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The Fatal Encounter (역린)

역린 (yeok-rin)

Directed by Lee Jae-gyoo (이재규)

Screenplay by

Historical

135min | Release date in South Korea :

Formerly known as "The King's Wrath"
Prologue
"The Fatal Encounter" is
focusing on the story of politically embattled King Jeong-Jo (nicknamed the King of Misfortune), his dedicated servant Sang-chaek, and nefarious courtiers and assassins.

Synopsis
As the year 1777 opens, King Jeong-jo enters the second year of his reign, which is consistently under threat from the opposing Noron and Soron factions. To successfully defend his royal power, Jeong-jo draws upon his stores of courage and relies heavily on his loyal servant Sang-chaek. In a shocking twist, Sang-chaek turns out to be an assassin who was sent into service in order to kill Jeong-jo. After witnessing King Jeong-jo's capacity to justly rule the people, however, Sang-chaek comes clean about his true identity, and is banished from the court. As he leaves the palace, however, his eye catches sight of Sal-soo, the deadliest assassin in Joseon. Sang-chaek frantically returns to the court, only to find Sal-soo locked in combat with Jeong-jo.

"The Fatal Encounter" (Yeokrin) Drama
Korean with English subtitles 135 minutes

Production Note
South Korea's Biggest Star Hyeon Bin Makes His Grand Comeback
Hyeon Bin ("Secret Garden", "My Name Is Kim Sam-soon") takes on his first acting role since completing his mandatory military service. He plays King Jeong-jo, whose reign was fraught with political conflicts and threats upon his life. The actor prepared extensively for his first historical role and has drawn accolades for his dedication. Going into production almost Immediately upon being discharged from the army, he studied the arts of sword fighting, archery, and horseback riding for the role. Jeong Jae-yeong ("Welcome to Dongmakgol"), Jo Jeong-seok ("The Face Reader"), and HAN Ji-min ("The Rooftop Prince"), a group of South Korea's most treasured character actors, star alongside Hyeon Bin.
"The Fatal Encounter" : Inspired by Historical Events
"The Fatal Encounter" is based on the real-life assassination attempt on King Jeong-jo (1752-1800) on the night of July 28th, 1777. On that fateful night, Jeong-jo was unable to sleep and tried to soothe his mind by reading late into the night. When he suddenly heard a sound in the ceiling, he quickly called his servants to investigate. To their shock, they captured an assassin hiding in the eaves. That night’s assassination attempt became one of the most infamous in the 500-year history of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897).

Cast and Characters

The King of Misfortune - King Jeong-jo (Hyeon Bin)
Jeong-jo was the 22nd ruler of the Joseon Dynasty. As a young man, he was forced to witness the slow death of his father Crown Prince Sado, who was effectively executed by being placed in a wooden
box by a royal decree from his grandfather King Yeong-jo. After Jeong-jo ascended the throne in
1776, he was caught in the fierce factional strife between the Noron and Soron power bases throughout his reign and continuously subject to threats to his life and palace intrigue. Despite these circumstances, Jeong-jo remained in power for almost 24 years and is noted for having carried out significant and innovative reforms.

The King’s Shadow - Sang-chaek (Jeong Jae-yeong)
King Jeong-jo’s trusty servant, Sang-chaek was hired at a young age to manage the king’s personal library. Since then, Sang-chaek has steadfastly been by Jeong-jo’s side through many life-threatening situations. Although Sang-chaek was originally sent into palace service in order to get close enough to kill Jeong-jo, after witnessing Jeong-jo’s true heart, he changes his allegiance and decides to protect Jeong-jo at all costs.

Deadliest Assassin in Joseon Dynasty - Sal-soo (Jo Jeong-seok)
Raised as a cold-blooded killer at a secret assassin society, Sal-soo is Joseon’s deadliest assassin. He eliminates his targets with ease and leaves no trace behind. Though at first he hesitates to take on task of assassinating King Jeong-jo, Sal-soo strikes a deal with his master that would set him free from the secret assassin society.

Venomous Conspirator - Dowager Queen Jeongsun (Han Ji-min)
Dowager Queen Jeongsun is King Yeong-jo’s second wife from the Noron faction and played a major role in influencing the execution of Crown Prince Sado, King Jeong-Jo’s father. She is one of the major co-conspirators in the assassination attempts against Jeong-jo.

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  • Will Han Ji-min be reunited with Hyeon Bin?

    2014/10/14, Source,
    Actress Han Ji-min has been offered the leading role of the new SBS drama "Hyde, Jekyll and I", with Hyeon Bin as her co-actor. Hyeon Bin and Han Ji-min have worked together in the movie "The Fatal Encounter" in April of this year. They played the roles of King Jeongjo and Queen Jeongsun,...More
  • [HanCinema's Busan International Film Festival Movie Review] "The Fatal Encounter"

    2014/10/11,
    From the film's very bleak, poorly lit opening, the tone is very clearly set that "The Fatal Encounter" has no intention of being a happy uplifting movie about the triumph of good over evil during a very dark time in Korea's history. Without ruining too much of the ending, it's really more of a triumph of general disgust over evil, because why would anyone need that much evil can we at least not murder children. Is that too much to ask? King Jeongjo (played by Hyeon Bin) is less a beacon of hope so much as he is the only guy in the movie with a more noble motivation than just bolstering the people who like him,...More
  • [HanCinema's Film Review] "The Target": Ready, Aim, Run.

    2014/10/04,
    In the spotlight this week: Director Chang's "The Target"... Director Chang's sophomore feature is a rousing remake of Fred Cavayé's 2010 effort "Point Blank", a French flick that failed to break even but whose promising premise Chang jumped on (after Juhn Jai-hong walked away from the directing duties) to tell a story that seemed fit for a Korean casting.   "The Target" had some tough competition when it screened back in April. This unrated action thriller never managed to rise higher than second, and was eventually ejected from the top ten when Tom Cruise's latest sci-fi film "Edge of Tomorrow" came to town,...More
  • [HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.09.26 ~ 2014.09.28

    2014/09/29,
    "The Maze Runner" remains unchallenged at the top… Wes Ball's science fiction film "The Maze Runner" managed to remain Korea's top showing over the last week of September. Ball's adaptation has been a huge success, and has already grossed over $148m worldwide. The film's second weekend in Korea was less than stellar, but the 572K admissions (43%) it claimed was enough to secure its place at the top of pile,...More
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Distribution
Lotte Entertainment (롯데엔터테인먼트)
Staff
 Jo Joo-hyeon (조주현)
 Martial arts team
 Kim Tae-hwan-I (김태환)
 Martial arts team
 Kim Yong-soo (김용수)
 Martial arts team
 Kim Min-ho (김민호)
 Martial arts team
 Sin Min-kyeong (신민경)
 Editor
Technics
135 min 
Web site
king2014.kr...
Festival(s) & award(s)
Sales or release dates & Box Office
Airing dates : 2014/04/30
South Korean Box Office
Source : www.cine21.com & www.kobis.or.kr
As of 2014.06.22 : 3 848 898  admissions (total)
As of 2014.06.08 : 3 843 844  admissions (total)
As of 2014.06.01 : 3 839 326 admissions (total)
As of 2014.05.25 : 3 800 209  admissions (total)
As of 2014.05.18 : 3 648 367  admissions (total)
As of 2014.05.11 : 3 214 595 admissions (total)
As of 2014.05.04 : 1 697 190 admissions (total)
As of 2014.04.27 : 5 617 admissions (total)

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I Like You Hyeon Bin. You are very good. I hope you are having a very muscular body after military force. :)
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