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The Face Reader (관상)

관상 (Gwan-sang)

Directed by Han Jae-rim (한재림)

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Nae-kyung, the most skillful face reader in Joseon dynasty, was living in seclusion when he was offered a lucrative partnership by Yeon-hong, a Korean geisha. Nae-kyung accepts the proposal to read the faces of Yeon-hongís guests only to get involved in a murder case. With his face reading skills, Nae-kyung successfully identifies the murderer and his skills are soon acknowledged by King Moonjong who orders him to identify the potential traitors who threaten his reign. However after the unexpected death of Moonjong, Nae-kyung is courted by Grand Prince Sooyang who yearns to become King himself by killing the young successor Danjong. Nae-kyung decides to keep his loyalty to the late King and help KIM Jong-seo protect the young King which forces him into the biggest power struggle in the history of the Joseon dynasty.


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  • 'The Fatal Encounter' in N. America

    2014/04/07, Source,
    The Korean movie "The Fatal Encounter", based on Jeongjo, the 22nd ruler of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), and the power struggles of the royal family, will have its North American premiere next month, Lotte Entertainment announced yesterday. "It will open on May 23 on about 25 screens in North America", said the distributor. "The local distribution will be arranged by Dream West Pictures, which successfully opened other Korean films like 'Secretly and Greatly', "The Face Reader" and 'Friends 2' in North America",...More
  • Hyeon Bin back as a muscular King Jeongjo

    2014/04/03, Source,
    Hyeon Bin plays Jeongjo, the 22nd ruler of the Joseon Dynasty, in "The King's Wrath". Provided by Lotte Entertainment Historical costume dramas, especially those set during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), have been beloved by Korean moviegoers in recent years, with films like "Masquerade" (2012) and "The Face Reader" (2013) turning into mega-hits. The producers of the new period movie "The King's Wrath" are hoping the trend will continue, as they tell the story of King Jeongjo, the 22nd ruler of Joseon. One factor they have in their favor is the Korean heartthrob Hyeon Bin, returning to the screen for the first time since finishing his military service,...More
  • Song Kang-ho joins Lee Joon-ik film

    2014/04/02, Source,
    One of Korea's top actors Song Kang-ho is teaming up with filmmaker Lee Joon-ik for the costume drama "Sado". According to industry insiders yesterday, Song will play King Yeongjo (1694-1776), the complex ruler who, while trying to reform the Korean government, ended up ordering his own son Sado to be locked in a rice chest for eight days, where he starved. Throughout the years, the story about the prince's tragic death has inspired many creators to come up with novels, dramas and films,...More
  • Director Lee Jae-gyoo, "I was intrigued"

    2014/03/31, Source,
    "The King's Wrath" which is well known for being Hyeon Bin's first movie since his National Service discharge, has once again topped the ranks but this time, it's the director Lee Jae-gyoo. With a fancy debut winning the Baek Sang Rookie Director Award for "Damo", Lee Jae-gyoo directed high rating dramas such as "Beethoven Virus", "The King 2 Hearts" and more,...More
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Showbox (쇼박스)
 Han Jae-rim (한재림)
 Kim Dong-hyeok (김동혁)
 Production department
 Lee Byeong-woo (이병우)
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Airing dates : 2013/09/11
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As of 2014.03.16 : 9 135 492 admissions (total)
As of 2013.11.24 : 9 132 766 admissions (total)
As of 2013.11.17 : 9†131†456 admissions (total)
As of 2013.11.03 : 9 125 975 admissions (total)
As of 2013.10.27 : 9†120†659 admissions (total)
As of 2013.10.20 : 9 102 105 admissions (total)
As of 2013.10.13 : 9†018†211 admissions (total)
As of 2013.10.06 : 8†712†855 admissions (total)
As of 2013.09.29 : 8†212†242 admissions (total)
As of 2013.09.22 : 6 873 577 admissions (total)
As of 2013.09.15 : 2†599†329 admissions (total)
As of 2013.09.08 : 7†294 admissions (total)

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