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  1. Oct 30, 2012
    9
    how to become a king in 3 days, especially when the so called king is an impostor? beautifully directed, outstanding photography, rich script, nice plot, great music, smart film, and quite moving at some point, not to mention the incredible double performance of the king and impostor played by the same actor- a masterpiece of koreen cinematography for sure, a real gem to discover !!! don'thow to become a king in 3 days, especially when the so called king is an impostor? beautifully directed, outstanding photography, rich script, nice plot, great music, smart film, and quite moving at some point, not to mention the incredible double performance of the king and impostor played by the same actor- a masterpiece of koreen cinematography for sure, a real gem to discover !!! don't miss this one if you have to chance to view it THANK YOU MISTER Chang-min Choo. Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Mar 20, 2013
    50
    The film’s historical pageantry is fascinating to observe, even though the story is mostly conjecture. Competently directed, the real pleasure in this high-grossing South Korean film lies in its performances, which lighten the regal solemnity with comic warmth.
  2. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Feb 7, 2013
    70
    What it lacks in originality, it makes up for in Lee’s performance. He is effectively stern as the king. More importantly, he makes Ha-seon funny and movingly genuine.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Sep 28, 2012
    60
    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.