Bridal Mask tells a story of two brothers who live in Seoul in the 1930s, oppressed under Japanese rule during one of the darkest periods of Korea’s history.
Lee Kang To (Joo Won), the younger brother, is a rising star in the police force and works with the Japanese police to capture ‘Bridal Mask’ a mysterious freedom fighter who fights for independence wearing a traditional Korean bride’s mask. However, Kang To is unaware that his prey, ‘Bridal Mask’ is in fact his older brother, Lee Kang San (Shin Hyun Joon).
Kang To’s life is irrevocably changed after Kang San died. The death of his beloved older brother drives him to take up the bridal mask of his fallen brother and fulfill his dream of freeing Korea from Japanese rule.
- Drama: Bridal Mask (English title)
- Revised romanization: Gaksital
- Hangul: 각시탈
- Director: Yun Seong-Sik, Cha Young-Hoon
- Writer: Huh Young-Man (comic), Yoo Hyun-Mi
- Network: KBS2
- Episodes: 28
- Release Date: May 30 – September 6, 2012
- Runtime: Wed. & Thu. 21:55
Lee Kang-To (Joo Won) is a detective during the period of Japanese occupancy in South Korea. His father was a nobleman, possessing power and wealth, but he devoted himself and his fortune to the independence movement. His father was then killed. After the death of Lee Kang-To’s father, Lee Kang-To and his mother supported his older brother Lee Kang-San (Shin Hyun-Joon), who was smart enough to enter the top university. Yet, Lee Kang-San also took part in the independence movement. He was then arrested and became an invalid to due severe beatings. Lee Kang-To, sick of the independence movement, now wants to become successful no matter what. He then becomes a detective.
A month prior to the funeral of Lee Gong, a high ranking officer, Lee Kang-To captures a fighter from the independence movement. His name is Mok Dam Sa Ri (Jeon No-Min). Lee Kang-To is then promoted to a deputy assistant commissioner.
At Lee Gong’s funeral, Mok Dan (Jin Se-Yun) throws a stone at the picture of the deceased high ranking officer. Lee Kang-To and other detectives capture Mok Dan. At this time, the masked Gaksital appears. Gaksital saves Mok Dan from Lee Kang-To and escapes.
Later, Mok Dan is able to attend the trial of Mok Dam Sa Ri and the other fighters from the national independence movement. She then witnesses her father receiving the death sentence. Mok Dan then jumps out and fights Lee Kang-To and the court police to save her father. Mok Dan is captured and again faces Detective Lee Kang-To. Then, Gaksital appears and fights Lee Kang-To. During the skirmish, Mok Dan and her father are able to escape.
- Bridal Mask Torrent Files takes over the KBS2 Wed. & Thu. 21:55 time slot previously occupied by “The Equator Man” and followed by “Nice Guy” in September, 2012.