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Joo Won takes the lead in Bridal Mask

Joo Won (Ojakkyo Brothers) has signed on to take the lead in Gaksital, or Bridal Mask, an upcoming KBS drama based on the 70s manhwa by Heo Young-man. So this is why he dropped the second lead in Moon That Embraces the Sun. Guess you can’t blame a guy for wanting to play a hero.

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. The manhwa itself, written in 1974, is described as astoundingly contemporary, and deals with a myriad of social issues, still praised for its nationalistic stance.

The 10-billion won project is planning to be a huge action-adventure blockbuster, and if they manage to pull it off with style, it could very well be this year’s City Hunter. Joo Won’s got some serious charisma as an action hero, and with two ratings hits already under his belt, it looks like he’s going for the kill with his third. I just hope they don’t take this whole mask thing too literally, because WHY WOULD YOU COVER UP THE PRETTY? Writing is Yoo Hyun-mi of My Happy Home and Green Rose, and directing is PD Yoon Sung-shik, of thriller masterpiece Story of a Man.

Bridal Mask plans for a May premiere on KBS. Um… is it May yet?

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Ooh, I'm looking forward to this!

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omo omo omo
ajusshi~~~

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LOL Ikr!?!?

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yessss......cause i love him !!!!

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definitely, definitely something i'll look forward to. they better get a female lead that's likeable. heehee

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This. Please. I love me some him so I'm going to watch it regardless, but I hope the female lead is just as awesome.

May needs to come now!

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Oh, man, since the PD is the same guy who did Story of a Man, I am expecting some great stuff. That drama was beautiful to look at.

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Yay!!!!! Perfect news to end the day :) even though May is far away, it's my birthday so this will be the perfect present!! Joo Won <3 <3 <3

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Seems interesting, may check it out.

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Awesome! Will there be subs?

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There will be if I have anything to do with it. First thing I did was run back to viki to see who has the drama.

Totally awesome news :-) 'see my big fat grin'

The mask better not obscure his dimples I tell ya!

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....does this mean YOU have it?

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Nope but the Poshie has it and we are the team that produced the subs for Can't Lose, Man oh Honor and we are doing Wild Romance. So just continuing with hopefully the same subbing/editing team.

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love him, but i heard he dropped out of Moonsun because OJK brothers was extended.
Sad, i really think he would have made the better 2nd lead than JIW

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I second to this. But now he already takes this role, I'm anticipating it. I can see him as the next Jang Hyuk. WOOP~

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What? i wud hv been pissed if he took that role in Mets. Juwon is too good of an actor to be 2nd lead. I'm so glad he got a break with Gaksital and everyweek i check its rating and im so thankful that its doing so well. Jowon has won me over and he's now one of my favs!

JIW was perfect for that role in MENS!! so glad Joo Won dropped out!! then he wudn't hv been in BM... its his destiny!!!

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Omo my lovely baby!

Um, I'm totally down for this. Directed by the PD of Story of a Man? 2012's looking fab already. :D

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Speaking of Moon the Embraces the Sun, when is that recap coming?! I've been stalking dramabeans just to read that one recap.

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or Wild Romance. either one will make my day. ;) i've watched both earlier. no KSH or JIW on MoonSun yet as the child actors are doing their stuff (maybe until ep.2).

Re:WR - I did enjoy it more because it was more fast-paced. Saw different sides of LSY & LDW. I know they do great comedy but they were crazy-funny in WR.

patiently waits...

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The child actors are 'round until Ep 6!!

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oh, really?!! my hope was they would exit by ep.4 at the latest. not that they're not great child actors, but i'm watching this for the adult actors y'know! ;)

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JOO WON!!! haha. Seriously though, while I love this guy, I've been waiting for him to do something...headliner like, you know?

I really do hope he does amazing in this.

And, if he gets to sing, extra plus!

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hehe, his cheeks look exactly like the manhwa picture btw XD

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as much as I love him as a fan, I'm still anticipating his acting. He's a good actor, but in certain moment his acting kind of weak. But I hope he'll doing better job with this drama.

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No, I know what you mean. He's one of those actors that you hope has the chops, and you cant help but love, but somehow dont make the kind of "star" impact that other actors do...

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10 billion krw is about $8.7 million U.S., roughly the budget of a high-end American independent drama film. I take a scholarly interest in how visible the alleged production budget is in the finished product, and am always curious about how the actors are compensated, given some of the working conditions we've read about. That said, this sounds great on paper! The mask reminds me a little of V for Vendetta. Like City Hunter, I'll bet it only has to be worn when necessary. ;-)

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Joo Won~!!!! Tae-hui ajusshi!!!!! <3

Whatever he comes in...I'll definitely be watching. XD

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Yes! Thank you drama gods for more JOO WON!!

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Is this the drama Jang Hyuk turned down b/c people said it was too similar to his other drama's or something? I just remember that manhwa cover since the design is so distinctive?
I'm not watching OB so I haven't seen him in action yet, but this drama seems like my cup of tea exactly so looking forward to the release :)

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Yes, you are right. They said that it was too close to Chuno and he didnt want to be typecast...
http://www.dramabeans.com/2011/10/busy-jang-hyuk-already-looking-at-next-drama-role/

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YES! YES! YES! YESSSSSSSSSS!!!!

Joo Won <3

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alls i gots ta say is.. HELL YEAH

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Nice. Dunno much about the writer (Green Rose had a decent story but I can't remember the dialogue being particularly memorable) But the PD is fabulous. Story of a Man was beautifully shot. And Joo Won at this point has only ever done massive hit dramas (Baker King was his debut role, I think) so may his lucky streak continue. Imma look forward to this one!

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YESS!!!! Joo Won, baby, I love you. BUT MAY?!!

2012 looks like it's going be great on the drama front. Drama gods, don't let me down.

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It's got my interest! May is not THAT far away. It's fun to have things to look forward to. :)

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Oh I love Joo Won oppa...your smile makes me going crazy...:D
can't wait to see you as a hero....Joo Won oppa, fighting!!

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This year's City Hunter ey... Hrm... Maybe I will check it out....

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PD of Story of a Man? Plus Joo-won? Count me in.

Just let me get through the January madness first. ;)

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wow. totally can't wait.
WHY he have to wear mask at all? *stompfeet*

if its up to me, i'll have him pout all the time. :D

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joo won....!!
i was sad when he dropped 2nd role in moon tha embrace the sun.. but with this kind of drama..?!? count me in ;-) i wonder who would be the female lead...

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Yeay... JOO WON.. I love him since Baker King Kim Tak Goo.. plus his role in Ojakgyo Brothers are so addictive.

Who will be the heroine... Can they cast Uee (ehem... ) or maybe someone who is young and fresh and baddass.

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OMG! this is just the greatest news... although it's months away from end of OB but i can wait a short while for another does of Joo Won... weeeeeeeh!

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err... dose of Joo Won i mean. :)

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I loooove Joo Won...he acts well and has the sweetest voice...hmmm

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Is it historical?

Oh, so that's why he dropped 2nd lead...he's going for the main. Well, good for you!

But i have a really good feeling about Moon/Sun...it will only boost Jung Il Woo's already popular self :)

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Yes i thought the same, JIW is just gonna rise higher. But i love him too... and with what ive seen of Moonsun soo far, I think he'll be great xD

But atleast it Joo Won did Moonsun, we'd see more of him. what will i do once OB finishes!!!???

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Regardless of the drama, I'm watching just for Joo Won. All I can say is ..... smokn'

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So this drama will take set on 70s?
hope it was present...it will be more exciting!!
Is it May yet?

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nope.. 30s.

I hope it will do well. Cant wait for Joo Won shi. He can be dorky, cute, manly and romantic too...

I notice that Joo Won already did 3 dramas under KBS. 2 of his dramas reach the gunmin (nation) drama status.. Congrats to Joo Won.

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let's pray it's not the city hunter of this year. ^^

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Joo Won as the lead? That alone already makes this better than City Hunter.

I'm crossing my fingers that they pick a good actress for the female lead. Hopefully it's not some idol or someone from SM who likes to shove their talent down people's throats.

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Yes, I agreed with you, I hope it will be better than City Hunter, of course. (crossing fingers)

......Please do something so awsome, PD director (from Story of a Man), okay!

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Interesting..

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OMG!!! More of Joo Won's amazing cheekbones, dimple and smile?! Bring it on!!! I love him in Ojakkyo brothers. His chemistry with UEE is great. The way he smiles and looks at her across the table is so heart-melting!!

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All I have to say is HELL YES!

I have fallen in love with him from watching snippets of Okjakkyo Brothers, he is so charming! Please main lead actress be someone I like and not an idol.. nothing against idols cos I do love kpop but I'm getting sick of them getting lots of drama roles when there are countless rookies actors/actresses waiting for their big hit.

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agree with 'Joo Won love', his acting is subtle when it has to be & dramatic at the right moments- I think & hope he'll go far.
addicted to ojakgyo bros mostly coz of him & those cute moments with Uee- if only I could bottle up their chemistry & sell it to other dramas & make billions of won :p

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Doesn't sound bad at all.. particularly if there's a chance that it might be 'this year's City Hunter'!

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YESSSS YESSSS YESSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I really love Joo Won since Ojakgyo Brothers and Baker King ~ ~ that's GREAAAT for him to do that for this drama & make him to become so popular and getting award somedaaaaay!!! ;) :D He's lucky to have an excellence chance for his importance future, mm!

Oooo, Is that same person from Story Of A Man...?? WOOOOOOT, I will be loooooking forward to THIS!!!! I can't help myself when I get excited, haha ~ ~ <3 <3

Hwaiting, Joo Won!

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Ooh lala. He is so easy on the eyes. No to that mask.

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I'm so excited. Joo Won as a lead.

Love him in Baker King and Ojakgyo Brothers. I think he can pull this off. Go Joo Won.

Wonder who will KBS cast as the heroine in this drama. For me, Joo Won alone is more than enough.

I hope that people can stop comparing him with Kang Dong Won.. They may be look alike in some angle but I think Joo Won is Joo Won, love his acting and his beautiful eyes.

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I agreed with you about comparing the two of them. HOnestly, they do look alike from certain angles but the two have entirely different charisma/ acting styles. xD I loved him in Baker King, but too bad he had to be the moody/angst son for a good half of it.

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ohmaiigahh May can't come soon enough! xP I'm just so excited about Joo Won as the lead!

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Okay..this should cover my disappointment for not seeing him in Moon. Can:t wait until May!!

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OMGGGG not gonne miss my my Mr dimples cutypie for a longtime after OB is over , yaaaayyy me happy :)

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hope it'll turn out to be another hit drama for him.. my heart simply melts at the sight of Joo Won.. I'm not so sure how to survive until May once OB ends its run

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ahjusshi! ahjusshi! ahjusshi! ok, i'm done... ^.^

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I'm in! Love Joo Won. He is one of the good young actor in the industry. Hope he will do well.

Can't wait... Sad that Ojakgyo Brothers will end soon, but I must say, OB is one of the best K-drama I've ever watched since turning into K-drama addict in 2004.

Must watch this because of Joo Won.. Joo Won fighthing.

Hmmm... I think KBS will cast an idol star to be the lead opposite Joo Won... Suzy of Miss A maybe? HAHA. I think she look compatible with Joo Won.

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Happy for him.. ^__^

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I need to spare time to watch him in Ojakkyo Brothers. Doggoneit, I had fallen curious and clicked a YT link OST song off this show. Darn good acting, well, I knew he was good since I first laid eyes on him in Baker King but now I feel like I'm a puppet on a string for this guy. Not healthy for me~

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YES JOO WON FOR NEW DRAMA! Hurry come May!

By the way.... On Ojakgyo Brothers

You should watch it. Worth watching.. hehe. Not only Joo Won but the whole cast. Refreshing storyline.

Tips for you.. Watch episode 15 - 24 for the blossom relationships between Joo Won (Tae Hee) and Uee (Ja Eun).

From episode 25 - 32 for the angst, tension and jealousy between those two.

And.. episode 33 - 44 for their cute romantic awkward adorable moments :-))). Currently airing episode 44.

But maybe from episode 45 0r 46 they will again face a diffuculties in their Romeo and Juliet love story.

Gahhh... I talk too much of OB. Sorry :-)))

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No, one can never talk too much about OB. This is one drama that doesn't feel draggy at all. Yes, Carinne, you should spare time to watch it. I almost died when he sang in ep 44....he's a musical actor, which explains his lovely singing voice.

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I'm totally with you!
He gave me chills, loved it!

You Raise Me Up + Joo Won = my day <3 <3

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