The Face Reader

Synopsis: Set during the seizure of the throne by Sejo of Joseon in the year 1455, the movie follows the life of Nae-Kyung. Nae-Kyung, the son of a ruined noble family, goes all around Joseon and studies physiognomy. He is able to assess the personality, mental state and habits of a person by looking at someone's face. Because of his abilities, he gets involved in a power struggle between Prince Sooyang and Kim Jong-Seo.
Genre: Drama, History
Director(s): Jae-rim Han
Production: Pan Media & Entertainment
  16 wins & 16 nominations.
142 min


You came to kill me.

Kill you?

We were just preparing

your medicine.

Get out.

I'm sure I heard his voice.

We doubled the security

as you ordered.

Nobody will harm you.

You're the most powerful man

in this country.

I don't have power anymore.

There's nothing left.

My wife and daughter are dead.

I've nothing left.

Still the king gave

you the medicine

that chair, and the cane.

That's why I have to

defend myself.

The medicine's no use if

I'm going to be beheaded.


How could say such a thing?

He told me that's how I'll die.

He said it's on my face.

Who said something like that?

The face reader.


Isn't that superstition?

That's because you

never met him.

He knew everything.

He figured out everything

just by looking at a face.

He was the greatest

face reader in Joseon.

SONG Kang-ho

LEE Jung-jae

Where could this house be?

I heard it's near here.

BAEK Yoon-sik

JO Chung-suk

I can't walk anymore.

LEE Jong-suk

KIM Hye-soo

What's that?

We're here.

Gosh, she's heavy.

Nice atmosphere.

Good view.

Who are you?

Is this the house of

the famous face reader?


Oh didn't I tell you?

They're here to buy

my brushes.

You're looking for weasel fur?

Something like that.

I'm going to the market.

Enjoy your day.

Don't rush!

My nephew hates

face reading.

This way, please.

Let's get inside.

This is the weasel tail.

Very expensive.

Not interested?

Gosh, he's practically naked.

Nae-kyeong, get up.

Get up.

- Uhm, yummy...

- Alright, wake up.

He talks in his sleep.

He may look pitiful

but he's a professional.


You have clients!

They're waiting.

I drank too much.

They want to know if it's

a good business to

import silk from China.

Go away.


I don't talk to liars.


your eyes say you're not

good with money.

Your eyebrows and round eyes

are not for a businessman.

More for a eunuch

or a secretary.

Madame is good in business

but too good to be selling

just silk.

Peachy face and red lips say

you could be a shaman.

But highly unlikely.

Why did you lie?

I don't know what you want

but leave if you're going to lie.

You take me for a fool?

Lying to me like that?

Where are you from?

Are you laughing?

Don't lie to my


How dare you lie

to his face so blatantly.


I'm glad I came.

Do you know Yeonhong

the courtesan house?

You think I'm stupid?

High officials go there

for face readings and stuff.

She's the madame.

You're a face reader?

You don't look like one.

I'm an amateur.

My experiences

have taught me

a little bit about

reading people.

Hey, watch your hand!

Why don't you work for me?

You'll get to use your

talents to the fullest.

I'm the business partner.

He only does the reading.

We will pay for your service.

Take the offer

when it's there.

Life's too short to waste it away.

Do you want to live

like this forever?


Yeah, right.

My back!

Is he any good?

Not just good.

He can rock the world.

Rat whiskers?

Give me more.

You know those are rare.

Wait here.

My family haven't had

anything to eat.

Get him out!

Since you can't pay the tax

I'll take her instead.


Please don't!

- I have a husband, please!

- Alright, stay calm!

That bastard!

Are you nuts?

He's an inspector.

- Let me go!

- Please don't.

So, you just sit by

and watch?

If you do, we'll all die.

It'll irritate him more.

Smells good!

You have to turn it over.

Go away!

You've no idea

how to cook meat.


Did you eat yet?

We're eating chicken today.

We have chicken!

It's chicken day!

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