It took me 5 days to finish watching this movie because there’s really nothing to watch… overrated and most of the time boring. It narrated the story of a used-to-be nobleman who can read people’s character and destiny by looking at their faces. To provide a better future for his limping son who set foot on his journey to become a minister, he and his brother in law agreed to try their luck at a courtesan house and drew a contract to read people’s faces. After his help in solving a murder case, he was summoned to help in reading which people have the positive faces who can work in the government. He eventually sided with Kim Jeong Seok by giving advises to the young King during the famous power struggle contest in Korean history against the evil Prince Suyang, but in the end they were outmaneuvered by the Prince’ cunning mind and ended up having his son killed after Suyang eradicated his arch enemy and his men.
If you are up to straight period film and if you are willing to bear the dragging strain of the storytelling, then by all means try your luck with this one. It boasts of famous cast ensembles but it didn’t trigger a gripping hook for me for its monotonous direction. Ironically historical stories draw strength with execution of the powerplays and retaliation to it, but it was mostly predictable at times with the eventual reversal of wickedness subduing the hero.