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Masquerade (2012)

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In order to avoid the constant threat of assassination, the tragic historic figure of King Gwang-hae orders his councilor HEO kyun to find him a double. Ha-sun, a jester who looks remarkably like the king, is finally chosen. But the day that King Gwang-hae feared comes all too fast: the King is now in a coma induced by an unknown poison. Quickly realizing what he believes takes to be a good king, Ha-sun must now rule Chosun as if it were truly his own.

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Jun 11, 2013

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There are plenty of antecedents for the story, like "The Prince and the Pauper" and "Dave." But what it lacks in originality, it makes up for in Lee's performance.

February 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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As predictable as these stories invariably are, Lee's wonderful turn reignites the potent fantasy of peasant wisdom - if given the power - melting politically cynical hearts and legislating through decency rather than fear.

September 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Following in the long tradition of lavish Asian epics, this new South Korean entry is a beautiful addition to the genre of period prince-and-the pauper themed films.

June 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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Competently directed, the real pleasure in this high-grossing South Korean film lies in its performances, which lighten the regal solemnity with comic warmth.

March 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

As entertainment, it's a decidedly unstuffy costume drama that's compelling to the end.

February 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

a somewhat sentimental tale of royal intrigue and romance; a crash course on the claustrophobic, often bizarre details of courtly life; and a showcase for the acting talents of Korean superstar Lee Byung-hun, in dual roles.

November 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

Director Choo Chang-min delivers a familiar tale with elegant skill and assurance. He proves that if you have a good story, there's no need to gild the lily.

October 20, 2012 Full Review Source: KPBS.org
KPBS.org

Lavishly entertaining Korean period spectacle works on every level from an ancient but still effective source.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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