The Face Reader

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The Face Reader
The Face Reader poster.jpg
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Gwansang
McCune–Reischauer Kwansang
Directed by Han Jae-rim
Produced by Kim Woo-jae
Yu Jeong-hun
Ju Pil-ho
Written by Kim Dong-hyuk
Starring Song Kang-ho
Lee Jung-jae
Baek Yoon-sik
Jo Jung-suk
Lee Jong-suk
Kim Hye-soo
Music by Lee Byung-woo
Cinematography Go Nak-seon
Edited by Kim Chang-ju
Distributed by Showbox Mediaplex
Release date
  • September 11, 2013 (2013-09-11)
Running time
139 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office US$61 million [1]

The Face Reader (Hangul관상; RRGwansang; lit. "Physiognomy") is a 2013 South Korean film starring Song Kang-ho as the son of a disgraced noble family who goes around Joseon and a gwansang[2] expert. He is able to assess the personality, mental state and habits of a person by looking at his or her face. His talents bring him to the royal courts where he becomes involved in a power struggle between Grand Prince Suyang and general Kim Jongseo, a high-ranking loyalist to King Munjong.[3][4][5] It is the first installment of the Jupiter Film's three-part film project on the Korean fortune-telling traditions and was followed by two sequels, The Princess and the Matchmaker and Feng Shui in 2018.[6]

The Face Reader became one of the highest-grossing films in South Korea in 2013, with 9.1 million admissions. It won six awards at the 50th Grand Bell Awards, including Best Film, Best Director for Han Jae-rim, and Best Actor for Song Kang-ho.[7][8]

Plot[edit]

Nae-gyeong, the most skillful face reader in the Joseon dynasty, was living in seclusion when he was offered a lucrative partnership by Yeon-hong, a gisaeng. Nae-gyeong accepts the proposal to read the faces of Yeon-hong’s guests only to get involved in a murder case. With his face reading skills, Nae-gyeong successfully identifies the murderer and his skills are soon acknowledged by King Munjong who orders him to identify the potential traitors who threaten his reign. However, after the unexpected death of Munjong, Nae-gyeong is courted by Grand Prince Suyang who yearns to become King himself by killing the young successor Danjong. Nae-gyeong decides to keep his loyalty to the late King and help Kim Jongseo protect the young King which forces him into the biggest power struggle in the history of the Joseon dynasty.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Kim Dong-hyuk's screenplay won the grand prize at the 2010 Korean Scenario Contest held by the Korean Film Council.[9]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2013 50th Grand Bell Awards Best Film The Face Reader Won
Best Director Han Jae-rim Won
Best Actor Song Kang-ho Won
Lee Jung-jae Nominated
Popularity Award Won
Best Supporting Actor Jo Jung-suk Won
Baek Yoon-sik Nominated
Best Screenplay Kim Dong-hyuk Nominated
Best Cinematography Go Nak-seon Nominated
Best Editing Kim Chang-ju Nominated
Best Art Direction Lee Ha-jun Nominated
Best Lighting Shin Kyung-man, Lee Cheol-oh Nominated
Best Music Lee Byung-woo Nominated
Best Costume Design Shim Hyun-sub Won
Technical Award Kwak Tae-yong, Hwang Hyo-kyun (Special Make-up) Nominated
Im Dae-ji, Choi Tae-young (Sound) Nominated
34th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Film The Face Reader Nominated
Best Director Han Jae-rim Nominated
Best Actor Song Kang-ho Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Lee Jung-jae Won
Jo Jung-suk Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Kim Hye-soo Nominated
Best Screenplay Kim Dong-hyuk Nominated
Best Cinematography Go Nak-seon Nominated
Best Art Direction Lee Ha-jun Nominated
Best Lighting Shin Kyung-man, Lee Cheol-oh Nominated
33rd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best Actor Song Kang-ho Won
Lee Jung-jae Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Jo Jung-suk Won
Best Music Lee Byung-woo Won
CJ CGV Star Award Lee Jung-jae Won
2014 5th KOFRA Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Won
9th Max Movie Awards Best Actress Kim Hye-soo Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Lee Jung-jae Nominated
Jo Jung-suk Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Kim Hye-soo Nominated
Best Poster The Face Reader Won
Best Preview Nominated
19th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Director Han Jae-rim Nominated
Best Actor Lee Jung-jae Nominated
Best Screenplay Kim Dong-hyuk Nominated
8th Asian Film Awards Best Costume Design Shim Hyun-sub Nominated
50th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Film The Face Reader Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Lee Jung-jae Won
Kim Eui-sung Nominated
23rd Buil Film Awards Lee Jung-jae Nominated
Best Art Direction Lee Ha-jun Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Face Reader (2013)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2014-09-16.
  2. ^ Korean version of Physiognomy
  3. ^ Tae, Sang-joon (14 August 2013). "Director and Stars Gather for THE FACE READER Press Conference". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  4. ^ Ho, Stewart (27 March 2012). "Song Kang Ho Cast in His First Historic Movie Physiognomy". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  5. ^ Do, Je-hae (2 August 2013). "Period pieces dominate Korean cinema, TV". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-08-03.
  6. ^ Park, Jin-hae (13 August 2018). "Land determines one's fate in 'Feng Shui'". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2018-09-16.
  7. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (1 November 2013). "The Face Reader Shines at South Korea's Dae Jong Film Awards". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-11-05.
  8. ^ Conran, Pierce (4 November 2013). "THE FACE READER Picks Up 6 at 50th Grand Bell Awards". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2013-11-05.
  9. ^ Lee, Hye-ji (28 August 2012). "The Thieves stars Lee Jung-jae, Kim Hye-soo join Song Kang-ho's 1st historical film". TenAsia. Retrieved 2012-11-19.

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