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Masquerade (광해, 왕이 된 남자)

광해, 왕이 된 남자 (Gwang-hae, Wang-i Doin Nam-ja)

Directed by Choo Chang-min (추창민)

Screenplay by


131min | Release date in South Korea :

Previously known as "The King of Joseon" (조선의 왕, Jo-seon-eui Wang).
A commoner becoming the king is a theme that's all too familiar to us. The story was told in the well-known fable ‘The Prince and The Pauperʼ and this film takes the idea from that and takes it to the 16th- century Joseon Dynasty. The king is the tragic historic figure of Kwanghae. The commoner who becomes the King realizes just what it takes to be a good king. Although the premise may feel like it’s based on real events in history, but the film is a work of fiction. Lee Byeong-hun plays both the king and the commoner and it's his first role in a historical drama since his debut. His queen, who loves her king despite realizing that he's a fake, is played by Han Hyo-joo who showed great potential in "Always". The movie is directed by Choo Chang-min whose other works include "Mapado" and "Lost in Love" and the writer Hwang Jo-yoon co-wrote "Old Boy".


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    In the Spotlight this Week: "Masquerade" (2012) by Choo Chang-min Trips to Korea's Hermit Kingdom have proven particularly lucrative these past few years, none more so that Choo Chang-min's fourth feature "Masquerade" (2012). Set during Korea's exclusive Joseon Dynasty (1392 ~ 1910), "Masquerade" is a cinematic imagining of the fifteen missing days from King Gwanghae royal journals. Choo's film spent an impressive fourteen weeks in Korea's top ten and attracted 12.3 million viewers during the last quarter of 2012, making it the highest grossing Korean historical drama of all time. "Masquerade" was also honoured at Korea's 2012 Grand Bell Awards (its most prestigious award ceremony), claiming fifteen awards including Best Film, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and the Popularity Award. The film almost walked away as the highest grossing film released that year, but was narrowly outdone by Choi Dong-hoon's "The Thieves" (12.9M), a modern heist flick that dominated proceedings over Korea's sticky summer,...More
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 Produced by
 Won Dong-yun (원동연)
CJ Entertainment (CJ엔터테인먼트)
CJ Entertainment (CJ엔터테인먼트)
 Choo Chang-min (추창민)
 Adaptation / Dramatization
 Jonathan H. Kim (김형준)
 Production department
 Jang Jae-hyeon (장재현)
 Directing department
 Kim Jun-seong (김준성)
 Score composer
 Nam Na-yeong (남나영)
 Nam Na-yeong (남나영)
 Mowg (모그)
 Score composer
 Lee Seung-chul-II (이승철)
 Lee Tae-yoon-I (이태윤)
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131 min 
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Airing dates : 2012/09/13
🔢 South Korean Box Office
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As of 2013.04.21 : 12 321 459  Admissions (total)
As of 2012.12.30 : 12 318 850 Admissions (total)
As of 2012.12.23 : 12 297 002 Admissions (total)
As of 2012.12.16 : 12 274 187  Admissions (total)
As of 2012.12.09 : 12 227 298 Admissions (total)
As of 2012.12.02 : 12 167 321  Admissions (total)
As of 2012.11.25 : 12 064 504 Admissions (total)
As of 2012.11.18 : 11 933 676 Admissions (total)
As of 2012.11.11 : 11 734 869 Admissions (total)
As of 2012.11.04 : 11 418 849  Admissions (total)
As of 2012.10.28 : 10 944 763  Admissions (total)
As of 2012.10.21 :  10 256 491 Admissions (total)
As of 2012.10.14 : 9 345 175 Admissions (total)
As of 2012.10.07 : 8 221 003 Admissions (total)
As of 2012.09.30 : 5 234 402  Admissions (total)
As of 2012.09.23 : 3 227 912 Admissions (total)
As of 2012.09.17 : 1 281 300  Admissions (total)
As of 2012.09.09 : 6 783  Admissions (total)

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Masquerade (광해, 왕이 된 남자)