Vows made, virtues rejected in Ruler–Master of the Mask’s character posters
It feels like we’re swimming in Ruler–Master of the Mask promos these days, doesn’t it? Which, by the way, is not a complaint, since this is one drama I’m expecting to be exciting and intense and driven by strong (I hope) performances.
This set of character posters features six of the drama’s main characters, starting with Yoo Seung-ho (Remember–Son’s War) as the lonely crown prince, Lee Sun, who takes on a political battle against a corrupt organization, Pyeonsoohwae, and the elites who aim to keep power consolidated amongst themselves. Lee Sun’s poster copy reads, “I will tear down Pyeonsoohwae and create a Joseon for the people.”
Caught in a fraught loveline with Lee Sun is Ga-eun, played by Kim So-hyun (Bring It On, Ghost), whose poster asks, “Why in the world did you kill my father?!?” Good question, princey. You’ve got a lot of ground to cover to come back from that.
Complicating matters is L (or Kim Myung-soo, as he’s credited here) playing a low-born Lee Sun, a young man with an intelligent mind held down by his ignoble roots, who becomes the prince’s stand-in. He also falls for Ga-eun—she treats him kindly when he’s nothing but the illiterate butcher’s son and teaches him to read—which is bound to cause conflict; he vows in his poster, “For your sake, agasshi, I will become the real king.”
Yoon So-hee’s (Memory) poster features her as Hwa-goon, staring out with a steely gaze and saying, “I will win the crown prince’s heart.” Get in line, honey. Aside from dramatic irony informing us that she’s wrong, she’ll have an uphill battle on that front as the granddaughter to Pyeonsoohwae’s leader, given that the prince is determined to destroy that organization. Still, plot descriptions hint that her loyalties may sway and cause her to choose love over filial ties.
Heo Joon-ho (Beautiful Mind), meanwhile, takes on yet another shrewd mastermind character (one of his fortes) with Pyeonsoohwae leader Dae-mok, whose poster reads, “He’s one of two things: a person I must gain, or one I must kill.”
Park Chul-min (Moonlight Drawn By Clouds) rounds out this bunch as Woo-bo, a former scholar who was evicted from the palace and now lives a solitary life and rejects the classist social order. His poster reads, appropriately, “In this Joseon, the virtues of benevolence, righteousness, propriety, and wisdom are all crap.”
Yoo Seung-ho’s bloody battle to reclaim his nation from the corrupt shadowy elites begins on Wednesday, May 10, in the MBC timeslot following Radiant Office.
- Prince and pauper trade identities in Ruler–Master of the Mask
- A flirty prince and a tragic twist in Ruler–Master of the Mask
- Character stills and extended descriptions for MBC’s Ruler–Master of the Mask
- Headless paupers and princes for Ruler–Master of the Mask posters
- Yoo Seung-ho becomes Ruler–Master of the Mask in order to live
- Yoo Seung-ho becomes the prince behind the mask in new Ruler–Master of the Mask teaser
- First script read for youth historical drama Ruler–Master of the Mask
- A tense stand-off and a promise in Ruler–Master of the Mask’s first teaser