I finished watching Bridal Mask last night. And it didn’t disappoint me at all. This drama has fast-paced action, whirlwind romance, and side hits of comedy. You name it, Bridal Mask has it. Bridal Mask is a must-see. However, I do have little frustrations. Please bear with me as this is going to be a little long, and I’m going to be brutally honest. Hehe
The story revolves around the 4 main characters: Lee Kangto/Sato Hiroshi/Lee Young; Kimura Shunji; Oh Mokdan/Boon-Yi/Esther; Ueno Rie/Chae Hong Joo/Rara.
Joo Won portrayed the role of Kangto really well. I couldn’t imagine any other actor doing the role of Lee Kangto. Yes, that’s how deep Joo Won made an impact on me. He brought the character to life. He showed emotions like it was for real. When Lee Kangto’s loyalty was solely with the Japanese, he was violent, a womanizer, and very ambitious. He wanted to protect the Japanese empire. He even shot his own brother who was the first Bridal Mask. Gradually, he learned about the truth of his mother’s death and why his brother became a notorious masked hero. The truth woke Kangto up. He then continued his brother’s mission and became the new Bridal Mask.
Kimura Shunji, portrayed by Park Ki Woong, was a soft-spoken, kind-hearted teacher. He was strongly against his father who had a high position in the Japanese army. But in order to protect the woman he loves, he was forced to join the Japanese police and became a member of Kishokai. He only wanted to hunt Bridal Mask. But unrequited love and confusing lies turned him into a complete evil person. Ki Woong did such an amazing job! He really scared the living hell out of me!
Oh Mokdan was the woman that captured the hearts of Kangto and Shunji. She’s a daughter of a rebel who was fighting for freedom. Jin Se Yeon is such a pretty girl. She handled the character well. She’s young but this girl’s fierce! I love her! And I gotta say she has a beautiful smile. Everytime she smiles, she just lights up the entire scene.
Ueno Rie was an orphan adopted by a powerful Japanese leader of Kishokai, the organization supporting the Japanese government. Rie has the hots for Lee Kangto. She’s told to kill Bridal Mask, but decided to spare his life as she found out Lee Kangto is Bridal Mask. Han Chae Ah gave justice to Ueno Rie’s character. I always look forward to her scenes. Chae Ah is really gorgeous. And her character is very modern. Rie can be a bitch, and believes to get everything she wants.
Now you all know I’m a Kangto-Rie shipper. I read somewhere that Rie was supposed to be the female lead, but they change it to Mokdan. I don’t know why, but I just read it somewhere.
Imagine the intensity of the love line if Kangto’s OTP (one true pair) was Ueno Rie.
I love Oh Mokdan, and her chemistry with Kangto is adorable. Mokdan and Kangto’s love is more on the innocent side. I like it. But I would like it more if it was Rie. Rie is fierce as well. The path she chose is different from Kangto’s. Kangto is saving his fellow countrymen, while Rie’s destroying and owning it.
In the drama, we’ve seen how ambitious Rie was, but she gave it all up for Kangto’s sake. I wanted to see Lee Kangto fight as Bridal Mask, but is also dying inside because of his love for Rie. The two would eventually clash. For Rie, it’s ambition or love. For Kangto, it’s freedom or love. It’s a “damned” love story, there’s no way to continue, but to let go. But in the end they’ll fight for their love. Just imagine that. In my opinion, that’s much more interesting than the Kangto-Mokdan love story.
I did waver for awhile because of Katsuyama, the silent but deadly bodyguard of Rie.
He loves Rie but Rie loves Kangto. It’s just so heartbreaking. I was moved to tears when he confessed to Rie and that scene where he saved her life. Oh yes, he finally spoke! Haha!
Shunji too, when he told Rie that he’ll take care of her, I thought he was Rie’s OTP too. Though they’re not attracted to each other, but the constant fight and competition between them made the Shunji-Rie connection really hot! It would’ve hurt less if these two ended up together.
Another frustration is the death of Damsari, Mokdan, and Shunji. Damsari shot himself, and I was like “What the hell just happened?”. After all those escapes, those sufferings, those plans, he chose to end his life? Really?! He almost got killed at the public execution, he almost died so many times, but just like that, he killed himself. Oh c’mon! I felt terrible for Mokdan. She was waiting for him to come back, only to find out her father is dead. So sad.
Speaking of Mokdan, when Mokdan was shot by Shunji, I really cried my eyes out! It’s almost there, why does she have to die? I wanted her to have a happy ending with Kangto. Ok, I know it’s not going to be a happy ending for these two, but after all that they’ve been through, at least a happy ending for the lovers would give it a sense of justice.
And Shunji, just like Damsari, why in the world did you choose to kill yourself just like that?! I know he’s guilty for what he’s done, and his conscience is eating him alive. Of course, he just killed the woman he loves! But c’mon now! He should’ve paid for his sins and stayed alive. I was pretty devastated when Mokdan died, Shunji’s death just made me go berserk! The one that really suffered here was Lee Kangto. He lost his ladylove and his best friend. It’s just so tragic for Kangto. Everybody left him. And Rie, on the other hand, left to start anew. Well, we can say that there was a little hope for Kangto and Rie. hehehe ♥
Kangto and Shunji’s friendship was unbreakable, until love and lies occupied them. Bridal Mask holds the spot for “The most tragic Korean Drama that I’ve ever seen!”.
But behind the scenes, they’re so playful and adorable! When they filmed the last scene, the actors couldn’t help their tears. It was an emotional goodbye for the cast.
Bridal Mask is outstanding. For those who haven’t seen it, or is not really a Korean Drama watcher, I urge you to give Bridal Mask a try. I swear, you will NOT regret watching this. It’s close to perfection. I highly recommend this one!
(some gifs and photos are not mine, credits to the owners)