The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Face Reader (Gwansang)

Friday, Oct. 25, 2019 – Friday, Oct. 25, 2019

07:00 PM – 10:00 PM


Presented by Hyung Gil Kim, consulate general of the Republic of Korea in Houston

This costume drama—a Korean box-office smash—traces the rise and fall of a fortune-teller in the 18th century. The Face Reader gives entertaining exposition to the ancient art of physiognomy (face-reading), but it is the vicious court intrigue that shapes the film from maverick director Han Jae-rim.

Nae-gyeong (Song Kang-ho) reads people like an open book but remains blind to sea changes behind the corridors of power. No sooner has he moved to the capital city of Hanyang than he becomes a celebrity, entrusted by ailing King Moonjong (Kim Tae-woo) with discerning the faces of traitorous courtiers. However, Nae-gyeong is swept into a deadly power struggle between the country’s two most influential men: vice premier Kim Jong-seo (Baek Yun-shik) and the King’s brother, Prince Su-yang (Lee Jung-jae).

• “The Face Reader picked up six prizes at South Korea’s equivalent of the Oscars.” —Hollywood Reporter

• “The film boasts a number of attributes in terms of its technical achievements, from the gorgeous cinematography by Go Rak-sun that beautifully captures the era’s majestic colours to the elegant production and costume design by Lee Ha-jun and Shim Hyun-seob.” —Screen Daily

• Review: The Face Reader Is a Terrific Period Yarn

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Tickets for The Face Reader (Gwansang)

Friday, October 25, 2019 7 p.m.

Looking for Film Buff or Member tickets?

If you are a current Film Buff or Museum Member, please sign in to access your free and discounted tickets.

Price Qty. Total
Adult $10.00
Members pay only $8.00
Senior (65+) $8.00    $0.00
Sub Total: $0.00



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    Sunday, 12:15 pm - 7:00 pm
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  • General Admission

    • MFAH Members FREE
    • Adults $15
    • Seniors (65+ with ID) $10
    • Military (with ID) $10
    • College Students (19+ with ID) $7.50
    • Youth (13–18) $7.50
    • Children (12 & younger) FREE
    • Certain special exhibitions are ticketed, with an additional charge.
    On Thursday, general admission is free for everyone.

Directions & Parking

  • Free Parking
  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Make visiting a snap! Visit mfah.org/parking for complete parking info, including a map you can download.

    Two Parking Garages        

    Parking Garage Hours

    Open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    Parking Garage Fees

    • Parking payments may be made only with major credit cards, or with MasterCard and Visa debit cards.
    • The first 30 minutes are always free. On Thursday, parking is free for visitors who enter the Museum between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
    • For hourly rates, go to mfah.org/parking
    Recommendation for guests with limited mobility: Use the covered drop-off lane at the Main Street entrance to the Beck Building, or use wheelchair-accessible parking in the garage at 1144 Binz Street.

Special Offers / Dining

Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.

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