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The Fatal Encounter (역린)

역린 (yeok-rin)

Directed by Lee Jae-gyoo (이재규)

Screenplay by

Drama Historical

135min | Release date in South Korea :

Formerly known as "The King's Wrath"
"The Fatal Encounter" is
focusing on the story of politically embattled King Jeongjo (nicknamed the King of Misfortune), his dedicated servant Sang-chaek, and nefarious courtiers and assassins.

As the year 1777 opens, King Jeongjo enters the second year of his reign, which is consistently under threat from the opposing Noron and Soron factions. To successfully defend his royal power, Jeongjo draws upon his stores of courage and relies heavily on his loyal servant Sang-chaek. In a shocking twist, Sang-chaek turns out to be an assassin who was sent into service in order to kill Jeongjo. After witnessing King Jeongjo's capacity to justly rule the people, however, Sang-chaek comes clean about his true identity, and is banished from the court. As he leaves the palace, however, his eye catches sight of Sal-soo, the deadliest assassin in Joseon. Sang-chaek frantically returns to the court, only to find Sal-soo locked in combat with Jeongjo


The Fatal Encounter | Cast

  • Hyun Bin (현빈)
    Hyun Bin (현빈)
    King Jeongjo (정조)
  • Jung Jae-young (정재영)
    Jung Jae-young (정재영)
    Gap-soo (갑수)
  • Jo Jung-suk (조정석)
    Jo Jung-suk (조정석)
    Eul-soo (을수)
  • Cho Jae-hyun (조재현)
    Cho Jae-hyun (조재현)
    Gwang-baek (광백)
  • Han Ji-min (한지민)
    Han Ji-min (한지민)
    Queen Jeongsun (정순왕후)
  • Kim Sung-ryung (김성령)
    Kim Sung-ryung (김성령)
    Lady Hyegyeong of the Poongsan Hong clan (혜경궁 홍씨)
  • Park Sung-woong (박성웅)
    Park Sung-woong (박성웅)
    Hong Gook-yeong (홍국영)
  • Jung Eun-chae (정은채)
    Jung Eun-chae (정은채)
    Kang Wol-hye (강월혜)
  • Song Young-chang (송영창)
    Song Young-chang (송영창)
    Goo Seon-bok (구선복)
  • Lee Do-kyung (이도경)
    Lee Do-kyung (이도경)
    Ahn Gook-rae (안국래)
  • Seo Yi-sook (서이숙)
    Seo Yi-sook (서이숙)
    Go Soo-ae (고수애)
  • Kim Min-jae (김민재)
    Kim Min-jae (김민재)
    Choi Se-bok (최세복)
  • Kim Dae-myung (김대명)
    Kim Dae-myung (김대명)
    Kang Yong-hwi (강용휘)
  • Kim Joo-wan (김주완)
    Kim Joo-wan (김주완)
    Hong Sang-beom (홍상범)
  • Yoo Eun-mi (유은미)
    Yoo Eun-mi (유은미)
    Bok-bing (복빙)
  • Sung Yoo-bin (성유빈)
    Sung Yoo-bin (성유빈)
    Young Gap-soo (어린갑수)
  • Chun Bo-geun (천보근)
    Chun Bo-geun (천보근)
    Young Eul-soo (어린을수)
  • Goo Seung-hyun (구승현)
    Goo Seung-hyun (구승현)
    Young Jeongjo (어린정조)
  • Lee Jae-hee (이재희)
    Lee Jae-hee (이재희)
    Young Wol-hye (어린월혜)
  • Jeon Guk-hyang (전국향)
    Jeon Guk-hyang (전국향)
    Years return visit court lady (세답방상궁)
    Moon Ji-hyeon (문지현)
    Court lady Kim (김상궁)
  • Kim Chang-hoi (김창회)
    Kim Chang-hoi (김창회)
    Geum Wi-yeong leader (금위영조장)
    Jeong Jae-ho (정재호)
    Geum Wi-yeong 1 (금위영1)
    Bae Woo-kyeong (배우경)
    Geum Wi-yeong 2 (금위영2)
  • Kang Shin-ha (강신하)
    Kang Shin-ha (강신하)
    Geum Wi-yeong 3 (금위영3)
    Yeon Joon-won (연준원)
    Geum Wi-yeong 4 (금위영4)
    Han Yong-goo (한용구)
    Geum Wi-yeong 5 (금위영5)
    Oh Chang-woo (오창우)
    Geum Wi-yeong 6 (금위영6)
  • Han Soo-hyun (한수현)
    Han Soo-hyun (한수현)
    Rubrication (주서)
    Yoon Jong-goo (윤종구)
    Military center (중군)
  • Lee Jong-goo (이종구)
    Lee Jong-goo (이종구)
    Sim Hwan-ji (심환지)
  • Han Chul-woo (한철우)
    Han Chul-woo (한철우)
    Elder 1 (노론1)
  • Kim Jung-soo-I (김정수)
    Kim Jung-soo-I (김정수)
    Elder 2 (노론2)
    Song Seung-yong (송승용)
    Dongduk times minister 1 (동덕회대신1)
  • Jang Yong-bok (장용복)
    Jang Yong-bok (장용복)
    Dongduk times minister 2 (동덕회대신2)
  • Kwak Ja-hyeong (곽자형)
    Kwak Ja-hyeong (곽자형)
    Eo Yeong-cheong general (어영청장군)
  • Lee Sung-woo (이성우)
    Lee Sung-woo (이성우)
    Eo Yeong-cheong officer 1 (어영청무관1)
    Yoon Jae-gwang (윤재광)
    Eo Yeong-cheong officer 2 (어영청무관2)
    Kwon Soon-ho (권순호)
    Passing examination officer 1 (급제무관1)
    Kim Taek-soo (김택수)
    Passing examination officer 2 (급제무관2)
  • Go Bo-gyeol (고보결)
    Go Bo-gyeol (고보결)
    Return visit maid of honor 1 (세답방나인1)
    Choi Eun-seon (최은선)
    Return visit maid of honor 2 (세답방나인2)
    Kim Yoo-joo (김유주)
    Return visit maid of honor 3 (세답방나인3)
  • Park Jae-chul (박재철)
    Park Jae-chul (박재철)
    Gwang-baek underling 1 (광백부하1)
  • Kim Min-sang-II (김민상)
    Kim Min-sang-II (김민상)
    Gwang-baek underling 2 (광백부하2)
  • Ha Chul (하철)
    Ha Chul (하철)
    Gwang-baek underling 3 (광백부하3)
    Hong Nam-hee (홍남희)
    Gwang-baek underling 4 (광백부하4)
    Kim Hyeon-jin (김현진)
    Gwang-baek underling 5 (광백부하5)
    Lee Soo-bong (이수봉)
    Gwang-baek underling 6 (광백부하6)
    Kim Do-yeon (김도연)
    Gwang-baek underling 7 (광백부하7)
    Jin Hong-jae (진홍재)
    Gwang-baek underling A (광백부하A)
    Choi Yong-sik (최용식)
    Gwang-baek underling B (광백부하B)
    Lee Yong-chool (이용출)
    Gwang-baek underling C (광백부하C)
  • Lee Dong-yong (이동용)
    Lee Dong-yong (이동용)
    Jeon Gi-soo (전기수)
  • Yoon Byung-hee (윤병희)
    Yoon Byung-hee (윤병희)
    Henchman (똘마니)
    Choi Cheol-gyoo (최철규)
    Chabimoon escort (차비문호위)
    Lee Jeong-soo (이정수)
    Gibang man (기방사내)
  • Lee Eon-jeong-I (이언정)
    Lee Eon-jeong-I (이언정)
    Gibang gisaeng 1 (기방기생1)
    Kang Min-ji (강민지)
    Gibang gisaeng 2 (기방기생2)
    Lee Dong-cheol (이동철)
    Officer (사관)
    Lee Sae-ro (이새로미)
    Court lady (상궁)
  • Park Joo-hwan (박주환)
    Park Joo-hwan (박주환)
    Huang (황가)
    Han Dae-ryong (한대룡)
    Jeon Yoo-gi (전유기)
    Seok-hyeon (석현)
    Kang Byeol-gam (강별감)
  • Yook Se-jin (육세진)
    Yook Se-jin (육세진)
    Eunuch (내관)
    Hwang Jeong-dong (황정동)
    Short clerk (키작은점원)
    Oh Chan-dong (오찬동)
    Young clerk (어린점원)
    Lee Yong-chool (이용출)
    Workshop owner (공방주인)
    Kim Doo-roo (김두루)
    Workshop man (공방사내)
    Kim Joo-hwang (김주황)
    Wang Dae-bi eunuch 2 (왕대비전내관2)
    Lee Gyoo-hyeon (이규현)
    Yeong-jo (영조)
    Kim Joon-hwan (김준환)
    Sado crown prince (사도세자)
    Kim Joo-seung (김주승)
    Cart children (달구지아이들)
    Yoo Hyeon-chang (유현창)
    Cart children (달구지아이들)
    Kim Ye-rim (김예림)
    Cart children (달구지아이들)
    Yoon Ye-jin (윤예진)
    Cart children (달구지아이들)
  • Joel Lee (요엘 리)
    Joel Lee (요엘 리)
    Cart children (달구지아이들)
    Kim Geom-ho (김검호)
    Cart children (달구지아이들)
    Jo Seong-beom (조성범)
    Cart children (달구지아이들)
    Jeong Seong-min (정성민)
    Cart children (달구지아이들)
    Lee Gwi-hyeon (이귀현)
    Boatman (사공)
    Park Kyeong-ae (박경애)
    Woman (아낙)
    Yoo Kyeong-im (유경임)
    Old woman (노파)
    Kim Na-hyeon (김나현)
    Old woman's granddaughter (노파손녀)
  • Jung Won-chang (정원창)
    Jung Won-chang (정원창)
    Hand waving child (손흔드는아이)
    Jo Beom-geun (조범근)
    Underground tunnel child (토굴아이)
  • Kim So-eun-II (김소은)
    Kim So-eun-II (김소은)
    Underground tunnel child (토굴아이)
    Yoo Chang-joon (유창준)
    Underground tunnel child (토굴아이)
    Park Ye-na (박예나)
    Underground tunnel woman (토굴여자)
    Kim Go-oon (김고운)
    Probation court lady (견습나인)
    Lee Mi-ji (이미지)
    Probation court lady (견습나인)
  • Oh Jin-ha (오진하)
    Oh Jin-ha (오진하)
    Queen Jeongsun lady-in-waiting (정순왕후시녀)
    No Ji-won (노지원)
    Queen Jeongsun lady-in-waiting (정순왕후시녀)
    Jo Jeong-min (조정민)
    Queen Jeongsun lady-in-waiting (정순왕후시녀)
    Yeon-soo (연수)
    Queen Jeongsun lady-in-waiting (가야금시녀)
    Seok Jin-soo (석진수)
    Geum Wi-yeong/Assassin (금위영들/자객들)
    Lee Seung-hoon (이승훈)
    Assassin (자객들)
    Sin Dong-woon (신동운)
    Assassin (자객들)
    Lee Seung-joo (이승주)
    Geum Wi-yeong/Assassin (금위영들/자객들)
    Yoo Hyeon-deok (유현덕)
    Assassin (자객들)
    Ji Yoon-seong (지윤성)
    Assassin (자객들)
    Seol Min-yeong (설민영)
    Geum Wi-yeong (금위영들)
    Park Won-woo (박원우)
    Geum Wi-yeong (금위영들)
    Lee Sang-hyeon-II (이상현)
    Geum Wi-yeong (금위영들)
    Seong Ryoon-mo (성륜모)
    Geum Wi-yeong (금위영들)
    Lee Do-goon (이도군)
    Geum Wi-yeong (금위영들)
    Kim Nam-ryoon (김남륜)
    Geum Wi-yeong (금위영들)
    Byeon Woo-jin (변우진)
    Geum Wi-yeong (금위영들)
    Park Seon-yong (박선용)
    Geum Wi-yeong (금위영들)
    Kim Byeong-chan (김병찬)
    Geum Wi-yeong (금위영들)
    Kim Gi-soo (김기수)
    Geum Wi-yeong (금위영들)
    Lee Sang-hyeon (이상현)
    Geum Wi-yeong (금위영들)
    Park Ji-hye (박지혜)
    Wol-hye handwriting stand-in (월혜글씨대역)
    Kang Soo-ho (강수호)
    Letter handwriting stand-in (사관글씨대역)
  • Son Min-suk (손민석)
    Son Min-suk (손민석)
    Chae Jegong - Special appearance (채제공)
  • Ahn Sang-tae (안상태)
    Ahn Sang-tae (안상태)
    Wang Dae-bi eunuch 1 - Special appearance (왕대비전내관1)
  • Lee Da-in (이다인)
    Lee Da-in (이다인)
    Soo-ryeon - Special appearance (수련)
  • Kim Yeon-soo-I (김연수)
    Kim Yeon-soo-I (김연수)
    Ga Ya-geum Maids (가야금시녀)
  • Lee Joon-hyuk-I (이준혁)
    Lee Joon-hyuk-I (이준혁)

The Fatal Encounter | HanCinema Reviews

  • [HanCinema's Film Review] "The Fatal Encounter": K-King in a Cage + Watch movie [USA & Canada]

    There were numerous 'fatal encounters' around King Jeong-jo's first year in office; his reign (1776-1800) was riddled with factional rot and close-quarters corruption, and his accession was both immediate and threatening. It was a transitional period twisted by royal bloodshed and unruliness, the perfect personal and political storm for a visionary leader to stand steadfast and serve, or else risk becoming a feeble footnote to fortitude in Joseon's journals. Lee Jae-gyoo's "The Fatal Encounter" recounts the chaotic genesis of the 'King of Misfortune', and depicts a resolute (real-world dreamy) ruler determined to settle the sins and debts of his father(s). In particular, the film centres on one assassination attempt, that of Jeongyuyeokbyeon, and starts its story hours before a preordained bloodshed occurs under ominously stormy skies,...More
  • [HanCinema's Busan International Film Festival Movie Review] "The Fatal Encounter"

    From the film's very bleak, poorly lit opening, the tone is very clearly set that "The Fatal Encounter" has no intention of being a happy uplifting movie about the triumph of good over evil during a very dark time in Korea's history. Without ruining too much of the ending, it's really more of a triumph of general disgust over evil, because why would anyone need that much evil can we at least not murder children. Is that too much to ask? King Jeongjo (played by Hyun Bin) is less a beacon of hope so much as he is the only guy in the movie with a more noble motivation than just bolstering the people who like him,...More

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Lotte Entertainment (롯데엔터테인먼트)
 Kim Hyoung-ju (김형주)
 Lighting/cinematography department
 Mowg (모그)
 Score composer
 Jung Do-an (정도안)
 Special effects
 Jo Joo-hyun (조주현)
 Martial arts team
 Kim Tae-hwan-I (김태환)
 Martial arts team
 Kim Yong-soo (김용수)
 Martial arts team
 Kim Min-ho-IV (김민호)
 Martial arts team
 Jo Myung-haeng (조명행)
 Martial arts team
 Sin Min-kyeong (신민경)
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135 min 
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Airing dates : 2014/04/30
South Korean Box Office
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As of 2017.04.16 : 3 849 696 admissions (total)
As of 2014.06.22 : 3 848 898  admissions (total)
As of 2014.06.08 : 3 843 844  admissions (total)
As of 2014.06.01 : 3 839 326 admissions (total)
As of 2014.05.25 : 3 800 209  admissions (total)
As of 2014.05.18 : 3 648 367  admissions (total)
As of 2014.05.11 : 3 214 595 admissions (total)
As of 2014.05.04 : 1 697 190 admissions (total)
As of 2014.04.27 : 5 617 admissions (total)

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I Like You Hyeon Bin. You are very good. I hope you are having a very muscular body after military force. :)
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