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.
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
Surprise bonus entertainment - if you don't mind subtitles
I was surprised I had not heard of this film until recently since I've developed a love of Korean film over the years & regularly search for new titles. I always wonder about films with an IMDB rating below 8 but I thought I'd give it a tryjust because I'm a fan of Kang-ho Song. Now that I've viewed this film I'm not sure why it hasn't been rated higher? I feel very comfortable giving this 8 stars. The acting was good as I'd expect and the story seemed pretty solid to me. If I get picky I could ding it for a few minor things that I might like to see done differently. I thought it might have been made clearer why the face reader seemed unable to understanding the characters of those that were closest to him. (Or maybe that was the whole point and some of the subtleties in Korean were getting lost in English subtitles)? Other than that I can only think of one scene that may have dragged a little more than I liked ( the tragic scene towards the end ). I guess you'll have to watch it to find out if you agree with me.
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