The newest posters and teaser for upcoming Korean historical Ruler: Master of the Mask reveal an intense love triangle tainted by the struggle for power between Yoo Seung Ho, Kim So Hyun , and L (Kim Myung Soo). Intrigued? Here are detailed descriptions for each main character!
Yoo Seung Ho plays a strong crown prince who wages a lone war against an evil larger than anything the Joseon dynasty has faced. When he realizes that his people are suffering at the hands of an organization even he can’t stop, he takes a stand and destroys them from the shadows. The Pyunsoo Hwe aren’t just an organization with money; they are the de facto rulers of the country. By privatizing the water supply in Joseon, they have accumulated massive amounts of wealth, power and political clout. They are led by the villainous Dae Mok (Heo Joon Ho from Beautiful Mind), a seemingly warm and kind man who harbors evil beyond most people’s wildest imaginations. In name, there is a monarchy. In reality, the Pyunsoo Hwe pull the strings. Even the Crown Prince cannot openly fight them. But Lee Sun is the last hope of the people suffering under the dark hand of the Pyunsoo Hwe, and he isn’t planning on backing down. His poster reads, “I will tear down Pyeonsoohwae and create a Joseon for the people.”
Han Ga Eun (Kim So Hyun) is the woman the Crown Prince loves. The daughter of a military family, Han Ga Eun is extremely intelligent. She also has a strong sense of justice and is super unladylike. She also wants to take revenge on the Crown Prince for beheading her father. Instead, she falls in love with him, helps him grow as a ruler, and serves as his confidant in a world filled with betrayal. Her poster reads, “Why in the world did you kill my father?!?”
Lee Sun (L) is a commoner and the son of a butcher. Oddly enough, he is also somewhat the new king. He once used to believe that his life was worth nothing. In spite of his massive intelligence, he drifted away and lived a meaningless existence until Han Ga Eun taught him to read. Now, he is a stand-in for the king. A faker designed to distract from what the real king is doing in the shadows. And while he is incredibly intelligent and passionate, even he has a tough time being the target of the Crown Prince’s many enemies. Things get complicated when he falls in love with Han Ga Eun. His poster reads, “For your sake, agasshi, I will become the real king.”
Kim Hwa Goon (Yoon So Hee) is the granddaughter of the head of the Pyunsoo Hwe. She is used to getting whatever she wants and thinks the prince is a weak man who lives behind a mask. She has lived a tragic life, and she is supposed to be the Crown Prince’s most dangerous opponent — until she falls in love with him. Now, she must either fight for her family, or throw away everything and betray them to love the Prince. Her poster reads, “I will win the crown prince’s heart.”
And while he struggles to destroy the Pyunsoo Hwe, the Crown Prince also has a personal mystery to solve. When he was young, he was given a strange mask. He has lived behind that mask forever, and the only man who knows why is Woo Bo (Park Chul Min from Moonlight Drawn by Clouds), an old teacher of the prince’s. He now lives as an exiled noble, and holds the key to the prince’s childhood dilemma. His poster reads, “In this Joseon, the virtues of benevolence, righteousness, propriety, and wisdom are all crap.”
In the first new teaser, we see his struggle with having to remain behind the mask and deal with the heavy responsibility of being a ruler:
In the second teaser, we see the complicated relationship he has with his stand-in, played by L:
Can the crown prince stop an organization so ruthless, so powerful and so invincible? And what is the secret behind the mask?
Find out on May 10th, exclusively on DramaFever! Add it to your queue now!