Masquerade - Korean Movie
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- Movie: Masquerade (English title) / Ghwanghae, Man Became A King (literal title)
- Revised romanization: Gwanghae, Wangyidoen Namja
- Hangul: 광해, 왕이 된 남자
- Director: Choo Chang-Min
- Writer: Hwang Jo-Yoon
- Producer: Jung Ji-Hoon, Kim Bo-Yeon
- Cinematographer: Lee Tae-Yoon
- Release Date: September 13, 2012
- Runtime: 131 min.
- Genre: Period-17th Century / Drama / Best Film-Movie of the Year
- Distributor: CJ Entertainment
- Language: Korean
- Country: South Korea
King Gwanghae (Lee Byung-Hun) has been the King for the past 8 years. He now suspects that someone within the royal court is attempting to poison him. In response, King Gwanghae orders his councilor Heo Gyun (Ryoo Seung-Ryong) to find someone that looks like him to sit in his throne.
Heo Gyun then comes across a clown named Ha-Sun (Lee Byung-Hun), who performs lewd shows in front of drunken noblemen. Ha-Sun indeed strongly resembles King Gwanghae and is even able to imitate the way King Gwanghae speaks. Heo Gyun takes Ha-Sun to the royal palace without giving any explanations. At night, Ha-Sun takes the King's seat, while the King slips away to his mistress's home.
A short time later, King Gwanghae collapses and is taken to a safe house. Meanwhile, Ha-Sun continues his ruse as the King until the King can recover. Slowly, Ha-Sun's own personality comes out and the people in the King's inner court notice the changes. The King appears more humane to those around him and far less volatile. While Ha-Sun's true voice comes out, enemies within the King's inner circle plan their next move.
- "The Masquerade King" retells Mark Twain's "The Prince & The Pauper" set in Joseon era South Korea.
- Earliest Korean working title was "Gwanghae" (referring to King Gwanghae 1574–1641) then changed to "Naneun Joseonui Wangyida" ("I am the King of Joseon"). Korean movie title then changed to "Gwanghae: Wangyidoen Namja" ("Ghwanghae: Man Became A King").
- June 9, 2011 - Director Kang Woo-Suk & lead actor Jung Jae-Young dropped out of the project due to differences with production company CJ Entertainment.
- November 14, 2011 - Lee Byung-Hun accepted lead role vacated by Jung Jae-Young.
- Filming began February 12, 2012 at Namyangju Studios in Namyangju City, Gyeonggi Province.
- Filming finished June 14, 2012.
- On October 20, 2012, "Masquerade" passed 10,000,000 million admissions in South Korea, becoming only the 8th film to ever do so. As of October 20, 2012, "Masquerade" has sold a total of 10,041,564 tickets.
|Lee Byung-Hun||Lee Byung-Hun||Han Hyo-Joo||Ryoo Seung-Ryong|
|King Gwanghae||Clown Ha-Sun||Queen||Heo Gyun|
|Kim Myung-Gon||Kim In-Kwon||Shim Eun-Kyung||Jang Gwang|
|Park Choong-Seo||Warrior Do||Court Lady Sa-Wol||Eunuch|
Additional Cast Members:
- Lee Joon-Hyuk - village chief
- Kim Jong-Goo - King Gwanghae's physician
- Lee El - Ahn Gae-Shi
- Shin Yun-Seob - nobleman
- Yoo Soon-Woong - high ranking public official
- Do Yong-Gu - Minister of National Defense
- Jeon Bae-Su - Minister of Justice
- Moon Chang-Kil - Prime Minister
- Shin Jung-Keun - Public Official Lee Jung-Rang
- Joo Young-Ho - public officer 1 who escorts King Gwanghae
- Han Sung-Yong - public officer who escorts Ha-Sun
- Kim Seung-Hoon - low level public officer
- Lee Bong-Ryung - royal kitchen court lady 1
- 2012 (6th) Abu Dhabi Film Festival - October 11-20, 2012 - Showcase *International Premiere
- 2013 (12th) Asian Film Festival of Dallas - July 11-18, 2013
- 2013 (4th) Korean Film Festival in Australia - August 14-September 11, 2013 - Discover Yourself
- 2013 (49th) PaekSang Arts Awards - May 9, 2013
- Best Film
- Best Director
- 2012 (33rd) Blue Dragon Film Awards - November 30, 2012
- Best Art Design
- 2012 Korean Association of Film Critics Awards - November 7, 2012
- Best Technical Achievement
- 2012 (49th) Daejong Film Awards - October 30, 2012