[2012~KMovie] Gwanghae: The Man Who Became King / Masquerade
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Posted 11/3/11 , edited 8/30/12


Movie: Masquerade (English working title) / Ghwanghae, Man Became A King (literal title)
Revised romanization: Gwanghae, Wangyidoen Namja
Hangul: 광해, 왕이 된 남자
Director: Choo Chang-Min
Release Date: September, 2012
Distributor: CJ E&M
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea


King Gwanghae (Lee Byung-Hun) has been the King for the past 8 years. He is now in danger of being poisoned. King Gwanghae then places low class citizen Ha-Sun (Lee Byung-Hun), who strongly resembles himself, in his throne.


1. "The Masquerade King" retells Mark Twain's "The Prince & The Pauper" set in Joseon era South Korea.
2. 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").
3. June 9, 2011 - Director Kang Woo-Suk & lead actor Jung Jae-Young dropped out of the project due to differences with production company CJ E&M.
4. November 14, 2011 - Lee Byung-Hun accepted lead role vacated by Jung Jae-Young.
5. Filming began February 12, 2012 at Namyangju Studios in Namyangju City, Gyeonggi Province.
6. Filming finished June 14, 2012. .


Lee Byung-Hun - King Gwanghae / Beggar Ha-Sun

Han Hyo-Joo - Queen

Ryoo Seung-Ryong - Heo Gyun

Kim In-Kwon - Warrior Do

Kim Myung-Gon - Park Choong-Seo

Shim Eun-Kyung - Court lady Sa-Wol


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Posted 11/4/11 , edited 11/4/11
I don't like this actor. I feel like frustrated anger is the only emotion he can convincingly act out, his crying and laughing and everything else isn't very good, and he lacks charisma.
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First Look At Lee Byung Hun In His First Sageuk Project, “I Am The King Of Joseon”

First stills from Lee Byung Hun‘s first saeguk, I Am The King Of Joseon, have been released.

The film, inspired by the classic fairytale The Prince and The Pauper, has the actor playing dual characters—the 15th ruler of the Joseon Dynasty and the beggar Ha Sun, who bears an identical resemblance to the royal.

Shooting started on February 12th at Namyangju Studios in Gyeonggi Province, and in the following scene, King Gwang Hae meets Ha Sun, and they decide to switch lives.

More about the movie, via Soompi: “The mysterious character “Huh Gyun” that puts the impostor on the throne is portrayed by Ryu Seung Ryong, the heroine “Joong Jun” who knows about the secret of the real and fake king will be portrayed by Han Hyo Joo.”

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