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Masquerade (2012)
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Masquerade (2012)
Original name: 광해, 왕이 된 남자
Genre: Drama, History
Country: South Korea
Duration: 131 min.
Story: During the confusing and conspiratorial Joseon Dynasty King Gwang-hae orders his councilor, HEO Kyun, to find him a double in order to avoid the constant threat of assassination. HEO Kyun finds Ha-sun, a jester who looks remarkably like the king, and just as feared, Gwang-hae is poisoned. HEO Kyun proposes Ha-sun fill the role as the king until Gwang-hae recovers fully and grooms Ha-sun to look and act every bit the king. While assuming the role of the king at his first official appearance, Ha-sun begins to ponder the intricacies of the problems debated in his court. Being fundamentally more humanitarian than Gwang-hae, Ha-sun’s affection and appreciation of even the most minor servants slowly changes morale in the castle for the better. However, his chief opposition, PARK, notices the sudden shift in the king’s behavior and starts to ask questions.
Style: suspenseful, captivating, realistic, stylized, serious, mad
Plot: royal court, hidden identity, treason, throne, king, joseon dynasty, ruler, political intrigue, save the kingdom, political conspiracy, danger, dishonesty, head of state, state affairs, forced into action, lookalikes, poisoning, right hand man, politics, royalty, body double, queen, graphic violence, coma, political unrest ...
Time: 17th century
Place: korea, asia, south korea

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, captivating and stylized films with plots about state affairs, royal family, politics, betrayal, political intrigue, dishonesty and political unrest mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres. Some movies like Masquerade: The Hollow Crown (2012), The Face Reader (2013), Elizabeth (1998), Recount (2008), The King and the Clown (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Hollow Crown (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 150 min.
TV show
Story: The Hollow Crown is a series of British television films featuring William Shakespeare's History Plays. The first Season is an adaptation of Shakespeare's second historical tetralogy, the Henriad: Richard II, Henry IV, Part I and Henry ...
Style: serious, captivating, epic, stylized, harsh ...
Plot: royal family, king, prince, queen, betrayal, rivalry, battles, power struggle, political intrigue, ruler, heir heiress, lovers ...
Time: 15th century
Place: england, europe
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The Face Reader (2013)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: South Korea
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Nae-kyung, the most skillful face reader in Joseon dynasty, was living in seclusion when he was offered a lucrative partnership by Yeon-hong, a Korean geisha. Nae-kyung accepts the proposal to read the faces of Yeon-hong’s guests only to get ...
Style: captivating, realistic, atmospheric, psychological, tense ...
Plot: joseon dynasty, political intrigue, royal court, coup, head of state, betrayal, society, politics, dishonesty, political unrest, korean history
Time: 15th century
Place: korea, asia
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Elizabeth (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The story of the ascension to the throne and the early reign of Queen Elizabeth the First, the endless attempts by her council to marry her off, the Catholic hatred of her and her romance with Lord Robert Dudley.
Style: factual, stylized, realistic, epic, serious ...
Plot: queen, queen elizabeth i, historical character, british history, royal court, british royal family, head of state, political intrigue, throne, politics, rise to the top, treason ...
Time: 16th century, 18th century
Place: england, europe, london, scotland, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
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Recount (2008)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A chronicle of the weeks after the 2000 U.S. presidential election and the subsequent recounts in Florida.
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, factual, intense ...
Plot: political conspiracy, politics, election, presidential election, republican, campaign, democrat, political corruption, state affairs, dishonesty, americana, legal action ...
Time: 21st century, year 2000
Place: usa, florida, texas, washington d.c., new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The King and the Clown (2005)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: South Korea
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Set in the late 15th century during the reign of King Yeonsan, two male street clowns and tightrope walkers, Jangsaeng (Gam Wu-seong) and Gong-gil (Lee Joon-gi), are part of an entertainer troupe. Their manager prostitutes the beautiful Gong-gil to ...
Style: serious, touching, atmospheric, sincere, cynical ...
Plot: king, rich and poor, jester, fighting the system, lifestyle, state affairs, royal court, society, joseon dynasty, against the rules, street performer, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 16th century
Place: asia, korea, seoul, south korea
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King Naresuan (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Thailand
Duration: 163 min.
Story: The film concerns the life of King Naresuan, who liberated the Siamese from the control of Burma. Born in 1555, he was taken to Burma as a child hostage; there he became acquainted with sword fighting and became a threat to the Burmese empire.
Style: serious, epic, emotional, captivating, realistic
Plot: rise to the top, young heroes, heroes, ambition, friendship, rivalry, teaching the ways of the world, political intrigue, head of state, state affairs, royal family, political unrest ...
Time: 16th century
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Silence (1971)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Two Jesuit priests encounter persecution when they travel to Japan in the 17th century to spread Christianity and search for their mentor.
Style: stylized, bleak, atmospheric, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: christianity, culture clash, human nature, fish out of water, disorder, religions or cults, clergy, danger, society, life is a bitch, jesuit, religious persecution ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia
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100%
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Rikyu (1989)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Late in the 1500s, an aging tea master teaches the way of tea to a headstrong Shogun. Through force of will and courageous fighting, Hideyoshi becomes Japan's most powerful warlord, unifying the country. Rikyu, through the tea ceremony and ...
Style: captivating, contemplative, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Plot: samurai, society, politics, state affairs, clergy, rise to the top, military, heroes, ambition, war, battles, political unrest ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: japan, asia, china, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Lion in Winter (1968)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: 1183 AD: King Henry II's three sons all want to inherit the throne, but he won't commit to a choice. They and his wife variously plot to force him.
Style: stylized, realistic, captivating, factual, suspense ...
Plot: king, christmas, mistress, queen, political intrigue, power struggle, infidelity, throne, rivalry, castle, royal family, family relations ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Elizabeth R (1971)
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Country: UK
Duration: 85 min.
TV show
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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TV show
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Style: enigmatic, exciting, tense, disturbing, suspense ...
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Time: 14th century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Tut (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Canada
Duration: 88 min.
TV show
Story: Explores the drama of power, political back-stabbing, war and murder and chronicles King Tut's rise to glory, his efforts to rule a chaotic empire and the enigma surrounding his death.
Style: captivating, serious, stylized, realistic, tense ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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A Frozen Flower (2008)
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The Throne (2015)
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Operation Sunflower (2014)
Genre: Drama, History
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Duration: 105 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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May 18 (2007)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: South Korea
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⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
To Kill a King (2003)
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Style: clever, talky, captivating, serious, realistic ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 5.1
 359
Falling Star (2014)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Spain
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Style: stylized, realistic, serious, captivating
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Mary Queen of Scots (2018)
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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King Sejong the Great (2008)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: South Korea
TV show
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Style: serious, atmospheric, stylized, political, realistic
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Time: 15th century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Gunpowder, Treason & Plot (2004)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 205 min.
Story: A BBC miniseries based loosely on the lives of Mary, Queen of Scots, and her son James I of England.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: king, royal family, execution, coronation, power, horse riding, rivalry, treason, betrayal, spy, conspiracy, monarchy ...
Time: 17th century, 16th century
Place: england, scotland, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.8
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The Fortress (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: South Korea
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Ancient Korea, 17th century. The powerful Khan of the Jurchen tribe of Manchuria, who fights the Ming dinasty to gain China, becomes the first ruler of the Qing dinasty and demands from King In-jo of Joseon to bow before him; but he refuses, being ...
Style: captivating, tense, suspense
Plot: qing dynasty, korean history, invasion, battles, castle, king, joseon dynasty, siege, fortress, showdown, warrior, assassination plot ...
Time: 17th century
Place: korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When Queen Elizabeth's reign is threatened by ruthless familial betrayal and Spain's invading army, she and her shrewd adviser must act to safeguard to the lives of her people.
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, epic, colourful ...
Audience: girls' night
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Place: england, europe, spain, scotland, america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Tsar (2009)
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Country: Russia
Duration: 116 min.
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Style: epic, atmospheric, bleak, stylized, contemplative ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.1
 886
O Jerusalem (2006)
Genre: Drama, History
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Duration: 100 min.
Story: A tale of friendship between two men, one Jewish and the other Arab, as the state of Israel is being created.
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, disturbing
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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