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Critic Reviews for Masquerade
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.
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.
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.
Competently directed, the real pleasure in this high-grossing South Korean film lies in its performances, which lighten the regal solemnity with comic warmth.
As entertainment, it's a decidedly unstuffy costume drama that's compelling to the end.
Audience Reviews for Masquerade
Formulaic, but thanks to the performances and execution, it's reasonably entertaining.
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.
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.
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