[Movie 2012] Gwanghae, The Man Who Became King 광해:왕이된 남자 Masquerade

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Gwanghae, The Man Who Became King

광해, 왕이 된 남자  Masquerade
Nationwide Release September 13, 2012

Starring: Lee Byung Hun, Han Hyo Joo, Ryu Seung Ryong,

Jang Gwang, Shim Eun Kyung, Kim In Kwon



Gross Production Cost: KRW 10 billion | Historical Fiction | 

Directed by Choo Chang-min | Starring Lee Byung-hun, Ryu Seung-ryong, Han Hyo-joo, Kim In-kwon, Jang Gwang and Shim Eun-kyoung 

Key fact: A triple role for Lee Byung-hun

Storyline: Ha-seon, a common performer, lives for ten days disguised as Prince Gwanghae, who has been threatened with a possible poisoning.

Crucial Scene: Tension grows when ‘the real king’ and ‘the fake king’ meet each other, Lee Byung-hun playing both of them.

Notable Remark: “This is a serious discourse on the image of a leader that contemporary times call for, but the voice is rather humorous throughout. Why do politicians lack the simple logic that even a common street performer can figure out?” - Producer Won Dong-yeon Storm Shadow Meets Slapstick Comedy

Lee Byung-hun plays three roles in the film: the performer Ha-seon, Prince Gwanghae and of course Ha-seon as he pretends to be Prince Gwanghae. The crucial aspect of his acting is the difference he can create between the characters. Won Dong-yeon, CEO of REALies thought, "Lee Byung-hun is the only one who can play this difficult role," as soon as he read the scenario. He added, “Acting as Prince Gwanghae and Ha-seon might be easy, but it is a different story when one actor has to simultaneously play as both of them in a single scene, which he managed to do quite well. By virtue of his abilities, not a single scene of the film gets boring.” Lee Byung-hun was working on G.I. Joe: Retaliation in Hollywood when casting decision were being made. Producer Won Dong-yeon and Director Choo Chang-min didn’t hesitate to fly to Los Angeles to meet him.

Yet, Lee Byung-hun was not sure if he could act in a comedy film. Won Dong-yeon said, “This film contains slapstick comedy. I knew he was worried because he had usually played serious characters up to this point. On the other hand, I also knew how humorous he is. All he needed to do was show his true nature.” After Lee Byung-hun became a Hollywood star, he was ironically pushed far from the public. However, Won Dong-yeon quelch the existing prejudice against him and said, “Once you watch this film, he will look like the guy next door. You will feel very familiar with him. He dares do whatever he can. He shows his butt and rolls on the ground.” Most of the scenes in Masquerade in the palace. Therefore the space of the palace becomes a very important element throughout the film. Scenes were actually shot at some of the real historical palaces in Seoul including Gyeongbok Palace, Changdeok Palace and Gyeonghee Palace. Only minimal computer graphics were used for background effects. Although the film is not a fusion of new and old but a legitimate historical drama, it aims at offering an eloquent and modern visuality. Also heightening the film's ambience is an orchestra of 60 musicians, lending it both class and dignity and making the soundtrack a must-listen.

Source: wikipedia
The confusing and conspiratorial 15th ruler of Korea's Joseon Dynasty King Gwanghae (Lee Byung-hun) orders his councilor, Heo Gyun (Ryoo Seung-Ryong), to find him a double in order to avoid the constant threat of assassination. Heo Gyun finds Ha-sun, a beggar who looks remarkably like the king, and just as feared, Gwang-hae is poisoned. Heo Gyun proposes Ha-sun fill the role as the king until Gwang-hae recovers fully and grooms Ha-sun to look and act every bit the king. While assuming the role of the king at his first official appearance, Ha-sun begins to ponder the intricacies of the problems debated in his court. Being fundamentally more humanitarian than Gwang-hae, Ha-sun’s affection and appreciation of even the most minor servants slowly changes morale in the palace for the better. Over time he finds his voice and takes control of governing the country with real insight and fair judgments. Even Heo Gyun is moved by Ha-sun’s genuine concern for the people, and realizes he is an infinitely better ruler than Gwang-hae. However, his chief opposition, Park Chung-seo (Kim Myung-gon), notices the sudden shift in the king’s behavior and starts to ask questions. The queen (Han Hyo-joo) is also conflicted between the real king and the fake king’s secret.

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December 20, 2011

Lee Byung Hun, Han Hyo Joo, Ryu Seung Ryong, Shim Eun Kyung 'King of Joseon' star-studded cast confirmed

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Han Hyo-joo in "King of Chosun" with Lee Byeong-heon



Actress Han Hyo-joo is attempting at a historical again and this time it's a movie.

Han Hyo-joo has recently confirmed to cast in the movie "King of Chosun" which is directed by Choo Chang-min from "Late Blossom". This movie is about a low class person acting as the ruler instead of the Gwanghaegun then opening his eyes to the position of a king.

Top star Lee Byeong-Heon is attempting at a historical for the first time since his debut.

Han Hyo-joo will take on the role of the queen, a strong woman who doesn't lose her elegance even though she aims for revenge at the changed king. She has once been in the MBC drama "Dong Yi" so this isn't her first historical. However, she has gotten herself a much stronger role as a queen than Dong-yi.

Han Hyo-joo has the luck of working with two top stars continuously as she has just recently finished the movie "Only You" with So Ji-sub and now she will work with Lee Byeong-heon.

"King of Chosun" will start shooting at the start of next year and be released at the later half of next year.

December 19, 2011

Han Hyo Joo to Star with Lee Byeong Heon in Next Project


Actress Han Hyo Joo has decided on her next project, a historical film titled “The King of Chosun.” The film has already confirmed Lee Byeong Heon as its male lead. The film follows the Prince and the Pauper motif, and Lee Byeong Heon will play both the 15th century King of Chosun (Gwanghaegun) and the commoner who looks exactly like the king. At the request of Gwanghaegun, the commoner poses as the King, while the King experiences the world beyond his palace walls. The film has already garnered much attention because it is Lee Byeong Heon’s first attempt at a historical piece in his long and illustrious career.

Han Hyo Joo will play the Queen, a resilient woman who maintains her dignity and grace even when unexpected events occur. The actress is no stranger to historical pieces, having successful pulled off her role as Dong Yi, a lowborn slave maid who eventually becomes a Concubine to the King during the Chosun dynasty, in MBC’s “Dong Yi” (2010). In “The King of Chosun,” Han Hyo Joo will be able to showcase a different appeal through her role as the spirited Queen.

“The King of Chosun” aims to premiere sometime during the second half of 2012.

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December 20, 2011

Han Hyo Joo to star alongside Lee Byung Hun in 'King of Chosun'

Source: Sports World via Nate, translated by chloejn


Actress Han Hyo Joo has been cast for the lead female role in the upcoming production, ‘King of Chosun‘.

‘King of Chosun’ previously made headlines after Lee Byung Hun confirmed that he would be taking part in his first historical work. Lee Byung Hun will be playing dual roles as King Kwang Hae Goon and the peasant-turned-fake king Ha Eun. Han Hyo Joo will star as the queen who’s caught between the secret of the two men. This will be their first time working together.

Han Hyo Joo’s casting drew immediate interest from drama fans, since her fame grew to international heights with MBC‘s ‘Dong Yi‘. The public will be interested to see if Han Hyo Joo will bring back that regal beauty and impassioned acting that made her famous in the previous historical drama.

‘King of Chosun’ (working title) will be the collaborative work between Hwang Jo Yoon (scriptwriter for ‘Old Boy‘) and ‘Mapado‘ director Chu Chang Min.

Also at 10Asia : Han Hyo Joo to join Lee Byung Hun in historical film

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Thank you for creating this thread, rubie!

Lee Byung Hun, Han Hyo Joo and Ryu Seung Ryong are all decent actors and their abilities are unquestionable.

I'd also saw Shim Eun Kyung a few years back in "The Legend" and her performance as the young Sujini was very remarkable.

Beautiful cast and interesting plot.. Excellent movie to look forward to in 2012!

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January 5, 2012

Big-budget films to open in 2012

By Lee Hyo-won

While 2011 saw the release of some novel, genre-defying works, not many local films aside from “Sunny” and “War of the Arrows” (a.k.a. “Arrow: The Ultimate Weapon”) managed to draw crowds at the box office.

This year, a lineup of big-budget films featuring the return of big stars await moviegoers.

Anticipated blockbusters

A diverse variety of works — ranging from melodramas and comedies to action flicks and thrillers — made on a budget of some 10 billion won will hit the big screen.

CJ E&M Pictures will present “Soar Into the Sun,” starring pop star Rain, and “Tower,” headed by actor Sul Kyoung-gu. “Soar” is a drama set in the air force that invited a top Hollywood crew for the aerial action while “Tower,” about fire fighters, is expected to present hot action and hot stars including actress Son Ye-jin and Kim Sang-kyung.

Showbox/Mediaplex will also offer flicks made on a hefty budge of some 10 billion won: fans can look forward to the return of “My Sassy Girl” heroine Jun Ji-hyun (a.k.a. Gianna Jun) acting opposite Kim Hye-soo, Oh Dal-soo and Kim Hae-sook in “The Professionals,” a crime drama shot in Hong Kong and Macau under the direction of “Tazza: The High Rollers” helmer Choi Dong-hoon.

Lotte Entertainment, which had a lucky 2011 with “Arrows,” the highest grossing homegrown film of the year, will release “Jeok” (Enemy). Directed by Kwak Kyung-taek, the action film is about a South Korean spy who sneaks into North Korean-occupied territory to search for his lover.


Source: Nate

Stars challenge new roles

“Hallyu” (Korean wave) star Lee Byung-hun and actor Cha Tae-hyeon will star in period pieces set during the Joseon Kingdom (1392-1910) for the first time. Lee will appear in “Joseuneui Wang” (King of Joseon), a “Prince and the Pauper”-esque story in which a commoner resembling the king takes the monarch’s place.

Cha will play the lead role in “Baramgwa Hamgge Sarajida” (Disappear With the Wind), which can be described as a Korean version of “Ocean’s Eleven” as top swindlers try to lay their hands on ice, a rare commodity at the time. The cast also includes Oh Ji-ho and Seong Dong-il, who co-starred in the period TV soap “The Slave Hunters” (Chuno).

Meanwhile, Koh Hyun-jung will take part in a mainstream movie for the first time in her 20-odd-year acting career. “Miss Go” is about a panic disorder patient who accidently becomes involved in a cat-and-mouse chase between the police and the country’s biggest crime ring.

Park Hae-il, who saw his “Moss” co-star Jung Jae-young disguised as an old man, will brave special costume and makeup to play a man in his 70s in “Eungyo.” The “Arrows” star made headlines recently for shaving off all his hair for the role. Kim Myung-min, who famously shed some 20 kilograms for “Closer to Heaven,” lost weight again to play a marathon runner in “Pacemaker,” which opens in theaters on Jan. 19.

Fans can also look forward to Han Ga-in’s return to the big screen. The actress ends a seven-year hiatus since “The Spirit of Jeet Keun Do — Once Upon a Time in High School” for “Geonchuk Gaeron” (An Introduction to Architecture). The romance is about an architect (Eom Tae-woong) who is commissioned to do a project by his unrequited love interest (Han).

Saving face

Top movie stars that saw rather disappointing box office results in previous years will have the opportunity to “save face” in upcoming works.

Ha Ji-won, whose 3D monster film “Sector 7” yielded an embarrassing admission score last year, will return as an Olympic ping-pong champion in “Korea.” Song Kang-ho, whose melodrama “Hindsight” was largely ignored by viewers, will appear opposite Lee Na-young in “The Howling.” He will reprise his iconic role as a detective, for the first time in nine years since “Memories of Murder,” in the serial murder story.

Hwang Jung-min and Uhm Jeong-hwa, whose films “Moby richard simmons” and “Mama,” respectively, saw mediocre box office sales, will team up in “Dance Queen.” Uhm will get back in touch with her singing career as she plays the role of a politician’s wife who becomes torn between helping her husband run for mayor and pursuing her longtime dream to become a musician. The comedy opens in theaters on Jan. 19. Release dates for the other films are yet to be announced.

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January 6, 2012

Coming soon

Story by Song Ho-jin The Hankyoreh

The Professionals is a crime drama showing Korean and Chinese professional jewelery thieves in Macau. My Sassy Girl heroine Jun Ji-hyun, along with Kim Hye-soo, Lee Jung-jae and Oh Dal-soo star under director Choi Dong-hoon famous for his work in Tazza: The High Rollers.

Disaster blockbuster Tower is expected to bring hot fire fighting action by Sul Kyoung-gu, Kim Sang-kyung and Son Ye-jin.

His iconic role as a detective will be revived, as the first time in nine years Song Kang-ho will play a detective with Lee Na-young in the serial murder story The Howling.

Beside them, a lineup of films waiting for premiere includes Joseuneui Wang, King of Joseon, starring Lee Byung-hun, action comedy Miss Go by Koh Hyun-jung, melodrama Eungyo by Park Hae-il, Korea, about the united table tennis team of North Korea and South Korea, by Ha Ji-won.

Pacemaker, starring Kim Myung-min, opens on Jan. 19.

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finally, found a news about "I'm The King of Joseon"..

according to this....................................................................http://gall.dcinside...413&page=1&bbs=

someone tweet about Han Hyo Joo had costume fitting for the movie. She had chosen 2 costume..

and if my own translate was right, the filming will begin in 6th februaryohmy.gif (I thought it had started)

I really hope my own translate didn't rightlaugh.giflaugh.gif

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Thanks shy_hyo for the movie update.. we really don't have very much info right now, huh. But I do believe that they have started with the movie preparation and script reading for the filming because there hasn't been any LBH sighting since January 5. The tweet about costume fitting might be what they're currently preparing before the camera starts rolling. Hopefully the movie have started filming some scenes that it'll smoothly finishes in time. Besides HHJ already has another movie waiting, right? :)

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Movieweek No.512 capture courtesy GBWcafe.daum 6875


Movieweek no.512: The King of Joseon, a humorous historical movie

English translation by Barbara at from Chinese text at

'The King of Joseon' is a historical comedy performed in a humourous manner exploring how a genuine leader of that period should rule. According to a representative of the production company, the fact that Lee Byung Hun is acting should not give the impression that this is a "serious and factual historical drama." This movie is more relaxed than 'Welcome to Dongmakgol' and has less depth than 'King and the Clown'.

'The King of Joseon' contains profound political satire elements. Street artists who have not studied politics all their lives are aware of things that career administrators are unaware of. The movie does not force feed its audience a message. The audience will laugh through the movie, but will realize its meaning only after leaving the cinema.

'The King of Joseon' is Lee Byung Hun’s first historical drama. At first, the actor is concerned that his image and the character do not match. However, as LBH is quick-witted and full of sense of humor, the Director said the movie will bring out his cheerful personality.

'The King of Joseon' is a story about the King Gwanghee, facing the danger of being poisoned, uses an entertainer (Beggar Ha Sun) who looked exactly like him to rule the country for 20 days. Ha Sun never plays by the rules, but the people around him were gradually influenced by him.

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wuahh, thank you rubie..laugh.giflaugh.giflaugh.gif

so, the story won't be too heavy..

I do like comedy, but I hope the story won't be too lights toolaugh.gif

I like a movie that filled of good message but still has a lot of fun when I watched it..

Really hope this movie will be like thatlaugh.gif


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February 2, 2012

Korean film in 2012


SEOUL, KOREA — The Korean film industry has a lot to offer for the year of 2012. Korean films have been gathering more attention around the world and in the domestic market, as Korean films gain attention and Korean actors and producers take part in more international collaborations.

According to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the market share for Korean films was 51.9%, up from 46.5 in 2010 and marking the first time in modern history that Korean moviegoing audiences showed a marked preference for domestic movies. As well, film exports increased by 14% in 2011.

Five Korean films sold more than four million tickets in Korean theatres in 2011, up from just two in 2010. Those include Sunny by director Kang Hyeong-cheol and Detective K, directed by Kim Seok-yoon, as well as Kim Han-min’s War of the Arrows, which sold almost 7.5 million tickets. The Crucible, based on the novel of the same name by Gong Ji-young, shone a light on the sexual abuse scandal at Gwangju Inhwa School, causing the public, the media, and lawmakers to sit up and take notice.

Already several movies have been released this year. Dancing Queen stars Uhm Jung-hwa as the wife of a politician who leads a secret life as a dance singer. Veteran actor Ahn Sung-gi stars in Chung Ji-young’s Unbowed, which depicts the 2007 incident known as the “crossbow terror” incident, in which a university professor fired a crossbow bolt at a judge. A 3D animated feature film, The Outback is a joint Korea/U.S. coproduction about a circus koala.

PHOTO: Already in theatres: Dancing Queen (CJ Entertainment) and Unbowed (NEW)

February will see yet another film starring Song Kang-ho, who has received acclaims throughout his career for films such as JSA, Memories of Murder, and The Host. He appears this time in action-drama Howling, in which he pursues a killer dog. Ha Jeong-woo is set to appear in three films this year; in February he and Oldboy star Choi Min-sik will costar as gangsters in Nameless Gangster, and also as a “Male Bridget Jones” in Love Fiction, both films out in February. Later in the year he will appear as a North Korean spy in The Berlin File. Other releases for the month include Han Ji-won’s The Angel’s Breath, a drama about an actor who dreams of becoming a star, and 2 Lines, a documentary by Ji Min about cohabitation.

PHOTO: Howling (CJ Entertainment)

March will be a busy month for new releases. Lee Sun-gyun, who broke through in the TV drama The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince, will appear in Train, a mystery thriller based on the novel All She was Worth by Miyabe Miyuki. Speaking of coffee, the historical drama Russian Coffee depicts King Gojong’s love of coffee, based on a novel by Kim Tak-hwan. Kim Ji-woon, who is currently in the U.S. directing Arnold Schwartzenegger for the 2013 film Last Stand, will showcase his directing talents alongside colleagues Han Jae-rim and Lim Pil-seong in The Fall of Humanity, an omnibus of three science fiction stories. Kim’s segment deals with a robot that gains sentience. Lim’s segment tells the story of a zombie apocalypse from the point of view of a zombie, and Han’s chapter is a musical movie set at the end of the world. If you want something a little safer, Bae Gwang-soo’s drama Eighteen and Nineteen tells of a scandal with adolescent fraternal twins Hoya and Seoya, and Lee Kwang-kuk’s Romance Joe tells a more conventional love story about a struggling film director and a coffee shop waitress.

PHOTO: In Russian Coffee (Cinema Service), Park Hee-soon depicts King Gojong, and Kim So-yeon serves him coffee.

After that, there seems to be a bit of a break in Korean releases until June, with the release of horror movie Don’t Click by Kim Tae-kyeong starring Park Bo-yeong. After watching an unidentified video, her character Se-hee must save her sister and her boyfriend from...something, presumably this time not a ghost who likes to crawl out of televisions.

PHOTO: Don't Click (Showbox Media Plex) teaches you to be careful what links you open on your computer.

Set for a summer release is Yeongasi, which is described as a natural disaster movie but with a plot more akin to Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Parasitic horsehair worms -- Yeongasi in Korean – mutate and begin infecting humans, controlling their minds. The star, Kim Myeong-min, received a neck injury while filming a scene where he is attacked by an angry mob. He had anticipated the injury and didn’t let it slow him down.

Many other Korean films are set to be released this year with no definite opening date yet. International star Lee Byeong-heon is set to appear in both an American and a Korean film, revisiting his character Storm Shadow in G.I. Joe: Retaliation and taking on a double role in I am King of Joseon, an adaptation of The Prince and the Pauper about a king and a beggar who switch roles. Rain stars in war film Soar into the Sky, a remake of Shin Sang-ok’s 1964 film The Red Muffler about air force pilots. Rain himself began his compulsive military service in October 2011 following the wrap of filming.

Two of the most anticipated films of 2012 will square off for best heist movie. Director Choi Dong-hoon will release his fourth movie, the highly anticipated The Thieves, a heist film set in Macao which has been called the Ocean’s Eleven of Korea. It features a star-studded cast including Lee Jung-jae (Oh! Brothers), Kim Yoon-seok (The Chaser), Kim Hye-su (Tazza: the High Rollers), and Jun Ji-hyun (My Sassy Girl), along with Chinese actors Simon Yam and Angelica Lee. It may face stiff competition from Kim Joo-ho’s The Grand Heist, which has been described as the Joseon Dynasty version of Ocean’s Eleven. Rather than cash or diamonds, the target of the film’s heist is a rare commodity of the Joseon era: ice.

PHOTO: The Thieves (Showbox Media Plex) was filmed in Macao, Hong Kong, and Korea.

The latter part of the year should see the release of a diverse array of Korean films. Ko Hyeon-jeong stars in Miss Conspirator, a mob comedy about the hunt for misplaced drugs. Shin Jeong-won’s film The Fortune Tellers is a mystery film that sends an ensemble cast to Uljin to solve a mystery. Korea, directed by Moon Hyeon-seong, depicts the story of the first victory of the inter-Korea team at the 1991 Chiba Worldwide Table Tennis Championships. Featuring actresses Ha Ji-won and Bae Doona, it should deliver some stirring performances. For the romantics, there’s also An Introduction to Architecture, a melodrama about an architect who rebuilds the home of his first love, in a nonlinear plot that skips between present and past.

PHOTO: Korea (CJ Entertainment) tells the story of North and South Koreans cooperating to win the 1991 tournament.

There will doubtlessly be many more Korean films released throughout the year. In order to make Korean films more approachable to foreigners residing in Korea, Korean films are often screened with English subtitles at theatres such as CGV Yongsan. Listings may vary throughout the year. For more news on Korean films, visit

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it looks like there are just the two of us in this thread, rubielaugh.gif

hope there'll be more news about this movie, so this thread will be crowdedhappy.gif

maybe some of Hyolic had known about the filming "I'm the King of Joseon" will start at 10th February.

we already know about it from Hyo Joo's schedule in February, BH ent just updated the schedule about a week ago.

I really can't wait, hope there'll be some photoslaugh.giflaugh.giflaugh.gif

You can see Hyo Joo's schedule in here..

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February 7, 2012

Korea’s most anticipated films of 2012

By KANG Byeong-jin

With the start of the new year, the Korean film industry looks to its brightest prospects. KANG Byeong-jin profiles eight highly anticipated films of 2012.



In production. Directed by SHIN Jung-won. Starring KIM Su-ro, LEE Je-hoon, GANG Ye-won. Produced by Dasepo Club, Saram Entertainment. Distributed by N.E.W.Release planned for the first half of 2012.

Korean fortune-tellers not only tell the future, but they also chase away ghosts. The background of <Fortune-tellers> is Uljinri where a decades-old evil spirit rules. When mysterious accidents and events keep happening without avail, fortune-tellers from all over the country gather to hold a shaman ritual.

Master Park, who gets paid for performing exorcisms around the country; the monk Shim-in, who studied with him under the same master but is now telling sundry couple’s fortunes around old Tabgol Park; the boy Wol-gwang, who can’t tell what will happen from one moment to the next; Seung-hee who is skilled at taro cards and can see the memories stored in all objects; Suk-hyun who has a doctorate in engineering and makes all kinds of demon-chasing equipment. In addition to them, newspaper reporter Chan-young, who has come to Uljinri to cover it, joins them in facing off with the evil spirit.

Somewhat like the US TV series <Heroes>,<Fortune-tellers> is the story of a dream team of superheroes wielding different supernatural powers at the right times and right places.

Of course, it’s subject matter with potential for director Shin Jung-won’s idiosyncratic black comedy. Moreover, the film takes place mainly on a treasure ship and so Shin is planning thrills from adventures of the likes of <Goonies> and <Indiana Jones>.

The film also features Lee Je-hoon, who rose to stardom with his performance in <The Front Line>, and Gang Ye-won, who was in <Haeundae> and <Quick>.

The Taste of Money


In post-production. Directed by IM Sang-soo. Starring Kim Gang-woo, KIM Hyo-jin, BAEK Yun-shick,YOUN Yuh-jung. Produced by Film Pas Mal. Distributed by Cinergy. Release planned for May.

More characters, more love and hate, more sex, more cash. Director Im Sang-soo’s seventh film <The Taste of Money> is set to be a more powerful and shocking film than his previous one,<The Housemaid>.

The main character JU Young-jak is the secretary to BAEK Geum-ok, a rich conglomerate owner’s woman. Baek covets Ju’s young body, and he has already sold his pride for money a long time ago. What tangles up their relationship is the appearance of Baek’s daughter Na-mi. Na-mi shows an interest in Young-jak, and he is also attracted to this girl who is so differentfrom her money-is-everything parents.We could say it’s a sort of erotic drama that takes place in the household of a conglomerate-owning family.

If <The Housemaid>asserted through a self-immolating woman the impossibility of overturning the classes, <The Taste of Money> is a film that asks the question of whether a beautiful and happy life really might be impossible in a dark society.

Youn Yuh-jung, who is virtually Im Sang-soo’s muse, plays Baek Geum-ok while Kim Gang-woo from <Le GrandChef> and <The Railroad> plays Ju Young-jak and Kim Hyo-jin plays Nami. What heightens our anticipation is how the veteran actors’ experience and the young actors’ charms will emerge in this film.

The film wrapped principal photography Jan. 20 and is set for a release in late spring.

The Thieves


In post-production. Directed by CHOI Dong-hoon. Starring KIM Yun-seok, KIM Hye-su, LEE Jung-jae,Gianna JUN, Simon YAM. Produced by Caper Film. Distributed by Showbox / Mediaplex. Release planned for second half of the year.

<The Thieves> is a story about five thieves from Korea and four thieves from China. Legendary thief Macao Park suggests a caper to his old colleagues. With a lot to pay back to Macao Park, Popeye, Pepsi, Anycall, Jampano, and Chewed Gum - each with their respective specialties in thievery - go over to Macao together to partner with Chen’s gang.

The Chinese thieves have a lot of secret stories, too. One dreams of revenge, another is a cop, and one thief suddenly falls in love.

Director Choi Dong-hoon, who portrayed crime procedures with such liveliness in his previous works <The Big Swindle> and <Tazza: The High Rollers>,is set to make an strong action entertainment film out of the light-footed operation that penetrates the iron-tight security system of a casino, adding in the conflict between his characters.

But this isn’t a film meant just for a cool caper like <Ocean’s Eleven> or <The Italian Job>. According to the director, “It’s just a thieves’ scene where love and conspiracy and betrayal run rampant, and they have to get together to do a job and split up, and the story is about whether they can split up well or split up badly.”

Kim Yun-seok from <The Chaser> and <The Yellow Sea>, Lee Jung-jae from <The Housemaid>, Gianna Jun (a.k.a. Jun Ji-hyeon) from <My Sassy Girl> feature in the film and Hong Kong’s Simon Yam adds his acting power.

Currently in post-production, <The Thieves> is the most anticipated Korean film for the summer season of 2012.



In post-production. Directed by MOON Hyun-seong. Starring HA Ji-won, BAE Doo-na, HAN Ye-ri. Produced by The Tower Pictures. Distributed by CJ E&M. Release set for first half of 2012.

True stories, and true sports stories are trend these days.<Korea>, which is about the single North and South Korean team that competed at the 1991 World Table Tennis Tournament in Japan, looks like it will amplify that trend.

Table tennis player HYUN Jeong-hwa, who became a star when she won the ’88 Seoul Olympics doubles competition, is perplexed at the news they are putting together a single team. The press is going on about how it is the first single North and South Korean team in 46 years of division. But, to the South Korean players and coaching staff, the North Koreans are simply strangers.

They only have 40 days to train together in order to get over the wall of the Chinese team, the world’s strongest players. Having been put together as a single team in a flash, without any trust as colleagues or affection as human beings, the North and South Korean players clash at every turn.

Hyun Jeong-hwa also has trouble with her rival LEE Boon-hee, who is also the “eldest sister” of the North Korean team. Even if they bear in mind they are of the same people, will Hyun Jeong-hwa and Lee Boon-hee, conditioned by two different systems, be able to make a miracle happen?

It’s said Hyun Jeong-hwa was a body double in some of the game scenes. Fierce smashing from Ha Ji-won, already known to give it her all as an master hand in action from films like <The Duellist> and <Sector 7>, and Bae Doo-na, who used to be a table tennis player in her youth, will be factors to anticipate. As with <Forever the Moment>, the fighting spirit of women sports players will no doubt heat up tear ducts again, too.



Waiting for release. Directed by YOO Ha. Starring SONG Kang-ho, LEE Na-young. Produced by Opus Pictures. Distributed by CJ E&M. Set for February release.

Four years after <A Frozen Flower>, director Yoo Ha has returned with <Howling>, an investigative thriller dealing with a series of wolfhound-related killings.

A self-immolation suicide happens in a city. Violent crimes detective Sang-gil, who is always getting passed up for promotion, and Eun-young start to investigate. Sang-gil deems the case to be a murder by ignition device, but Eun-young focuses on the animal teeth marks found on the corpse. Then one day, a murder occurs involving an unidentifiable beast. The two detectives discover clues that the teeth marks in common are from a wolf hound, and that the victims knew each other in the past.

<Howling> is based on the Naoki Award-winning Japanese novel “Frozen Cuspids” by Nonami Asa. The problem of how an adaptation of a Japanese novel could embody Korean appeal is solved by the actor Song Kang-ho. A rather unsophisticated detective dependent on instincts, his character could be reminiscent of PARK Doo-man in <Memories of Murder>. Lee Na-young plays a female detective who tries to get to the bottom of the case with her characteristic cool-headedness. What kind of synergy the two might have together is something to look forward to seeing as well. It’s rumored that as the clues multiply, the emerging identity of the wolf hound is also full of suspense.

The Tower


In post-production. Directed by KIM Ji-hoon. Starring SUL Kyung-gu, SON Ye-jin, KIM Sang-kyung. Produced by CJ E&M, The Tower Pictures. Distributed by CJ E&M.Release due in second half.

Kim Ji-hoon, who directed <May 18> and <Sector 7> thought up <The Tower> after seeing a documentary on the dangers of high-rise buildings.

“They said the highest point a fire engine ladder could reach is 19 stories. I wanted to see the level of isolation there and human beings and their will to survive, aggressive fire, and the passion of the firemen,” he says.

It reminds one of John Guillermin’s<The Towering Inferno>, but it has more action, and compared to <Sector7> has more human stories, explains the director. The setting for the fire is a skyscraper on Christmas Eve. As the worst fire in history starts, a hellish Christmas develops. KANG Young-gi, a fireman determined to save lives; restaurant manager SEO Yoon-hee, the building’s maintenance head LEE Dae-ho and others fight with the deadly fire from inside and outside the building.

<The Tower> might be better suited to Kim Ji-hoon’s leanings and character than <Sector 7>, which highlighted the shape of a monster more than human stories. The CGI and green screen work he experienced with <Sector 7> this time look to fire up audience members’ tear ducts. Sul Kyung-gu, Kim Sang-kyung, Son Ye-jin and other idiosyncratic actors feature as interesting characters as well..

The Masquerade King (Working Title)


In pre-production. Directed by CHOO Chang-min. Starring LEE Byung-hun, RYU Seung-ryong, HAN Hyo-joo, SHIM Eun-kyung. Produced by REALies Pictures. Distributed by CJ E&M. Release set for second half.

In the history of the Joseon Dynasty, Prince Gwang-hae was like a Shakespearean hero. This is why numerous historical films in Korea have taken him as a model. The film <The Masquerade King> tells the story of what happens when Ha-sun, a person of low birth who looks just like Prince Gwang-hae, takes on the role of substitute king.

Lee Byung-hun, who recently finished shooting <G.I. Joe 2>, plays both Gwang-hae and Ha-sun in his first time acting in a historical piece. RYU Seung-ryong from <War of the Arrows> plays HUH Gyoon, the royal official who leads the plot to seat Ha-sun in the king’s empty place. Han Hyo-joo from <Always> plays the queen who is conflicted between the real king and the fake king’s secret. Shim Eun-kyung, a lead from <Sunny>, plays Gwang-hae’s lady attendant Sa-wol.

Kim Myung-gon from <Seopyonje> returns to the screen after a long time, playing PARK Chung-seo, a court official who has an antagonistic relationship with Gwang-hae and eventually begins to suspect Ha-sun in his role as the fake king.

With a script by HWANG Jo-yun, who wrote <Old Boy>, <The Masquerade King> was a hot commodity from the script stage. Choo Chang-min, who previously did <Mapado> and <LateBlossom>, is directing.

Hoogoong: Jaewang-eui chub (English title TBA)


In production. Directed by KIM Dai-seung. Starring JO Yeo-jung, KIM Min-jun, KIM Dong-wook. Produced by HwangKiSung Films. Distributed by Lotte Entertainment. Release due in first half of the year.

Kim Dai-seung, who previously directed <Blood Rain> and <Traces of Love>, is now in production for a story about a girl who ends up in the palace as a royal concubine against her will.

It is set approximately during the early Joseon Dynasty.The daughter of a non-mainstream military official, SHIN Hwa-yeon(Jo Yeo-jung) one day becomes a royal concubine. It is her parents’ desire for power that has sent her to the palace. But she has someone she has grown up with and been in love with - a man called Kwon Yoo (Kim Min-jun). Having entered the palace, Hwa-yeon is torn between her relationship with Prince Seo-won (Kim Dong-wook) who is about to be crowned king, and her love for Kwon Yoo.

The problem is the fact that the palace where she lives is a place where one must have power in order to survive. Before she knows it, Hwa-yeon is thrown into the middle of a struggle to survive.

Since <Blood Rain>, director Kim Dai-seung has been dealing with the blind spots of people who throw themselves into hell. With <Hoogoong: Jaewang-eui chub> - which roughly translates to “Royal concubine: concubine to the king”, he is set to expand the world of greed and desire. The sexual relationship between king and royal concubine is also part of the nature of power that the film talks about and expands to human relationships.

The sets and costumes, as well as the music, are planned to be unlike those in Kim’s previous works in that they are endeavoring towards breaking the rules to maximize the greed and desire expressed in the film. Jo Yeo-jung, the heroine of <Bangja> will play the royal concubine Shin Hwa-yeon.

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February 13, 2012

The Kings of the Chosun

Source: Nate via


Lee Byeong-Heon's "King of Chosun" to be released in fall

Joo Ji-hoon's upcoming "So I Am King"

Micky Yoochun in "The Rooftop Prince"

Hwon isn't the only king of Chosun.

We are going to see various kings from the Chosun times in theaters and on home screens.

The kings to follow King Hwon (Kim Soo-hyeon-I) from the high rating MBC drama "The Sun and the Moon" are endless. Lee Byeong-Heon and Joo Ji-hoon will take over theaters as kings and Micky Yoochun will follow in the steps of Kim Soo-hyeon-I.

Lee Byeong-Heon will come back with movie "The King of Chosun" which is about Gwanghegun who was well known as a tyrant. This movie under the concept of 'king and beggar', is a fiction historical about the sick king replacing himself with a clown that looks like him. Lee Byeong-Heon has many looking forward to how he will portray the 'king of Chosun' that has become a craze.

Joo Ji-hoon will join the King of Chosun line with the comical movie "So I Am King". This movie also deals with subject matter of the king and the beggar changing roles. Joo Ji-hoon showed unusual enthusiasm for this movie.

Dramas are also another thing. Micky Yoochun will act out the role of an imaginary prince from the Chosun times who looks for his lost wife in the SBS drama "The Rooftop Prince". He is going to be a fool for love who sets out to find his lover 300 years into the modern times.

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Woo~ Heard filming has started...

I want stalker pics!!!

Argh.. Been waiting for this movie to start filming for so long........

I only saw 2 photos of the set from Facebook.. Hmm.

Anw Han hyo joo eonnie fighting! Wish u all the best for this movie!! ^_^

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Poll: Which 2012 Korean movies that you are most excited about?

As of February 25, 2012, 132 member(s) have cast their votes in the multiple-answers movie fun poll. The tally is not definite as members yet to vote can still pick their favorites. However, this is a one-time poll.. once voted, members will not be able to vote again. Related movie posters and info posted at the poll thread for reference

The current result starting with the highest voted movies rbhcool.gif

1. The Thieves

Lee Jung Jae, Kim Yoon Seok, Kim Hye Soo, Jeon Ji Hyun (46 votes [25.43%])

2. Miss Conspirator

Go Hyun Jung, Yu Hae Jin. Ko Chang Seok, Sung Dong Il, Lee Mun Shik, Park Shin Yang (42 votes [21.11%])

3. The King of Joseon

Lee Byung Hun, Han Hyo Joo, Ryu Seung Ryong, Shim Eun Kyung (39 votes [22.54%])

4. Coffee

Joo Jin Mo, Kim So Yeon, Park Hee Seon, Yoo Sun (31 votes [15.58%])

5. Introduction to Architecture

Uhm Tae Woong, Han Ga In, Lee Je Hoon, Suzy (31 votes [15.58%])

6. Korea

Ha Ji Won, Bae Doo Na (29 votes [13.07%])

7. Love Fiction

Gong Hyo Jin, Ha Jung Woo (19 votes [9.05%])

8. The Howling

Song Kang Ho, Lee Na Young (17 votes [9.25%])

9. Never Ending Story

Uhm Tae Woong, Jung Ryeo Won (15 votes [7.54%])

10. Soar into the Sky

Jung Ji Hoon, Shin Se Kyung, Kim Sung Soo, Yoo Joon Sang (15 votes [8.67%])

11. Papa

Park Yong Woo, Go Ah Ra, Daniel Henney, Son Byeong Ho (14 votes [8.09%])

12. Dancing Queen

Hwang Jung Min, Uhm Jung Hwa (13 votes [6.53%])

13. Train (aka Helpless)

Lee Seon Kyun, Kim Min Hee, Jo Sung Ha (13 votes [6.94%])

14. The Tower

Sul Kyung Gu, Son Ye Jin, Kim Sang Kyung (12 votes [6.36%])

15. Berlin

Ha Jung Woo, Han Suk Kyu, Jeon Ji Hyun, Ryu Seung Bum (10 votes [4.52%])

16. Nameless Gangster

Choi Min Sik, Ha Jung Woo (10 votes [4.52%])

17. Unbowed

Ahn Sung Ki, Park Won Sang, Na Young Hee, Kim Ji Ho, Moon Sung Geun, Lee Kyeong Yeong (10 votes [5.20%])

18. Sansevieria

Dir. Yoo Ji Tae, Bae Soo Bin, So Yoo Jin (7 votes [4.05%])

19. The Taste of Money

Kim Kang Woo, Kim Hyo Jin, Baek Yoon Shik, Yoon Yeo Jung (6 votes [3.47%])

20. Pacemaker

Kim Myung Min, Go Ah Ra, Ahn Sung Ki (5 votes [2.51%])

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It's the twitter of the producer for 'King of Joseon' A number of Japanese fans are following and tweeting the producer which he warmly replies (in Korean or Japanese).. but I'm not sure to correctly relay the content other than going through the Google-translator..If anyone has more to share with us, please do. Merci!

However.. he did tweet some movie updates & pics about the 'King of Joseon' crank-in, the filming till 5am as well as the movie's tentative release in autumn.. well, maybe.. that's what he's hoping for.. but wait.. could be the case indeed as Chusok is in autumn, right?

Fans with twitter, let's follow the Producer

Shywdy // Photos


With actress Han Hyo Joo (January 6, 2012)


With with Lee Byung Hun (January 13, 2012)


With actor Ryu Seung Ryong in costume at the filming (February 7, 2012).. presumably


Feb 7

류승룡. 연기력과 섹시함이 지금 만개해 있는배우. 그와의 작업이 너무 설레고 기대되고 기쁩니다

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yay.......many thanks rubie for always updating this threadlaugh.giflaugh.gif

we have to more patience to see screen caps or BTS photos than ordinary because this movie is EXTRAORDINARY..

"The King of Joseon" team......FIGHTING!!!!!!!

Glad to hear that this movie in big 3 as most anticipated movie this yearhappy.gif

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February 26, 2012

Still Cuts of Lee Byung Hun in "King of Joseon"

by: jbarky


The still cut for Lee Byung Hun’s first try at a historical movie “King of Joseon” was revealed for the first time. The story is about “King Kwang Hae” who was the most dramatic king during the Joseon Dynasty. A peasant named “Ha Sun” impersonates the king, in “The Prince and the Pauper” fashion.

The script is written by the writer for “Old Boy.”

Lee Byung Hun will play both the real “King Kwang Hae” and his imposter “Ha Sun.” The drama will have a stellar cast with interesting characters. The mysterious character “Huh Gyun” that puts the imposter 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.

This movie should be on your much watch list for 2012!


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February 27, 2012


Posted by goodange

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.”

Lee Byung Hun as King of Joseon, first charismatic stills revealed


Some still cuts have been revealed from the movie ‘The King of Joseon’ starring Lee Byung Hun. The movie marks the first try at a historical project for Lee Byung Hun.

The production company of ‘The King of Joseon’ revealed some still cuts on February 27th with images from the filming which kicked off on February 12th in Gyeonggi-do.

It’s been a while since Lee Byung Hun has been on the set in Korea for filming after wrapping up ‘G. I. Joe 2′. Even though this is Lee Byung Hun’s first try at a historic project, it is said that he took over the set with the dignity of King.

‘The King of Joseon’ (working title) is the story of an average person Ha Sun who bears an incredibly similar appearance to the most dramatic King of Joseon era, King Kwang Hae and what ensues as he takes the place of the King. Lee Byung Hun plays both the real King as well as Han Sun having to play the two extremes of characters.

For the historic project, Lee Byung Hun made some changes in his appearance including the facial hair. In the traditional royal outfit as well as the traditional hairdo, Lee Byung Hun’s look increases the level of anticipation on the movie.

The still cuts are from the scene where King Kwang Hae meets Ha Sun for the first time and it is said that Lee Byung Hun’s acting was superb in expressing the underlying feelings of the King as he lays his eyes on Ha Sun who bears so much likeness to him.

‘The King of Joseon’ is scheduled for premier this year some time.

Source: Star News via Nate

Large King of Joseon captures from GBWcafe.daum 6889



February 27, 2012

Lee Byung-hun to star as Joseon king in movie

By Claire Lee (

Popular actor Lee Byung-hun this month started shooting a historical epic based on the life of Gwanghaegun -- a 17th century Joseon ruler who was dethroned in a coup -- the movie’s producer CJ Entertainment announced on Monday.

The movie, whose working title is “King of Joseon,” is written by “Oldboy” screenwriter Hwang Jo-yoon and directed by “Mapado” and “Late Blossom” auteur Choo Chang-min.

The fictional plot of the film develops as the eccentric king runs into Ha-seon, a man from the lowest class who resembles himself, and puts him in charge of his royal position. Lee plays both the king and Ha-seon in the film. It is Lee’s first time starring in a period piece.

Since his TV debut in 1991, Lee has appeared in a number of popular TV dramas and movies, including KBS’ 2009 series “Iris,” director Kim Ji-woon’s 2010 thriller “I Saw the Devil,” and the G.I. Joe movies.

“King of Joseon” is slated to be open in theaters in late fall.

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February 27, 2012

Lee Byunghun's first historical film cranks in



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