As has been pointed out by other reviewers, this story is a new spin on “The Prince and the Pauper.” It actually reminded me, however, of the American movie “Dave,” in that the protagonist is a naive pawn whose empathy allows him to rise to the occasion, including finding love in the chaos.Byung-hun Lee is simply an amazing actor. Having seen his “dark” side in movies like “A Bittersweet Life” and “I Saw the Devil,” I was very pleased to see he could handle the role of Ha-Seon with such a light touch. It was a joy to see him effortlessly shift from hilarious toilet humor to inspiring leader. I was particularly struck with the scenes where he interacted with commoners, in which I really felt the empathy Ha-Seon felt for them.This is the first of director Chang-min Choo’s movies I’ve seen, and I was impressed at how he was able to seamlessly balance the light and serious scenes in the movies. To often, one or the other seems forced, but here Choo creates a character who grows and changes, but still remains, at heart, the same, good person he was at the beginning — the kind of person who, by the end of the story, could be happy and believable as a king or a pauper. I think Choo also gave the movie a more intimate feel by focusing on one-on-one conversations and limiting the normal “cast of thousands” you often see in period pieces about kings.Overall, the acting was top notch — particularly from Hyo-ju Han as the Queen and Hyo-ju Han as Minister Do — and the costumes and set design were beautiful.Masquerade is an engaging and charming period piece with humor, action, and romance.
Masquerade (2012) Movie Data
Masquerade (2012) is Drama History Genres film which released in 2012. Masquerade (2012) supported by Hyo-ju Han, Byung-hun Lee, and Seung-ryong Ryu. This movie has 2h 11min duration and rating around 7.8 star from 4,149 movie experts. Not bad.
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Amid national chaos and fear for his life, tyrannical King Gwanghae orders his trusted councilor Heo Kyun to find a royal body double. He hires Ha-seon, a peasant mimic who bears a perfect …
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Byung-hun Lee,Seung-ryong Ryu,Hyo-ju Han
Director: Chang-min Choo
Writer: Jo-yun Hwang
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Amid national chaos and fear for his life, tyrannical King Gwanghae orders his trusted councilor Heo Kyun to find a royal body double. He hires Ha-seon, a peasant mimic who bears a perfect resemblance to the King. When King Gwanghae collapses from a mysterious poison, Ha-seon reluctantly becomes a King. He must follow his conscience to save his country from collapse, avoid assassination, and pull off the biggest masquerade in history. K
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