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Director  Han Jae-Rim
Music director  Lee Byung-woo
Country  South Korea
6.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, History
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Language  Korean
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Release date  September 11, 2013 (2013-09-11) (South Korea) October 4, 2013 (2013-10-04) (United States)
Writer  Dong-Hyuk Kim (screenplay), Jae-rim Han (screenplay)
Screenplay  Han Jae-Rim, Kim Dong-hyeok
Cast  Lee Jung-jae (Grand Prince Suyang), Kim Hye-soo (Yeon-hong), Song Kang-ho (Nae-gyeong), Jo Jung-suk (Paeng-heon), Lee Jong-suk (Jin-hyeong), Baek Yun-Shik (Kim Jongseo)
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Tagline  Look Fate in the Face

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The Face Reader (Hangul: 관상; RR: Gwansang; lit. "Physiognomy") is a 2013 South Korean film starring Song Kang-ho as the son of a disgraced noble family who goes around Joseon and studies physiognomy. He is able to assess the personality, mental state and habits of a person by looking at his or her face. His talents bring him to the royal courts where he becomes involved in a power struggle between Grand Prince Suyang and general Kim Jongseo, a high-ranking loyalist to King Munjong.

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The Face Reader became one of the highest-grossing films in South Korea in 2013, with 9.1 million admissions. It won six awards at the 50th Grand Bell Awards, including Best Film, Best Director for Han Jae-rim, and Best Actor for Song Kang-ho.

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Plot

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Nae-gyeong, the most skillful face reader in the Joseon dynasty, was living in seclusion when he was offered a lucrative partnership by Yeon-hong, a gisaeng. Nae-gyeong 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-gyeong successfully identifies the murderer and his skills are soon acknowledged by King Munjong who orders him to identify the potential traitors who threaten his reign. However, after the unexpected death of Munjong, Nae-gyeong is courted by Grand Prince Suyang who yearns to become King himself by killing the young successor Danjong. Nae-gyeong decides to keep his loyalty to the late King and help Kim Jongseo protect the young King which forces him into the biggest power struggle in the history of the Joseon dynasty.

Cast

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  • Song Kang-ho as Nae-gyeong
  • Lee Jung-jae as Grand Prince Suyang
  • Baek Yoon-sik as Kim Jongseo
  • Jo Jung-suk as Paeng-heon, Nae-gyeong's brother-in-law and assistant
  • Lee Jong-suk as Jin-hyeong, Nae-gyeong's son
  • Kim Hye-soo as Yeon-hong
  • Kim Eui-sung as Han Myung-hoi
  • Jung Gyu-soo as Park Cheom-ji
  • Chae Sang-woo as Danjong
  • Lee Yoon-geon as Jo Sang-yong
  • Lee Do-yeob as Kim Seung-kyu
  • Yoo Sang-jae as Hong Yun-seong
  • Lee Ae-rin as Hong-dan
  • Lee Yong-gwan as Yang-jeong
  • Yoon Kyeong-ho as Im-woon
  • Seo Hyeon-woo as Jin-moo
  • Lee Chang-jik as Hwangbo In
  • Kim Tae-woo as King Munjong
  • Ko Chang-seok as His Excellency Choi
  • Kim Kang-hyeon as Suspect 3
  • Production

    Kim Dong-hyuk's screenplay won the grand prize at the 2010 Korean Scenario Contest held by the Korean Film Council.

    Awards and nominations

    2013 50th Grand Bell Awards

  • Best Film
  • Best Director: Han Jae-rim
  • Best Actor: Song Kang-ho
  • Best Supporting Actor: Jo Jung-suk
  • Best Costume Design: Shim Hyun-sub
  • Popularity Award: Lee Jung-jae
  • Nomination - Best Actor: Lee Jung-jae
  • Nomination - Best Supporting Actor: Baek Yoon-sik
  • Nomination - Best Screenplay: Kim Dong-hyuk
  • Nomination - Best Cinematography: Go Nak-seon
  • Nomination - Best Editing: Kim Chang-ju
  • Nomination - Best Art Direction: Lee Ha-jun
  • Nomination - Best Lighting: Shin Kyung-man, Lee Cheol-oh
  • Nomination - Best Music: Lee Byung-woo
  • Nomination - Technical Award: Kwak Tae-yong, Hwang Hyo-kyun (Special Make-up)
  • Nomination - Technical Award: Im Dae-ji, Choi Tae-young (Sound)
  • 2013 34th Blue Dragon Film Awards

  • Best Supporting Actor: Lee Jung-jae
  • Nomination - Best Film
  • Nomination - Best Director: Han Jae-rim
  • Nomination - Best Actor: Song Kang-ho
  • Nomination - Best Supporting Actor: Jo Jung-suk
  • Nomination - Best Supporting Actress: Kim Hye-soo
  • Nomination - Best Screenplay: Kim Dong-hyuk
  • Nomination - Best Cinematography: Go Nak-seon
  • Nomination - Best Art Direction: Lee Ha-jun
  • Nomination - Best Lighting: Shin Kyung-man, Lee Cheol-oh
  • 2013 33rd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards

  • Best Actor: Song Kang-ho
  • Best Supporting Actor: Jo Jung-suk
  • Best Music: Lee Byung-woo
  • CJ CGV Star Award: Lee Jung-jae
  • 2014 5th KOFRA Film Awards

  • Best Supporting Actor: Lee Jung-jae
  • 2014 9th Max Movie Awards

  • Best Poster
  • Nomination: Best Actress: Kim Hye-soo
  • Nomination: Best Supporting Actor: Lee Jung-jae
  • Nomination: Best Supporting Actor: Jo Jung-suk
  • Nomination: Best Supporting Actress: Kim Hye-soo
  • Nomination: Best Preview
  • 2014 19th Chunsa Film Art Awards

  • Nomination - Best Director: Han Jae-rim
  • Nomination - Best Actor: Lee Jung-jae
  • Nomination - Best Screenplay: Kim Dong-hyuk
  • 2014 8th Asian Film Awards

  • Nomination - Best Costume Design: Shim Hyun-sub
  • 2014 50th Baeksang Arts Awards

  • Best Supporting Actor: Lee Jung-jae
  • Nomination - Best Film
  • Nomination - Best Supporting Actor: Kim Eui-sung
  • 2014 23rd Buil Film Awards

  • Nomination - Best Supporting Actor: Lee Jung-jae
  • Nomination - Best Art Direction: Lee Ha-jun
  • References

    The Face Reader Wikipedia
    The Face Reader IMDb The Face Reader themoviedb.org


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