyo-Joo Han ... Queen (as Hyo-ju Han)
In-kwon Kim ... Do
Gwang Jang Gwang Jang ... Eunuch
Eun-kyung Shim ... Sa-wol
Myung-gon Kim ... Park Choong-seo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yong-gu Do Yong-gu Do ... Minister of National Defense
Lee El Lee El ... Ahn Gae-Shi
Soo-ho Ha Soo-ho Ha ... General Jung Jeon
Sung-Yong Han Sung-Yong Han ... Public Officer Who Escorts Ha-Sun
Bae-soo Jeon ... Minister of Justice (as Bae-Su Jeon)
Sung-hee Jo Sung-hee Jo ... Prince Gwanghae's Public Officer 2
Yeong-ho Joo Yeong-ho Joo ... Public Officer 1 Who Escorts King Gwanghae (as Young-Ho Joo)
Gil-dong Kim Gil-dong Kim ... Chief of Security Force Guarding the King
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Storyline

Amid national chaos and fear for his life, tyrannical King Gwanghae orders his trusted councilor Heo Kyun to find a royal body double. He hires Ha-seon, a peasant mimic who bears a perfect resemblance to the King. When King Gwanghae collapses from a mysterious poison, Ha-seon reluctantly becomes a King. He must follow his conscience to save his country from collapse, avoid assassination, and pull off the biggest masquerade in history. K Written by CJ Entertainment

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The King of Façade See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

13 September 2012 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Masquerade See more »

Filming Locations:

Seoul, South Korea See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,839, 7 December 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$922,921

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$94,268,432
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The idea for Masquerade developed from the true story of missing records totalling 15 days from the Annals of the Joseon Dynasty. Knowing that the king was kind, but paranoid, the staff constructed this idea as something that could have happened during that undocumented time. See more »

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"Do not put on record what is meant to be hidden."
13 October 2013 | by leviathantvSee all my reviews

Well this movie is not meant to be hidden! I know enough history to recognize that the two faces of the ancient god Ianós have no relevance to bad or good or prince Gwanghae or the dual role of Byung-hun Lee.But the acting of the latest is surely godlike.

Byung-hun Lee plays the part of Gwanghaegun the fifteenth king of the Joseon Dynasty and this movie is a work of fiction created around a quote that I love , "Do not put on record what is meant to be hidden".

The plot of the movie is the following.The king, afraid of his life during rumors of assassination attempts, searches for a man that looks like him and can replace him as long as the danger for his life remains.

What follows is a masterpiece.Great actors,great direction and great costumes create a drama worth anyone's time.

Do not miss it.


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