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Yoo Seung-ho becomes the prince behind the mask in new Ruler–Master of the Mask teaser

A second teaser has been released for MBC’s sageuk romance Ruler–Master of the Mask, starring Yoo Seung-ho (Remember–Son’s War) as a lonely crown prince forced to hide his face behind a mask. But… why on earth would anybody hide that face? It’s a crime against humanity, I say. Apparently it’s a mystery to the prince himself, and he begins to question the reason he must remain hidden from the world in the drama’s latest teaser.

The story set in Joseon is about a shadow organization that’s out to privatize the water supply to line their greedy pockets and make the rich richer, and a lonely righteous crown prince who is determined to protect his people. Kim So-hyun (Bring It On, Ghost) co-stars as a young woman determined to get revenge on the prince for ordering the execution of her father, but that revenge will take a big turn when she falls in love with the prince instead.

Yoon So-hee (Memory) plays a tragic figure who will betray her family for love—she’s the granddaughter of the shadow organization’s leader, played by Heo Joon-ho (Beautiful Mind), and she’ll forsake her corrupt family in order to love the prince. Infinite’s L (She’s So Lovable) is the poor son of a butcher with a brilliant mind who becomes a stand-in for the prince. Now that we know the mask is literal, this explains how someone else could act as a double for the prince.

The show’s second teaser opens with Yoo Seung-ho asking his father, “If I take off this mask, will more people die?” As Kim So-hyun brandishes a sword in the street and is overtaken by soldiers, Yoo Seung-ho fights the shadow organization with his mask on. He continues in voiceover, “Why are you killing them all? What is the real reason I must wear this mask? Please tell me!”

I’m interested to see if this drama will pull off the prince’s hidden identity storyline in a cool way, because there’s a lot of potential in the mask, the faceless prince, and the stand-in pauper. It’s something that Hwarang explored recently, though not with enough depth to be completely satisfying, and I’d love a meaty version with complex twists and turns and mixed-up lovelines.

Ruler–Master of the Mask is directed by PD Noh Do-chul (Mom’s Garden, Soulmate) and comes from newbie writers Park Hye-jin and Jung Hae-ri. It follows Radiant Office on Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning May 10.

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The trailer look good but the mask is really odd.

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I actually like it.. I like that it's actually covering his entire face too.

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Kim So Hyun? Am in, nothin else is needed.

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Agreed! Add in Seung Ho, L, and So Hee and Heo Joon Ho I'm soooooo puuuuuumped for this show!
It looks beautiful too.
*crosses fingers* please be good!

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I think it looks cool. Reminds me if the movie The Man in the Iron Mask.

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I think there's nothing wrong with the mask itself, but it looks super awkward coupled with the gat.

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This looks so good! Please be a badass sageuk like the trailer shows

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PLEASE LET THIS BE GOOD. PLEASE LET THIS BE GOOD. PLEASE LET THIS BE GOOD.

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Pleaseeeeee! Yoo Seung-ho and Kim So-hyun is like a dream come true OTP for me.

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I'm with you!
Yoo Seung Ho + Kim So Hyun in a sageuk is daebak but we need a good writing & directing to complete the masterpiece. The teaser is good!!! & I've been wanting this kind of heroine in a (fusion) sageuk before. A bad ass sword fighter with strong will. I just hope her character doesn't get dragged when she falls inlove with the prince. You know what I mean haha

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Agree with the whole "badass female fighter turns into a damsel in distress after falling in love" sorta deal. It's really frustrating.

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Cannot wait for this drama. Just hope, please be good drama.. ???

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My sentiments exactly.

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Please let this be good. This is one of the few dramas of 2017 that I am eagerly anticipating. The mask looks a bit weird for me, but I guess it will grow on me once I see it often.

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Ruler !! Please hit Daebakkk

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I really love the teaser ?? looks so interesting. My baby sohyun is so pretty ?

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May 10?! That's so far away!! I want me Yoo Seung Ho-Kim So Hyun acting duo power couple already!

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I like the troupe of the faceless prince. But I just could not relate it to my logic just yet over the mask to accentuate the troupe. The trailer looks good thoug. But I still find the mask is rather weird. So, this is the combo of Moon Lovers (the mask) and the faceless prince (Hwarang). The combination of my two fave actors, Lee Jun Ki + Park Hyung Sik = Yoo Seung Ho. Not bad at all.

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Reminds me of Man in the Iron Mask

Aaaaaaaaanywaaaaaaaay... I'm looking forward for this because Kim So-hyun... You go, girl!

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king with iron mask? lol.

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That mask reminds me of Hellraiser for some weird reason.

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" Kim So-hyun (Bring It On, Ghost) co-stars as a young woman determined to get revenge on the prince for ordering the execution of her father, but that revenge will take a big turn when she falls in love with the prince instead."

Pfft, women...You had one job.

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I'm sure what happened was that she was planning on killing a super old, super ugly and super mean guy, and then BAM!!!

It's hottie prince, Yoo Seung Ho.

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lol

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Cue flower petals rain, sunshine, plus birds chirping.

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Don't forget the slo-mo, flashbacks, lingering eye contact, and Goblin OST.
Sword falls dramatically to the ground. slo-mos 10x slower.
years of hate forgotten in one fell swoop.
So-hyun gets lost in Seung-ho's always-about-to-cry gaze.
lol

Kidding aside, can't wait for May 10!!!

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HAHAHAHAHAAHAH OMG

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So Hyun is a Seung Ho fan anyway, she won't object! xD

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i dont think the mask suits well with joseon costume. it probably looks better with goryeo or three kingdom costumes and hairstyle.

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This show is cruel. It gives us such tantalizing teasers only to tell us to wait until May. May! What am I going to do with my life until then?

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:D don't worry, may 10 will soon be here, i just pray they won't shift the airing date further because of the unprofessional actress that opted out..

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I like that actress though. Too bad, but heard that her agency also pushing her to do so.

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Her agency? That's bad, considering they'll have to reshoot her scenes with different actress..
Double work..

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Wait, did I miss something ? Who's that actress ?

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I think it's Hwang Woo-seul-hye who was cast as the crown prince's personal aide. There was news that she dropped off.

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Who's the new actress that replaced her ?

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I like the mask though, it's covering his whole face and an iron mask at that not plastic..

Now with girlfriday write ups, i'm understanding the story more..

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When she pulls out her sword. Omg can't wait to see her in this. The teaser is daebak! Love it. I can't wait for may to come palli palli

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It's like hiding Lee junki's face with that mask... I was like... Hello I am watching this drama to see junki!!

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All I get from the mask is a vibe of The Man in the Iron Mask and a young Leonardo DiCaprio hiding behind that hideous mask.

Flip side, it doesn't look ridiculous on Yoo Seung-ho.

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Eek, another drama out to tempt me into watching on air! Good thing it's starting during my break.

At first I thought the mask looked a little too futuristic, but then I remembered that a lot of traditional Korean masks look like this http://www.antiquealive.com/Blogs/images/dance_and_music/korean_mask/Smile-Korean-traditional-male-female-mask.jpg

We'll never be able to keep a straight face. I'll take oddly-futuristic mask over accidentally-overly-comic mask any time ?

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Looks good! Will check it out come May

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The hair style here is different than the usual Jeson hair this is much better.

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It's mbc we can always trust them to give good sageuks..

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Will like to see ksh and ysh kicking ass, i like girls fighting with sword in sageuks lol..

Also L's acting is looking serious in the teaser..

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Kim So-hyun and Yoon So-hee ? Please be good.

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You can never question Kim So Hyun's Acting! She is beyond amazing!

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Always great to see Yoo Seung-ho back in dramaland!

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Ooh, I didn't know Heo Joon-ho is in this! Might have to check this out, since he was great in Beautiful Mind. Teaser looks pretty good.

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Been waiting for an update, and here we are. I love love love this teaser. Fighting damsel and masked hotties is what I crave for. Ohh wait. Wow! What a coincidence. Drama please don't let us down.

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Initially, I thought the idea of mask was more figurative with L's character as the King's 'mask' since it happens in the Joseon era where something so simple could have a poetic meaning.
And a lot of people have cited that the King's mask was too modern but i think if he wore a traditional mask, he would resemble the character of Gaksital too much, strengthened by the fact both have dual identities which conver hate and admiration respectively.

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"But… why on earth would anybody hide that face? It’s a crime against humanity, I say."

HEE! girlfriday, you speak my mind on that. (My Yoo Seung Ho biased talking)
I find the mask odd at first but after rewatching, I get used to it & even find it attractive (& hot?!). I also got to appreciate the details of it. It looks like an Iron Mask in a Joseon Era style.

The promo has started & all I wanted to pray to the dramagods until May 10 is to let this show be good.

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Sounds interesting. I haven't seen Kim Sohyun in any drama yet but is she a good actress? For some reason I always see her with the same facial expression (like a smirk?) and she feels like a friend who secretly does not like me (???), lol.

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She's pretty good on screen. Better than in photos.

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She's better than most actresses twice her age tbh. you probably have seen her before and haven't noticed. She was young Lee bo young in I hear your voice and young Yoon Eun hye in I miss you. Anyways her acting skills is top notch

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Oh nice, I'm planning to watch I Hear Your Voice. I only saw her in Goblin and was planning to watch School 2015...until I read the reviews and thought maybe next time...

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I also thought that her acting in goblin was amazing too. She was a cameo but she made a huge impact imo. Especially when she was talking to the kind before she died. She's really someone who just needs her eyes to convey emotions.And school 2015... I looved the drama but the ending was a no from me... It had really good acting and was good up until the last few episodes. I definitely recommend I hear your voice though.

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You haven't seen any of her drama but you have this to say about her? Plssss I think you're just one hater bashing her codely.... By the way she is one of the top teen korean actress and her acting never disappoint doesn't matter the role she is playing.

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(I'm assuming you're replying to my comment) It's just something I noticed whenever I see a screenshot of her/when I saw her in Goblin. Not sure why you took that to mean I'm bashing her...

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Joy isn't bashing Kim Sohyun—she didn't say that SH only ever acts with that one expression in every drama she's in; she just said that she always sees SH with that expression in the ones she watched.

I see Sohyun as a very good actor, but I actually know that expression Joy is referring to; I think it's SH's neutral expression, the one where one corner of her mouth is slightly upturned. Also, in The Moon That Embraces the Sun, which most people probably know about even if they didn't watch it, she did act as an unlikeable character, so if Joy came across stills from then, I can see how it could add to that impression.

I know that recently there has been an influx of commenters who post hateful comments, but it'll be good if we try our best to avoid jumping to conclusion & accusing normal comments as hate comments.

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That's always the initial impression she gets from people who haven't seen her act, and perhaps that's also the reason why she gets cast as stereotypical teenage villains in the past a lot. She looks mean at first glance. She doesn't smile a lot either, so that doesn't help. She's naturally introverted and shy, and it's a rarity to see her laugh and when she does, she has a habit of covering her mouth, which is a bummer because I love it when she smiles and laughs without thinking about what other people might say.

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Not to be shallow or anything, but where's his mane of glory? Is he really going to hide that pretty wig under a gat all the time? Nooooo!

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What is this travesty? How can anyone mask that face? I...I protest!

I'll watch and mourn not being able to see his face.

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I'll just make sure that every single moment he took it off, I'll take a good look. This is torture!

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Yay I'm totally ready for this epic sageuk !

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Both lead actors are good in terms of acting...I'm going to watch this. I hope the plot and the executions in s good also.

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Can't get over the second teaser. It looks interesting especially on the part where KSH grab her sword. I would love to see Kim So Hyun playing a badass heroine. It will be more interesting if she will have a fighting scenes.

I doubt KSH will fall in love on him even before she finds out his identity. lol! Can't wait for this drama. May please come quickly

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Heroine fighting scenes, Yes!
But her character description is still vague. We just know she's a noble woman aiming to get her revenge (but how exactly?) I hope this 2nd teaser lives out what it have shown -- kim so hyun fighting with a sword. Ga Eun FTW!

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and that's what makes this drama more interesting. It has lots of mysteries which makes us even more curious and eagerly anticipate on it to find the answers ourselves. And I really do hope that this drama will hit big. The second teaser look promising tho.

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looks"

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I was not that interested in this drama but this teaser and post has ratcheted up my interest. I really hope they pull off the reasoning and mystery behind the mask in a deep and credible way. This drama has huge potential to be awesome (but also potential to fail horribly).

I'm just disappointed the beautiful Yoo Seung-ho is covering his beautiful face! Blasphemy I SAY!

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Agree. It is a HIT or a MISS. But I strongly prefer the former. Don't waste out main leads' potential.. I'm praying..

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KSH is good with chemistry with her leading man, heck she can even pull chemistry with someone older than her 11 years. So I wouldn't worry about the romance. Im sure the love story part would be jjang.

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I'm excited for this. I hope it can live up to my expectations.

When I saw the mask I thought the same: "what a crime to hide this pretty face." and "Phantom of the Joseon Era". :)

But I'm looking forward to find out why he is wearing it.

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Why wear a mask and a crown prince robe when ur supposedly hiding ur real identity?

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LOL LOL LOL! CLearly they didn't think that one through!

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Clearly jumping to conclusions isn't the best idea. Man its just a teaser. Wait for the drama and if the reason wasnt explained then complain.

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based on what he's saying in the teaser I think his people knows that the prince always has a mask on. I think the hidden identity piece will be more when he has his mask off and I presume he will meet his love that way so she has no way of knowing that he's the prince.

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Perhaps because he is hiding his face & not his identity as a crown prince? Everyone knows there's a prince but unaware of what he looks like because of the mask.

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he's want to hide his face, not his identity. I think the hidden identity piece will be more when he has his mask off

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The plot for this so confusing and busy to me. How many episode is it because they will have a lot to cover?

And why do both of the women have to fall in love with their enemy. Silly women and their weak hearts the moment a hot prince comes along, right? They'd better not spend the second half weeping and being the support for the men and all their manly important conflicts. Kdrama tend to do women and their character development so bad the second they fall in love.

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What's the use of wearing mask while still wearing that royal attire? Normal people must recognize you instantly.

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maybe he have to hide his face and not his identity. But since it's just a teaser, we can't really tell why he's doing such thing

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