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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 USA:

$159,720, 6 October 2013

Gross USA:

$515,876

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$54,597,581
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Company Credits

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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Surprise bonus entertainment - if you don't mind subtitles
6 June 2018 | by bogus-bogus-oneSee all my reviews

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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