Masquerade (2012)

In order to avoid the constant threat of assassination, the tragic historic figure of King Gwang-hae orders his councilor HEO kyun to find him a double. Ha-sun, a jester who looks remarkably like the king, is finally chosen. But the day… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 21, 2012
DVD Release Date: June 11, 2013
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

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.

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Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Competently directed, the real pleasure in this high-grossing South Korean film lies in its performances, which lighten the regal solemnity with comic warmth.

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Beth Accomando

Director Choo Chang-min delivers a familiar tale with elegant skill and assurance. He proves that if you have a good story, there's no need to gild the lily.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Marc Mohan

As entertainment, it's a decidedly unstuffy costume drama that's compelling to the end.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

Lavishly entertaining Korean period spectacle works on every level from an ancient but still effective source.

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Elias Savada
Film Threat

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.

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Anton Bitel
Sight and Sound

a somewhat sentimental tale of royal intrigue and romance; a crash course on the claustrophobic, often bizarre details of courtly life; and a showcase for the acting talents of Korean superstar Lee Byung-hun, in dual roles.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
Formulaic, but thanks to the performances and execution, it's reasonably entertaining.
Jesse Ortega
This film is really a showcase for Byung-hun Lee's talents more than anything else. The story is certainly predictable and familiar but it is a well-told… More