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The Fatal Encounter (역린)

역린 (yeok-rin)

Directed by Lee Jae-gyoo (이재규)

Screenplay by

Drama Historical

135min | Release date in South Korea :

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

As the year 1777 opens, King Jeongjo 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, Jeongjo 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 Jeongjo. After witnessing King Jeongjo'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 Jeongjo


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  • [HanCinema's Film Review] "The Fatal Encounter": K-King in a Cage + Watch movie [USA & Canada]

    There were numerous 'fatal encounters' around King Jeong-jo's first year in office; his reign (1776-1800) was riddled with factional rot and close-quarters corruption, and his accession was both immediate and threatening. It was a transitional period twisted by royal bloodshed and unruliness, the perfect personal and political storm for a visionary leader to stand steadfast and serve, or else risk becoming a feeble footnote to fortitude in Joseon's journals. Lee Jae-gyoo's "The Fatal Encounter" recounts the chaotic genesis of the 'King of Misfortune', and depicts a resolute (real-world dreamy) ruler determined to settle the sins and debts of his father(s). In particular, the film centres on one assassination attempt, that of Jeongyuyeokbyeon, and starts its story hours before a preordained bloodshed occurs under ominously stormy skies,...More
  • [HanCinema's Busan International Film Festival Movie Review] "The Fatal Encounter"

    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 Hyun 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

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  • [HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.07.25 ~ 2014.07.27

    "KUNDO" claims gold with over 2.1M in support... It's been nine weeks since a Korean film last held the top spot in its own box office, but finally a local flick has managed to reign true. Last week Yoon Jong-bin's much-anticipated "KUNDO : Age of the Rampant" was released and captured over 61% of the sales (2.1M admissions). The film, whose scintillating cast includes the likes of Ha Jung-woo, Gang Dong-won, Lee Sung-min, Ma Dong-seok among others, opened to an incredible 1,394 screens around the country and Korea its first film at the top of pile in over nine weeks,...More
  • [HanCinema's Actor Spotlight] Jo Jung-suk

    Stage and musical actors who become television and film actors generally fall into one of three categories. Either they act on screen as they do on stage, altogether too loudly and flamboyantly for the screen, or, they have a natural screen presence. There are also those who gradually transition from the first to the second with practice and experience. Actor Jo Jung-suk is a stage and musical actor who has not only naturally transitioned onto the screen with ease, but has earned himself the title of "scene stealer",...More
  • 'A Hard Day' Steadily Draws Viewers

    2014/07/04, Source
    A scene from the film "A Hard Day" The Korean action thriller "A Hard Day" had drawn more than 3 million moviegoers by last weekend, about a month after its release despite a lackluster opening week. It reached the No. 1 spot at the domestic box office for just two days but has hung on to the No. 2 or 3 spots for most of the past month, despite a fierce onslaught from Hollywood blockbusters like "Transformers: Age of Extinction",...More
  • [HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.06.20 ~ 2014.06.22

    Local delights struggle as Cruise's latest enjoys a third week at the top… Tom Cruise's latest sci-fi phenomenon "Edge of Tomorrow" continued its reign as Korean film of choice. The film added another 573K (36%) to bring its total tally now up to 3.9M, and now threatens to overtake "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" as the sixth highest grossing film of the year. Running close to 200K behind Liman's adaptation came Kim Seong-hun's action drama "A Hard Day" starring Lee Sun-kyun. "A Hard Day", one of only two Korean films to make the cut this week, attracted 372K filmgoers (23% of the box office pie) to secure its fourth straight week at number two,...More
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Lotte Entertainment (롯데엔터테인먼트)
 Kim Hyoung-ju (김형주)
 Lighting/cinematography department
 Jo Joo-hyun (조주현)
 Martial arts team
 Kim Tae-hwan-I (김태환)
 Martial arts team
 Kim Yong-soo (김용수)
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 Kim Min-ho-IV (김민호)
 Martial arts team
 Jo Myung-haeng (조명행)
 Martial arts team
 Sin Min-kyeong (신민경)
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Airing dates : 2014/04/30
South Korean Box Office
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As of 2017.04.16 : 3 849 696 admissions (total)
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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