Title: Bridal Mask / Doll Mask / Gaksital
Genre: Action
Episodes: 28
Productor: Yoon Sung Shik (The Slingshot)
Screenwriter: Yoo Hyun Mi (Green Rose, The Scale of Providence, Home Sweet Home)
Broadcast network: KBS2, Wednesday & Thursday 21:55
Broadcast period: 2012-May-30 to 2012-Sept-6
Bridal Mask based on Korean acrtoon, published in 1974 with title Gaksital by cartoonist Heo Young Man

Gaksital is a famous manhwa set in the 1930s, during the Japanese occupation. The hero, Lee Kang-to, is known as ‘Gaksital’ because he wears a mask to hide his face — one of those traditional play masks, specifically the rosy-cheeked one reserved for the female role, aka the bride. He’s an unassuming young man in real life, but when he dons his superhero mask, he fights injustice and rights wrongs during one of the darkest periods of Korea’s history.

Character Description

Lee Kang-to

His father, a high-ranking official active in the independence movement, died at the hands of enemy while the whole family was running away. He struggles with his older brother and his mother and Lee Kang To endures harsh life for a hope that one day his older brother will establish family’s name. But  his brother suddenly turns into a loony man because of independence movement.
Lee Kang To changes his heart and becomes realistic. Only by serving Japanese Empire, he would have honorable life.
He then throws himself into learning kendo and his working spirit got notice by his superior , makes him the top police officer. He lives his dream life u
ntil Bridal Mask appears and everything changes.

Mok Dan

A member of a circus troupe with a bright personality. Whenever she starts to feel despair, she reminds herself that she’s the daughter of a leader in the independence army, a man born into the lowly slave caste who rose to become army general. At the age of ten, she and her mother crossed the northern border in search of her father, only to have Mom die. And while Mok Dan hovered between life and death, she was saved by the young man. Her life’s goals become twofold: Find her savior, and find her father. It’s for that reason that she gives up an advantageous opportunity to leave for America and chooses instead to wander the entire country with a traveling theater troupe, learning the arts, keeping her ears open for any talk of those two men.

Kimura Shunji

A teacher living in the capital (Kyungsung, or old Seoul) with a gentle personality that belies a strong backbone. His father was a samurai and Shunji was raised learning how to swordfight, but he grew up to become the opposite of his father’s ways. When Dad told him that Joseon was a land of savages, he disagreed and gave up the sword, choosing to become a teacher there. Shunji was born in Kyungsung and had a loving Korean nanny, and perhaps for that reason he has affection for the country. He falls for a Korean woman as well, Mok Dan, who loves Kang-to, his friend. And this love rivalry with Kang-to sparks a change in Shunji

Chae Hong-joo

A Korean woman who takes up a Japanese identity and reinvents herself as Ueno Rie. Hong-joo/Rie is a strong woman with diverse sides—a singer, a gambling master, a spy who makes poisons and explosives—who’s skilled with artifice and lies. She was born to an aristocratic family, but because her father refused to monetarily support the independence army, the general killed him. Her mother died from the shock and their servants burned the house down, overturning her life entirely. Hong-joo became an orphan and beggar, driven to survive to avenge her parents’ deaths, becoming a gisaeng at the age of nine. The mere mention of Joseon’s independence army has her burning up in fury, which goes noticed early on by a Japanese man named Ueno Hideki, who adopts her as his daughter. Thus she undergoes army training and comes to Joseon to kill the man known as Bridal Mask who has been killing members of their secret organization Kishokai.

Credit : Dramabeans

Lee Family
Joo Won as Lee Kang To / Lee Young / Sato Hiroshi
Kim Woo Suk as young Lee Young
Shin Hyun Joon as Lee Kang San / Lee In
Yoon Hong Bin  as young Lee In
Song Ok Sook as Han Sii (Kang To’s mother)
Lee Il Jae  as Lee Sun (Kang To’s father)
Jun Hyun as Baek Gun

Far East Circus
Jin Se Yun as Oh Mok Dan / Boon Yi / Esther
Kim Hyun Soo  as young Boon Yi / Esther
Son Byung Ho as Jo Dong Joo (Leader of the circus)
Lee Kyung Shil as Oh Dong Nyun
Lee Byung Joon as Shin Nan Da
Son Yeo Eun as Seon Hwa
Seo Yoon Ah as Gye Soon

Independence Movement Members
Jun Noh Min as Dam Sa Ri (Mok Dan’s father)
Kim Myung Gon  as Yang Baek
Park Sung Woong as Dong Jin
Jung Eun Byul as Jin Hong
Choi Dae Chul  as Reporter Song
Ban Min Jung  as Juk Pa / Anna
Kim Bang Won  as Kim Deuk Soo
Kim Ji Min as Ahn Sub

Angel Club
Ji Seo Yoon  as Tasha
Baek Jae Jin as Director Bong
Choi Dae Hoon  as Minami Tamao / Lee Hae Suk (Lee Shi Yong’s son)
Jang Joon Yoo  as Merry
Lee Jae Won as No Sang Yub
Oh Eun Ho  as Suzy
Yang Hee Yoon  as Jenny

Kimura Family
Chun Ho Jin as Kimura Taro (Shunji’s father)
Park Ki Woong as Kimura Shunji
Park Joo Hyung  as Kimura Kenji (Shunji’s brother)

Kishokai Members
Jun Gook Hwan as Ueno Hideki (Hong Joo’s adopted father)
Han Chae Ah as Chae Hong Joo / Ueno Rie
Ahn Hyung Joon  as Jun Katsuyama
Bruce Khan  as Ginpei Kato
Kwon Tae Won as Choi Myung Sub
Kim Kyu Chul as Woo Byung Joon
Ahn Suk Hwan as Lee Shi Yong
Kim Jung Nan as Lee Hwa Kyung (Lee Shi Yong’s 2nd wife)
Kim Tae Young  as Park In Sam
Bang Joong Hyun as Park Sung Mo
Go In Bum as Jo Young Gun

Police Station Officials
Kim Eung Soo as Konno Goji
Yoon Bong Gil  as Abe Shinji
Yoon Jin Ho as Goiso Tadanobu
Kim Myung Soo as Murayama Yoshio
Choi Woong  as Kakawa

Other People
Song Min Hyung as Governor Wada Ryo
Choi Yoon Joon  as Chief Song (Chief of Kyungsung Hotel)
Yang Jae Won as Bae Man Sung
Kang Ki Hwa as Masako
Jang Kwang  as Central council senator
Kim Ki Hyun as Congressman Hyun
Hong Yeo Jin as Congressman Hyun’s wife
Joo Boo Jin  as Soon Yi’s grandmother
Ga Won  as Shim Soon Yi (ep 20-21)
Gil Gum Sung  as Nam Sung Hun (ep 21)
Park Bo Gum as Min Gyu (ep 26-28)

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Behind the scene photos


  • On April 18, a bus crash has killed one extra actor and seriously injured 30 other  extra actors of  Bridal Mask while the bus was heading to a filming location in Daebyangmyun, Gyungsamnamdo province.
    After the accident , the filming was halted for a week.

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1 2012/5/30 12.7 12.6
2 2012/5/31 12.4 12.4
3 2012/6/6 13.6 13.3
4 2012/6/7 15.6 14.8
5 2012/6/13 14.5 13.8
6 2012/6/14 15.0 15.5
7 2012/6/20 15.5 15.3
8 2012/6/21 15.5 15.4
9 2012/6/27 14.3 14.7
10 2012/6/28 14.6 15.9
11 2012/7/4 14.8 17.6
12 2012/7/5 14.0 16.5
13 2012/7/11 14.4 16.7
14 2012/7/12 16.3 17.3
episode date AGB TNS
15 2012/7/18 15.2 17.2
16 2012/7/19 16.8 18.1
17 2012/7/25 15.6 16.7
18 2012/8/1 18.0 16.9
19 2012/8/8 18.3 19.3
20 2012/8/9 19.5 20.6
21 2012/8/15 19.4 22.6
22 2012/8/16 19.7 21.9
23 2012/8/22 19.8 22.2
24 2012/8/23 20.3 22.3
25 2012/8/29 20.4 19.4
26 2012/8/30 21.4 22.8
27 2012/9/5 21.5 24.3
28end 2012/9/6 22.9 27.3
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