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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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Byung-hun Lee
as Ha-Seon
Han Hyo-joo
as Queen
Seung-ryong Ryu
as Chief Secretary Heo
In-kwon Kim
as Captain Do
Seung-yong Ryoo
as Heo Gyun
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Critic Reviews for Masquerade

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

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.

Full Review… | February 7, 2013
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 20, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 6, 2013
Film Threat

Competently directed, the real pleasure in this high-grossing South Korean film lies in its performances, which lighten the regal solemnity with comic warmth.

Full Review… | March 15, 2013
Austin Chronicle

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

Full Review… | February 14, 2013

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.

Full Review… | November 30, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Masquerade

Formulaic, but thanks to the performances and execution, it's reasonably entertaining.

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Super Reviewer

Solid version of a story done many times before. Very entertaining and informative of South Korea's history. Those hats, though! Ridiculously hilarious. Not that Western period fashion wasn't also ridiculous, but those hats make everyone look so silly.

Matt Heiser
Matt Heiser

A complete masterpiece. Well cast and executed with exceptional cinematography. I love the concept of a double for the king, and moreover what he does with the power he assumes being the King's double. What a great film. I enjoyed it as a drama in every possible way. I could see myself watching it again one day.

Paul S
Paul S

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