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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-heon 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 abundance of historical dramas (Joseon or period dramas) coming out of South korea, occasionally some films manage to stand out, with "Masquerade", "The Throne" and "The Admiral: Roaring Currents" being the first that come to mind. "Warriors of the Dawn" is one of those films, as is manages to stand out by implementing a relatively minimalistic approach, with less of court politics and the impression created by the impressive costumes that seem to dominate similar productions,...More
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     Produced by
     Won Dong-yun (원동연)
    CJ Entertainment (CJ Entertainment)
    CJ Entertainment (CJ Entertainment)
     Choo Chang-min (추창민)
     Jang Jae-hyeon (장재현)
     Directing department
     Kim Jun-seong (김준성)
     Score composer
     Nam Na-yeong (남나영)
     Nam Na-yeong (남나영)
    131 min 
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    Airing dates : 2012/09/13
    South Korean Box Office
    Source : &
    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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