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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.

King Gwang-hae (Lee Byung-hun) fears betrayal from every corner. He makes his minister Heo-gyun (Ryoo Seung-ryong) look for a doppelganger, and eventually he finds one in the form of a low life actor, Ha-seon who will take on the role of King.

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

“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.” Los Angeles Times.

“Lavishly entertaining Korean period spectacle works on every level from an ancient but still effective source.” Film Journal International.


Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2013. Winner of the Asia Pacific Screen Award for best performance of an actor by Byung-hun Lee.

Baek Sang Art Awards 2013. Winner of the best film.

Blue Dragon Awards 2012. Winner of the best art direction, best film, best director, best actor, best supporting actor, best screenplay.

Buil Film Awards 2013. Winner of best supporting actor and the Buil Readers’ jury award.

Grand Bell Awards, South Korea 2012. Winner of the best film, best director, best actor, best supporting actor, best screenplay, best costume design, best art direction, best music, best cinematography, best lighting, best editing and best effects/visual effects.

Korean Association of Film Critics Awards, 2012. Winner of the technical award.

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