Inspired by the mysterious two weeks of missing entries in the palace journals during King Gwang Hae’s reign in early 17th century South Korea, director Choo Chang Min embeds his depiction of its court with a fictional yet enthrallingly possible chain of events.
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Lee Byung-hun gives an incredible performance, shifting from one role to the other masterfully, fluidly changing posture, tone and style, unlike the film's harsher transitions (with the addition of some unnecessary lighter scenes, presumably there to help with the pacing). Nonetheless, well worth a watch.