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Masquerade (2012) (Blu-ray) (First Press Edition) (Korea Version) Blu-ray Region A

Lee Byung Hun (Actor) | Choo Chang Min (Director) | Han Hyo Ju (Actor) | Ryu Seung Ryong (Actor)
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Having played everything from romantic heroes and cool villains to vengeful agents and Storm Shadow, Korean superstar Lee Byung Hun takes on the first costume period role of his twenty-plus year career in the mega blockbuster Masquerade. Inspired by two missing weeks in the Annals of the Joseon Dynasty, Masquerade is a riveting The Prince and the Pauper-like drama about a commoner who becomes king after the real king has been poisoned. Lee Byung Hun gives an electrifying dual-role performance, playing both King Gwanghae – one of the most controversial monarchs of Joseon history – and the peasant who takes his place. Both a critical and commercial success, Masquerade swept 15 awards at the 49th Daejong Film Awards and amassed over 12 million admissions at the box office, making it one of the top five Korean films of all time.

Suspecting that his enemies are conspiring to kill him, troubled King Gwanghae (Lee Byung Hun) orders councilor Heo Gyun (Ryu Seung Ryong) to find someone who can act as his double. Enter Ha Sun (Lee Byung Hun), a crude jester who bears striking resemblance to the king. Ha Sun need only sit in the king's chamber at night and he gets paid handsomely, but everything changes when Gwanghae is poisoned. Keeping Gwanghae's critical condition a secret, Heo Gyun plants Ha Sun onto the throne to bide for time while the real king recovers. With each passing day, however, the lowly peasant begins to fit the role of king better and better...

Returning to a period role after her breakout success in the 2010 historical TV drama Dong Yi, Han Hyo Ju plays the Queen caught between the real and fake kings. Ryu Seung Ryong (War of the Arrows), Kim In Kwon (The Tower) and teen actress Shim Eun Kyung (Sunny) also give notable supporting performances in Masquerade. At the helm is director Choo Chang Min, whose previous Late Blossom turned into a sleeper hit in 2011.

This edition comes with a 40-page photobook and special features (commentary, making-of, deleted scenes, trailers).

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Product Title: Masquerade (2012) (Blu-ray) (First Press Edition) (Korea Version) 雙面君王 (2012) (Blu-ray) (首批限量版) (韓國版) 双面君王 (2012) (Blu-ray) (首批限量版) (韩国版) 王になった男 (2012) (Blu-ray) (初回限定版) (韓国版) 광해 (블루레이) (초회판) (한국판)
Also known as: 光海,成為王的男人 光海,成为王的男人
Artist Name(s): Lee Byung Hun (Actor) | Han Hyo Ju (Actor) | Ryu Seung Ryong (Actor) | Shim Eun Kyung (Actor) | Kim In Kwon | Jang Gwang 李秉憲 (Actor) | 韓孝珠 (Actor) | 柳承龍 (Actor) | 沈恩京 (Actor) | 金仁權 | Jang Gwang 李秉宪 (Actor) | 韩孝珠 (Actor) | 柳承龙 (Actor) | 沈恩京 (Actor) | 金仁权 | Jang Gwang イ・ビョンホン (Actor) | ハン・ヒョジュ (Actor) | リュ・スンリョン (Actor) | シム・ウンギョン (Actor) | キム・イングォン | Jang Gwang 이 병헌 (Actor) | 한효주 (Actor) | 류 승룡 (Actor) | 심은경 (Actor) | 김인권 | 장광
Director: Choo Chang Min 秋昌民 秋昌民 チュ・チャンミン 추창민
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2013-05-10
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Korean
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition, NTSC What is it?
Sound Information: DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Publisher: Stone Music Entertainment (CJ E&M)
Other Information: 1-Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1033176209

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광해 (블루레이) (초회판) (한국판)

*Screen Format: 2.35:1 AVC 1080p
*Sound Mix: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48khz-24bit)
-Commentary by 추창민 감독, 이병헌, 류승룡, 김인권, 장광, 원동연 대표
-왕이 된 광대
-삭제장면 with Commentary

*Director: 추창민

-CJ E&M의 29번째 한국영화 블루레이 [광해]
-초회한정 스페셜 패키지
-전국 1,231만명 극장관객 동원!
-광해군 8년, 사라진 15일 간의 기록이 2012년 스크린에서 되살아난다
-왕이 되어선 안 되는 남자, 조선의 왕이 되다!
-2012년 현세대가 바라는 왕! 웃음과 카타르시스의 결정체!
-월드스타 이병헌, 조선의 왕이 되다!
-이병헌의 첫 사극, 왕 vs 천민 완벽 빙의!
-대한민국 명품 배우들의 완벽한 조우! 류승룡, 한효주, 장광, 김인권, 심은경, 김명곤! 2012년 韓 영화 흥행돌풍 이어갈 배우진 주목!

역사에 기록되지 않은 또 한 명의 광해
왕위를 둘러싼 권력 다툼과 당쟁으로 혼란이 극에 달한 광해군 8년. 자신의 목숨을 노리는 자들에 대한 분노와 두려움으로 점점 난폭해져 가던 왕 ‘광해’는 도승지 ‘허균’에게 자신을 대신하여 위협에 노출될 대역을 찾을 것을 지시한다.
이에 허균은 기방의 취객들 사이에 걸쭉한 만담으로 인기를 끌던 하선을 발견한다. 왕과 똑같은 외모는 물론 타고난 재주와 말솜씨로 왕의 흉내도 완벽하게 내는 하선. 영문도 모른 채 궁에 끌려간 하선은 광해군이 자리를 비운 하룻밤 가슴 조이며 왕의 대역을 하게 된다.
왕이 되어선 안 되는 남자, 조선의 왕이 되다!
그러던 어느 날 광해군이 갑자기 의식을 잃고 쓰러지는 엄청난 사건이 발생하고, 허균은 광해군이 치료를 받는 동안 하선에게 광해군을 대신하여 왕의 대역을 할 것을 명한다. 저잣거리의 한낱 만담꾼에서 하루아침에 조선의 왕이 되어버린 천민 하선. 허균의 지시 하에 말투부터 걸음걸이, 국정을 다스리는 법까지, 함부로 입을 놀려서도 들켜서도 안 되는 위험천만한 왕노릇을 시작한다. 하지만 예민하고 난폭했던 광해와는 달리 따뜻함과 인간미가 느껴지는 달라진 왕의 모습에 궁정이 조금씩 술렁이고, 점점 왕의 대역이 아닌 자신의 목소리를 내기 시작하는 하선의 모습에 허균도 당황하기 시작하는데...

▣ <광해>초회 한정판 Blu-ray 패키지
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Professional Review of "Masquerade (2012) (Blu-ray) (First Press Edition) (Korea Version)"

June 25, 2013

This professional review refers to Masquerade (2012) (DVD) (2-Disc) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)
Lee Byung Hun, one of Korea's biggest and most popular stars, who recently also enjoyed success in Hollywood in the G.I. Joe films, returns with Masquerade, a historical drama directed by Choo Chang Min (Late Blossom). As with the recent similarly themed Korean effort I am the King, the film is another Prince and the Pauper tale set during two missing weeks in the rule of the famous King Gwanghae of the Joseon Dynasty. Perhaps partly due to the film being Lee's first ever period costume drama (not to mention seeing the star taking on a challenging double role), it proved incredibly popular at the domestic box office, pulling in more than 12 million admissions (marking it as the fourth highest grossing Korean film ever and the biggest hit of the year), as well as winning a mightily impressive 15 awards at the 49th Daejong Film Awards.

The film opens with Lee as King Gwanghae, a tormented man who suspects he has enemies in the court plotting against him. As a means of protecting himself, he instructs his trusted councillor Heo Gyun (Ryu Seung Ryong, War of the Arrows) to find him a double to take over in times of danger. Heo Gyun comes across bawdy performer Ha Sun (also Lee Byung Hun), who is given the job, which starts off easily enough with brief appearances. However, when the king is poisoned and is rushed off into hiding to recover, Ha Sun is coerced into taking over full time, Heo Gyun having to coach him into playing the regent convincingly. Initially terrified, Ha Sun gradually grows into the role and starts making decisions of his own, especially with regards to the queen (Han Hyo Ju, from the popular television drama Dong Yi). This of course only serves to complicate matters as people at the court start to notice the differences in the king's behaviour, with his foes suspecting that something is afoot.

With its premise being so familiar, despite its A-list cast, Masquerade was always going to have to come up with something special to stand out, its Prince and the Pauper setup showing a distinct lack of originality. Thankfully, writher Hwang Jo Yoon and director Choo Chang Min (Oldboy) get around this is in the best way possible, by bringing the script to engaging life through attention to detail and intricate plotting, the film going far beyond its rather basic concept. There's certainly a great deal going on, and the film compares favourably to other palace intrigue dramas in terms of tension and nuanced subplots, its many different schemes making it a fairly complex affair overall, even if the viewer is never really in much doubt as to where things are heading. At the same time, Choo also works in a surprisingly effective line in light comedy, mostly revolving around Ha Sun's amusing mistakes as he gets used to palace life and etiquette, and this makes for some decent laughs while keeping the film from ever getting too self-important.

The film's real strength and depth comes through its characters however, the script really going to some lengths to flesh out its cast and to give even the supporting figures their own motivations and plans. There's an absence of the usual stereotypes, and the film has a surprising emotional impact, steering away from the melodrama that might have been expected, definitely to its benefit. Lee Byung Hun plays a major part in this, excellent in the lead roles, making King Gwanghae and Ha Sun very different, yet convincingly similar. While Ha Sun's journey from lewd commoner to regal figure is inevitable, it's rewarding and satisfying to watch, and Lee does some of his best work to date here. The supporting cast are similarly of a high standard, in particular Heo Gyun, whose changing relationships with the king and Ha Sun are fascinating and provide some of the film's best moments, and Han Hyo Ju, who despite not having a huge amount to do makes the very most of her role as the confused queen. Kim In Kwon (The Tower) also impresses as the king's bodyguard, as does young actress Shim Eun Kyung (Sunny) as a court food taster, and having this kind of quality across the board gives the film a massive boost.

Also in its favour is the fact that the film is one of the best looking Korean productions of the last few years. The film obviously enjoyed a large budget, with some fantastic sets and costumes, and while down to earth and believable, it's a gorgeous and sumptuous affair throughout that does a great job of immersing the viewer. This fits well with Choo's ambitions for the film, which clearly ran to more than a retelling of the same old story, and the visuals go some way to giving the proceedings a more accomplished feel and wider sense of scope.

Masquerade is definitely one of the best Korean historical dramas of the last few years, a fine piece of palace intrigue that shows Lee Byung Hun on excellent form along with the rest of the cast and director Choo Chang Min. The only thing that lets it down somewhat is the over-familiarity of the story, though this doesn't detract too much from the overall entertainment value or the gripping intricacies of the plot.

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