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Masquerade (2012)

Gwanghae: Wangyidoen namja (original title)
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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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Taglines:

The kingdom in the hand of a layman for 15 days. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History

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

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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Remade as The Crowned Clown (2019) See more »

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A solid piece of work
15 June 2013 | by aldri-febSee all my reviews

'Masquerade' is kind of movie that is hardly to find weakness from it. It is so beautiful and entertaining from the beginning through the end. The first half of the movie is about how Ha-seon adapts in palace environment which is interesting to see and sometimes really funny, and the last 45 minutes of the movie is just so tense. This is an example movie that is handled by professional cast and crew members. Chang-min as director built a dazzling and powerful movie, the cinematography is beautiful captured and solid frame by frame, the make-up and costume design are also did their responsibility well. Cast member also had done an incredible part especially Byung-hun as King Gwang-hae and Ha-seon. His name has already known internationally as a tough fighter in 'G.I. Joe series' and will be in 'Red 2' too but you wouldn't find him acts like in this kind of movie, it's totally worth to see. Byung-hun acts really convincingly as two different character here, a serious charismatic king and a naughty lazy comedian. Without the right guy who plays exceptionally in the main role, this movie wouldn't be that great. Overall, 'Masquerade' is a serious making movie with great storyline and strong performances although the ending is not so extraordinary. No wonder 'Masquerade' is appreciated and so successful in South Korea which it well deserved.


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