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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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Dong-Hyuk Kim's screenplay won the grand prize at the 2010 Korean Scenario Contest held by the Korean Film Council. See more »

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For those who are interested in Korean filmmaking and History
10 March 2014 | by niutta-enricoSee all my reviews

The film narrates, in an enjoyable way, a crucial point in 15th Century Korean History and although the main character (the face reader) and his friends are fictional, most of the others are real historical figures, from King Sejo himself to his legendary adviser, Han Myung-hoe

It's a good movie, spiced with funny characters and beautiful women, well acted, edited and directed. The script has a classical breath that reminds of Shakespearian works but could be perceived somehow naive or slow paced by a Western audience.

Therefore I would not recommend it to someone who is not interested in the Asian way of describing human feelings or is not willing to experience something alien. The idea that face reading could reveal the human soul or that someone's destiny is carved in his own outlines is catching and very well developed.


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