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The Face Reader (관상)

관상 (Gwan-sang)

Directed by Han Jae-rim (한재림)

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139min | Release date in South Korea :

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-hong’s 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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    • Friction arises at Daejong film event

      2014/10/30, Source,
      From left: Motion Pictures Association of Korea head Namgoong Won; Daejong Film Awards organizing committee chief Yi Gyu-tae; and two honorary ambassadors - actors Uhm Jung-hwa and Song Kang-ho - pose at the press conference of the 51st Daejong Film Awards on Tuesday at Lotte Hotel in central Seoul. Provided by the Daejong Film Awards The Daejong Film Awards, the longest-running movie event in Korea, heralded yet another shaky year when its longstanding management issues surfaced at a press conference held Tuesday at Lotte Hotel in Sogong-dong, central Seoul. The event started with Yi Gyu-tae, the chairman of the festival's organizing committee, vowing to promote more objectivity in the film's evaluation system,...More
    • Character posters released for upcoming movie "Big Match"

      2014/10/27, Source,
      The movie "Big Match" has released its latest poster. Lee Jeong-jae and other characters are featured on it,...More
    • Oh Yeon-seo becomes a sensual woman

      2014/10/20, Source,
      Actress Oh Yeon-seo took pictures for the fashion magazine Allure November issue. Oh Yeon-seo put on sexy make up and exposed her back. In the oriental mood pictorial, Oh Yeon-seo is wearing a lacy dress that emphasizes her voluptuous bodyline,...More
    • Box office picks for Chuseok

      2014/09/04, Source,
      Screen shots of films screened at local theaters during the Chuseok holiday season. From top left: "My Brilliant Life", "Tazza: The High Rollers 2", "The King of Jokgu" and "Hill of Freedom". From bottom left: "Lucy", "Step Up: All In", "Doraemon the Movie: Nobita in the New Haunts of Evil - Peko and the Five Explorers" and "Maya the Bee Movie". After the period action film "The Admiral: Roaring Currents" broke box office records nationwide, this Chuseok will be quieter than usual in terms of heavyweight releases - especially compared to 2012 and 2013. For the past two years, big-budget costume films such as "The Face Reader" (2013) and "Masquerade" (2012) hit cinemas around Chuseok, the Korean equivalent of Thanksgiving,...More
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    Showbox (쇼박스)
     Han Jae-rim (한재림)
     Kim Dong-hyeok (김동혁)
     Production department
     Lee Byeong-woo (이병우)
     Kim Min-ho (김민호)
     Martial arts team
    139 min 
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    Airing dates : 2013/09/11
    South Korean Box Office
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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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