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[ARTICLE] ‘The Face Reader’ a smart, gorgeous tale of destiny
Song Kang-ho stars in “The Face Reader” as Nae-kyung, a man with a special gift for knowing people just by examining their heads. Provided by Showbox
With an all-star cast like Song Kang-ho, Lee Jeong-jae, Baek Yoon-shik and Kim Hye-soo, you might think “The Face Reader” has the makings of a hit - and you’d be right.
Released on Wednesday, “The Face Reader” is already dominating the box office, earning 2.5 billion won ($2.30 million) on Wednesday alone and accounting for 78 percent of the day’s ticket sales.
Set in the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897), “The Face Reader” is a tragic yet moving story about a group of people whose destinies are intertwined around a man with a nearly magical ability to read faces.
The Face Reader in question, Nae-kyung (Song), has been living a humble life in the mountains with his son (Lee Jong-suk) and brother-in-law Paeng-heon (Jo Jeong-seok), when Yeon-hong (Kim), madame of a well-known brothel in the capital city Hanyang comes offering a business proposal.
Tempted by the possibility of turning things around for himself and his son and brother-in-law, Nae-kyung sets out for the capital.
Once there, it’s not long until Nae-kyung’s knack for reading faces and the future is discovered by members of the royal court. After a few twists and turns, Nae-kyung is brought to the court to advise the king and high-ranking officials.
The first half of the movie is full of laughs, in particular Paeng-heon as a fish-out-of-water in the big city.
But all good things must come to an end, as troubles close to the king begin to loom over Nae-kyung, too. Before long, Nae-kyung finds himself in the middle of a power struggle between Grand Prince Soo-yang (Lee Jeong-jae) and the faithful scholar Kim Jong-seo (Baek).
Although the plot is somewhat predictable, the storytelling is done with style and all the actors bring much nuance and depth to their roles. In particular, Kim and Lee are riveting as ambitious, calculating and charismatic characters, both bringing unique forms of charisma.
Song, as always, has a strong presence on screen, displaying an array of emotions and behaviors, sometimes lazy, others drunk, but more importantly a father who is willing to put his life on the line for the sake of his only son. Paeng-heon, Nae-kyung’s brother-in-law and sidekick, brings humor, while bad boy Prince Soo-yang is a forceful villain, as fascinating as he is cruel and scary. Newbie Lee Jong-sukalso proves his worth as a rising Hallyu star.
In addition to the superb casting of some of Korea’s finest actors, the cinematography, costumes and set designs are also truly delightful. The pace of the story - galloping toward doom - is fast enough to keep the viewers attuned.
However, it does not take a magical face reader to guess how this tale will unfold, and most viewers will be able to guess the ending.
Although the movie kicks off with laughs, it’s not long before jokes give way to a more sinister, action-packed sequence of events. But unlike the non-stop frenzy of summer blockbusters, there is thoughtfulness and nuance in “The Face Reader” that lurks behind each pull of The Bow and swipe of the sword.
The movie transcends just the subject of reading character and faces, touching on the value and significance of family. The irony of subscribing to a world belief system based on destiny is questioned and the ending leaves viewers wondering about whether the story was really fate or a series of self-fulfilling prophecies. Or, as Nae-kyung puts so eloquently, “knowing how high the waves will be don’t stop them from crashing down”.
“The Face Reader" is a superb tale that asks big questions about life but also highlights the mundane, precious moments that inevitably lead to death.
- By CARLA SUNWOO [firstname.lastname@example.org]
- Source : koreajoongangdaily
[ARTICLE] “Lee Jong-suk’s fan presents him with coffee car and food truck”
Actor Lee Jong-suk’s fans sent him a big present.
The fans sent a food truck and a coffee truck to the filming site of the movie “Boiling Youth”.
The fans encouraged the staff and crew with the banner “Coffee Boiling Youth” and a picture of Lee Jong-suk on it.
The food truck had the sign, “Eat it or die. Don’t leave food waste” which is a parody of Lee Jong-suk in the drama ”I Hear Your Voice”.
Netizens say, “Lee Jong-suk’s fans are amazing”, “It’s all from the heart”, “It’s such a good present” and more.
Meanwhile, Lee Jong-suk takes on the role of Casanova Joong-gil in the movie “Boiling Youth”. It will be released next year.
Happy Birthday Lee Jongsuk!
[ARTICLE] “‘The Face Reader’ continues to top local box office with over 700,000 admissions”
South Korean movie ‘The Face Reader’ which is led by Song Kang Ho, Lee Jung Jae, Kim Hye Soo, and Lee Jong Suk, continued to fare impressively at the local box office, as it was revealed today to have collected more than 700,000 admissions in total after just two days of airing.
According to statistics released by the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) today, ‘The Face Reader’ had 323,187 admissions for September 12th. Adding to the 380,000 admissions it had for its opening day, ‘The Face Reader’ has now amassed 707,438 admissions after just 2 days of airing.
‘The Face Reader’ is set in the time when Sejo of Joseon seizes the throne in a coup, and follows the life of a talented face reader who can see one’s future by just reading faces, but soon sees himself being forced into the biggest power struggle in the history of the Joseon dynasty. The movie had already drawn much interest prior to airing, due to its star-studded cast of Song Kang Ho, Kim Hye Soo, Lee Jong Suk, Lee Jung Jae, Cho Jung Seok, and Baek Yoon Shik.
Following closely behind was ‘The Spy: Undercover Operation’ which attracted 45,528 admissions on the same day to place second, and brought its accumulated admissions to 1,277,581.
The comedy action movie talks of a secret agent named Chul Soo (Sol Kyung Gu) who is working on a case in Bangkok, Thailand that affects the entire country of South Korea. But his plans goes awry after he spots his flight attendant wife (Moon So Ri) who is supposed to be in South Korea, to be in Bangkok with a good looking man named Ryan (Daniel Henney). The chemistry between Moon So Ri and Sol Kyung Gu has been highly lauded by audiences, and the movie could well be the sleeper hit this fall in South Korea.
How will the battle between ‘The Face Reader’ and ‘The Spy: Undercover Operation’ develop from here on this fall? That is a question that many in the industry are keen to find out. ‘The Spy: Undercover Operation’ had topped the box office in the first week of its airing, but the entry of ‘The Face Reader’ this week has somewhat slowed its momentum. But with the lengthy Korean Thanksgiving holidays this year, there’s no clear cut winner as to who will come out on top.
‘The Moral Instruments: City of Bones’ which opened on September 12th, garnered admissions of 34,177 to place 3rd on the box office chart. ‘Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters’ was next on the chart with 12,306 admissions. ‘Monster University’ rounded up the top 5 with 8,202 admissions.
[ARTICLE] “Lee Jong suk to release new fashion pictorial, in concept of fantasy”
One of the hottest rising actors, Lee Jong suk became a character of a fairy tale at the shooting of new fashion pictorial with CeCi magazine.
Recently, Lee successfully ended hit series ‘I hear your voice’ and grasped female viewer’s hearts. With fashion magazine CeCi, he decided to release new fashion pictorial marking 19th anniversary of the magazine.
According the CeCi editor Park So hyun, despite busy schedules of film promotions and movie projects, he did not looked tired at all. Lee started his career as a model and he showed he still got the poses and expressions.
The main concept of the pictorial was ‘Lee Jong suk in Wonder Land’. As a prop, various items including stuffed animals and ropes were used. After the pictorial shoot, Lee had interview with the editor talking about his acting career and passion.
Meanwhile, the full length of interview and pictorial will be on October issue of CeCi magazine. (photo by CeCi magazine)
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[ARTICLE] “Lee Jong Suk can’t hide his charms for ‘CeCi’”
Lee Jong Suk recently did a photo shoot for the 19th anniversary of fashion magazine ‘CeCi’, and displayed his charms as a lead actor.
Having won the hearts of many female viewers with his role as Park Soo Ha in SBS TV drama ‘I Hear Your Voice’, Lee Jong Suk did a photo shoot this time with the theme of ‘Lee Jong Suk who came from a weird world’. In the photos, Lee Jong Suk is transformed into a wild beast that roams the jungle and has to be bounded for the photo shoot, and showing off a never-before-seen sight of him.
The photographer revealed that Lee Jong Suk had been busy with promotions for ‘The Face Reader’ and ‘No Breathing’, while also involved with filming for ‘Hot Blooded Youth’. But despite his tight schedules, Lee Jong Suk was still able to find time for this photo shoot, and show off his modelling charms.
The photographer said, “Lee Jong Suk came over after finishing night filming for ‘Hot Blooded Youth’. He didn’t even have any time to sleep. But he was still able to complete the photo shoot with the professionalism of a supermodel. He also revealed his thoughts about movies and his passion towards performing in the accompanying interview.”
Lee Jong Suk’s full photo shoot and interview can be viewed in the October issue of ‘CeCi’.
[ARTICLE] (091113) ““No Breathing” Trailer Viewed 870 Thousand Times – Seo In Guk and Lee Jong Suk Seem Set for Box Office Success”
Upcoming film “No Breathing”, starring heart throbs Lee Jong Suk and Seo In Guk, released its trailer recently, reaching over 870 thousand views in less than 24 hours.
“No Breathing” has beaten other competing films, such as “The Face Reader, which also stars Lee Jong Suk but only reached 490 thousand in its first 24 hours, and “Hwa Yi”, which reached 340 thousand. The number of views is even greater than “Secretly, Greatly”, which was the box office success of the the first half of this year, which achieved 630 thousand views of its trailer within 24 hours of its release. It seems the film’s stars have attracted previously unseen interest, boding well for its release.
The trailer offers a small peak into the lives of two boys’ intense rivalry as they fight to make it into the national swimming team. The trailer introduces the two boys as “Known by everyone as the number one swimmer on the national team – Jung Woo Sang”, portrayed by Lee Jong Suk, and “One whose swimming talents is of yet unknown – Jo Won Il”, portrayed by Seo In Guk, leaving film lovers curios as to how their rivalry will pan out.
This is Korea’s first film based around swimming and will focus the two characters’ struggles and relationships as they try to make the selection for the national team. The film will begin screening on the 31st of October.