New Korean movie : The Face Reader

The face reader is an upcoming South Korean film starring Song Kang-ho as the son of a disgraced noble family who goes around Joseon and studies physiognomy. He is able to assess the personality, mental state and habits of a person by looking at his or her face. His talents bring him to the royal courts where he becomes involved in a power struggle between Grand Prince Suyang and general Kim Jongseo, a high-ranking loyalist to King Munjong.


This new Korean movie opened at AMC EMPIRE 25 ,New York on October 4th. So, I went to AMC EMPIRE 25, on October 4th and watched The Face Reader.


After I watched the movie, I was moved by The Face Reader and it was very interesting. The Face Reader was about Nae-gyeong, the most skillful face reader in Joseon dynasty, was living in seclusion when he was offered a lucrative partnership by Yeon-hong, a gisaeng.


Nae-gyeong accepts the proposal to read the faces of Yeon-hong’s guests only to get involved in a murder case. With his face reading skills, Nae-gyeong successfully identifies the murderer and his skills are soon acknowledged by King Munjong who orders him to identify the potential traitors who threaten his reign.


However after the unexpected death of Munjong, Nae-gyeong is courted by Grand Prince Suyang who yearns to become King himself by killing the young successor Danjong. Nae-gyeong decides to keep his loyalty to the late King and help Kim Jongseo protect the young King which forces him into the biggest power struggle in the history of the Joseon dynasty.


I think that many Americans will love The Face Reader because they can feel totally different culture indirectly and there are many interesting scenes in this movie. Thus, I strongly recommend to you watch this new Korean movie.