The King's Face

The King's Face (2014)

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Drama series follows the life of Prince Gwang Hae. Even though he is the child of a concubine, he becomes the crown prince. For the next 16 years, until he becomes the King, Prince Gwang Hae suffers through dethronement and death threats. Using physiognomy as a weapon, he is able to become the King.

  • Native title:

    왕의 얼굴
  • Also Known as:

    Wangui Eolgool;

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farmaiai
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Feb 15, 2015
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 7.5
  • Rewatch Value 3.0
To help out those who are looking for a positive review of this drama, here I am writing my first drama review ever~
Hope I didn't give away too much here.
First of all, I wont call myself a saeguk fanatic, since I don't think I watch that much dramas of this genre, though I definitely do enjoy them and Korea's history.


Story:
Plot is interesting, satisfying amount of action and nerve-wrecking read more moments.
I definitely say that the content is like 80-90% political, with the remaining parts for romance, just to spice up and bring some colors to the political issues here.
I like how they focuses on the political history of Joseon with its neighboring countries instead of the usual domestic politics among the clans.
So I wont recommend it if you are looking for a more romantic saeguk drama like The Princess' Man or The Moon Embraces The Sun.


Acting/Cast:
I started this because of Seo In Guk, but that definitely isn't the main reason why i completed this.
- Seo In Guk
I do feel awkward at first seeing him acting in a historical drama, since this is his first.
I even thought that his voice isn't suited for a prince especially when he give out commands, which usually goes well with deeper voices.
But he improved over time, and before I knew it, I was too into his character, GwangHae, to even remember it's InGuk who's acting.
Definitely a good actor indeed.
- Shin Sung Rok
He's just PERFECT at playing the bad character. No words needed to describe it.
- Jo Yoon Hee
Not a fan of her acting. Keep feeling that there's something missing in the way she acts in some of her scenes.
- Others
I always feel that saeguk drama actors/actresses are the best. Most of them portray the characters clearly, which makes you hate or love them to the core.
Kim GyuRi's acting is worth mentioning, love the way she successfully acted the Kim GwiIn character that makes me dislike her, but at the same time feeling that she is pitiful and likable as well.


Music:
I'm addicted to it now, putting it on replay, so that should mean its nice ;)
I'm a huge ballad/emotional drama songs. They definitely have the good ones, the ones that when you listen to, you cant help but to replay scenes of the drama like an mv in your head. And it makes you emo afterwards (or maybe its just me XD)
Though I wish there are more songs instead of only 3 being repeated in 23 episodes.


Re-watch Value:
Since its hugely political, i don't think it is worth re-watching.
Unless one don't mind listening to the usual long political conversations in saeguk dramas :P
For InGuk fans out there like me, maybe it wont be so bad to re-watch it just to stare at how hot he is as a prince~~


Hope this helps :)
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purplenette
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Feb 6, 2015
  • Overall 4.0
  • Story 2.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 4.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
Finally! The King's Face is one of the most boring dramas I have ever watched. I must say that it rivals Fashion King in pointless endings. The entire drama is just so pointless. I started to hope Kim Do Chi would defeat them all.

The cast is mostly good. I started this because of Shin Sung Rok. My mistake. Even he couldn't save this drama.

Music would get on my nerves at read more times.

I will never watch this again.

I do not recommend this drama even to seaguk lovers.
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    mesuzuITA Nov 22, 2015 - edited

    Can you name similar drama to this one for me? I like saeguk but I'm afraid because a lot of people say it's boring.
    I don't care about romance much. I just want it to have a good plot, good acting and be interesting.

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      MinaVIP Nov 29, 2015

      Saeguk's are awesome! Not everyone find them boring, hey are persoanlly one of my favorite genres, so it's all a matter of opinion xP
      If you want something with a lot of good action, strategy and complex characters check out: Six Flying Dragons (currently airing), or Empress Ki (it focuses a lot on romance as well), Tree with deep roots, the princess man', Queen Seon Duk, Yi San and Secret Door those are some of my favorite Saeguk's :3 And all of them do have romance, either as a subplot or as a main plot ^^ enjoy!

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      mesuzuITA Nov 30, 2015

      Oh I must confused you with my statment. I meant to say: "I like saeguk and I want to watch this drama. But people say this drama is boring. So I'm worried of wasting my time."
      I watched Empress Ki, Tree With Deep Roots ( I loved it ♥) and Queen Seon Duk. Queen Seon Duk is a masterpiece! It's my favourite drama of all time and genres ♥ and I'm waiting Six Flying Dragons to ends so I can start marathoning it x3
      But is King's Face worthy like these three drama I watched?

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      MinaVIP Nov 30, 2015

      Oh sorry XD I definitely spammed ._. well, it's definitely a very good take on the story of Gwanghae, it's very emotional and I loved the dynamics between the King and his sons, it does get a bit slow during the last few episodes, but the ending is quite good so I recomend it ^^ if you like historicals, I don't think you should miss out on this one. But it is hard to top Empress Ki and Queen Seon Duk, for now, only Six Flying Dragons is able to slay those two xD (it has become my favorite sageuk of all time hehe xP)

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      mesuzuITA Nov 30, 2015

      No worries xD I think I'll give it a chance then x3

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      roumaissapilsuk Dec 26, 2016

      SIX FLYING DRAGONS ! it is definitely the best

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    Ice Nov 14, 2015

    This drama is frustrating

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    Ice Nov 13, 2015

    Damn you Shin Sung Rok!

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    Luna_ Oct 9, 2015 - edited

    Really want to start this drama for Shin Sung Rok (he was just epic in Liar Game & My Love from the Stars), but is it worth it? Heard the writing is quite messy, but if it's worth for the actors then I'd start it...and btw does he play the villain again?

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      MinaVIP Oct 11, 2015 - edited

      I think it was a really great drama. It portraits the relationship between the father (king) and gis two sonsvery well. It was a very emotional and frustrating srama to watch because i felt so bad for some of the characters Dx (frustrating in a good way that is. Since you cared for them) shin sung rok plays a villain yes. There are more than one though so he is one of the bad guys xD I recommend you to check it out! :3

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      Luna_ Oct 11, 2015

      Thanks for the reply! That sounds much better than most comments here, I might give it a try then ^_^

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      MinaVIP Oct 13, 2015

      I'm glad it was of help :)

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    maral Jul 29, 2015

    I liked it...it was cool.

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    Eos Apr 22, 2015 - edited
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    kreps Apr 17, 2015 - edited

    Is this drama thrilling enough to be called thriller?

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      Eos Apr 21, 2015

      It depends on you.. if you would ask me I am really excited to know what is going to happen.. It also has action, rebellion.. if you like plots with these I am sure you will love it

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    ShiNeeGiRl Feb 21, 2015 - edited

    Someone help me i need to watch a historical drama what shoult i choose : king's face or secret door !!!!

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      MinaVIP Feb 23, 2015

      King's Face! ^^ I watched both and I liked King's Face more xP

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    Reavel Feb 18, 2015
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    Alice Feb 8, 2015

    I feel very conflicted about that ending.

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    KamZ Feb 7, 2015

    Very lazy writing for a sageuk I must say.

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    sunflower63 Feb 7, 2015 - edited

    Being a saeguk lover I couldn't miss watching this drama and I have to say that it was nothing too original. The plot was really similar to many others seen before but what bothered me the most was how weak and vulnerable the King was depicted to be in this drama. I don't know if this really happened in Korean history but most of the King figures in saeguks are shown to have terrible personalities and not to be able to make decisions on their own and in this case it happened so many times that it got boring and on my nerves. What saved this drama was certainly the great acting of the two main leads Prince Gwang Hae and Do Chi (Seo In Guk and Shin Sung Rok) which made it all worthwhile. I am rating it with a 7 simply for this reason and I only recommend this to lovers of this genre like myself.

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      Lily2PM Feb 8, 2015

      That's why Kingdom Of The Wind is my favourite drama, the King was definitely not weak in that one...

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      SHIRLEY MOLINA Sep 17, 2015 - edited

      I so agree with you most of these dramas make you wonder why they wanted to be king , they were weak and had no say so the court literally made all decisions and they just affixed the seal. And yes they had horrible personalities and most were womanizer so history says. I think a drama with a new twist would be great but I guess we can't change history or could good writers make it at least more interesting. Just saying

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    Herbalis Feb 6, 2015 - edited
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    dore430 Feb 6, 2015

    Contrary to some, I believe this is one of the more memorable historical fiction dramas that I've seen thus far. Seo In Guk, as the Crown Prince, and Shin Sung Rok, as the villainous Kim Do Chi, were superb! All of the actors were fantastic, but these two hit a higher level! Thanks for the memories from a great drama...

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    MinaVIP Feb 6, 2015 - edited

    I really liked this drama, I think overall it was almost perfect, aside from some small things during episode 18-21, but that's just me xD the ending was very satisfying :) Recommended to anyone who likes historical dramas!

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      Ambitious_96 Feb 6, 2015

      how do you rate the romance? I need romance as good as The Princess' Man? =)

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      MinaVIP Feb 6, 2015

      A 6? I think they have a chemisty but romance is not the main point in this plot. I'd say if you're looking for a romance sub-plot then this is for you, but if you want a pure romance-driven plot then this is not the drama xD

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      Lily2PM Feb 8, 2015

      The romance here is definitely not like the Princess' Man… Like MinaVIP said the romance is a sub-plot…
      Something like the Princess' Man, you should try Queen In-Hyun's Man if you haven't seen it already ;)

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      camille Jun 7, 2015

      uhm does this really have so many political lines? i dont really like that type of drama but ive been thinking of watching this because of seo in guk.

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      MinaVIP Jun 7, 2015

      I think more than politics it's a story about family relations, like the king and his son, the bromance and rivalry between brothers so yeah...more like those personality and group dynamics. I'd say give it a try ^^ Seo In Guk did an awesome job!

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    23
  • Aired:

    Nov 19, 2014 to Feb 5, 2015
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
  • Network:

    KBS2
  • Duration:

    60 min.

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  • Score:

    7.4 (scored by 709 users)
  • Ranked:

    #1396
  • Popularity:

    #438

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