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Master of the Mask Yoo Seung-ho extends a hand to knife-wielding Kim So-hyun

New posters have been released for the upcoming MBC drama Ruler–Master of the Mask, a historical melodrama that’s all about how water is the key to ultimate political power. After all, since water is one of life’s basic necessities, it follows that he who controls water controls life. Yoo Seung-ho (Remember–Son’s War) plays Joseon Crown Prince Lee Sun during a time when the power of the monarchy has declined due to a shadowy organization called Pyeonsoohwae. The prince fights to keep control of the nation’s water supply, as the corrupt Pyeonsoohwae seeks to privatize it for their own gain.

The first poster above features the prince kneeling down and extending a hand to Kim So-hyun (The Lonely Shining Goblin), who plays main love interest Ga-eun. She seeks out the crown prince in retribution for the death of her father, and in her hand she holds a knife, which he doesn’t appear to notice.

Even without that massive conflict getting it the way, winning the girl’s heart won’t be easy, because the crown prince’s stand-in, peasant Lee Sun, played by L (She’s So Lovable), also harbors a strong attachment to Ga-eun. Peasant Lee Sun is a genius whose intelligence is more of a burden than an asset, given that he was born to a lowly butcher. He only starts seeing a glimmer of hope after being taught to read by Ga-eun, who’s the first person to treat him as an individual with thoughts and dreams.

Peasant Lee Sun ends up switching places with the crown prince, and perhaps the taste of power goes to his head, because he doesn’t look like he wants to step down anytime soon. In the second poster, Peasant Sun stands in the shadow of Prince Sun, and his shadow says: “I am the real the master of Joseon, Lee Sun.” However, other stills do show scenes of Yoo Seung-ho, L, and Kim So-hyun walking together and getting along, so maybe the bromance will endure? I don’t know, but all these beautiful promos have me on the edge of my chair because now, I can’t wait to find out!

The last poster features the main cast together, and also includes Heo Joon-ho (Beautiful Mind) as the crafty leader of Pyeonsoohwae, as well as his granddaughter, played by Yoon So-hee (Memory). The recently released stills capture her first meeting with the crown prince, whom she’s been told all her life is a weakling. But when she finally encounters him in real life, she finds this to be untrue and falls hard for his unintended charms.

More stills below show Kim So-hyun on horseback, looking as gorgeous as ever, apparently in her the first time shooting any extended scenes with horses. So Yoo Seung-ho, who has had numerous sageuk horse-riding experiences, swooped into the rescue and gave her a couple tips (do I see my OTP coming true in real life?).

Political-melodrama-sageuk Ruler–Master of the Mask will begin airing on Wednesday-Thursday after Radiant Office finishes its run, starting on May 10.

Via iMBC

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yoo seung ho~ ???

aww i only want bromance but i can totally sense the angst.. skeptical bout L's acting too...

i don't usually watch sageuks, especially political ones. so i wonder if i will skip this... ?? but there's baby yoo...

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I actually really liked the angsty version of L in "Shut up: Flower Boy Band". I feel like he might have a similar dynamic here where his character might simultaneously admire but also envy the Yoo Seung-ho's character and his position as Crown Prince. I'm looking forward to seeing if he can pull off his character in this.

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I always end up getting SLS when I watch L. I don't know why because his acting isn't even that spectacular but he's so fricking charming and I just love him so much, my baby Myung-soo.

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It's the Joseon version of The Prince and the Pauper.

Looks good and so does everyone in it.

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May 10th is going to be crazy...

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Pretty, pretty posters!
So pretty!
I've seen Kim So-hyun grow since "The moon that Embraces the Sun" and I watched this actress bloom!
So looking forward for this show!

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I don't know, but I feel like L's character is too challenging for him. I still think he's too green. I can see and understand the reason of casting him for his similar appearance/physique to YSH, but acting-wise I don't think he'll be able to be on the same page as YSH or KSH. Can I say I'm a little worry about him letting the drama down. I wish he can prove me wrong though. No, I really DO want him to prove me wrong for the sake of the drama.

Other than my worry for L's portrayal, I'm pretty excited for this. Visually it seems like a beautiful drama, cast and all lol.

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I can't see the resemblance between them at all, I think L's casting is due to his popularity, the same reason he's getting cast in anything.

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I worry about L's acting capability too but so far, his stills looks convincing and natural enough. So I dearly hope that he will do well and the writer/director will not mess the drama.

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I find the role of Butcher Lee Sun complex for the transition of his position and the resulting personality changes. So it would have been more convincing if more sageuk-oriented young actors such as No Younghak and 1993er Lee Minho were suggested for the role.

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I always love/hate when they start out young and innocent buddies and the next thing you know everyone wants the other dead except they don't because of their past ?

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I know right. I don't think I'll ever be ready for that much heartache and tears.
How long is this going to be anyway?

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You have just summed up all kdramas

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This is going to be so epic. This appears to be epic on the scale of Romeo+Juliet, or Les Miserables just reading about everyone's relationships...

I am hopeful that L and Yoon So Hee can pull through on emoting. I tend to like Yoon So Hee- but I'm only used to her in girlish, charming roles. And L- well... there was Big... but we won't talk about that. He can emote ok in his music videos (go check out Infinite's The Eye- totally a strange music video that appears to be focused on L's ability to show a great deal of emotion and anguish).

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L wasn't in Big though...

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Yikes- you're totally right. Mixed him up with Shin won ho... Had to google him to figure out how I knew him, and the only drama I've seen with him in it is Master's Sun. I have no memory of that, so it couldn't have been so bad? I apologize to L for besmirching his name... but still do go watch the music video. And do tell me what's going on!!

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Master's Sun was such a blur, I barely remember anything about that drama except that it was about ghosts. Infinite's music isn't really my style either but wasn't that the MV Park Bo-young was in?

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First thing first, KSH's role maybe requires her to choose between two flower boys; YSH and L.
... As if she hasn't got enough life-changing decision in her previous drama; orabeoni or the king.
Anyway, looking forward for May 10.

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I need this drama to make me cry so many tears. Sadness, happiness, and everything in between. Please be good drama, for the sake of all my babies involved in this.

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The drama looks promising, will check it out. So many drama choices coming. Right now I am watching Tunnel and Man to Man.

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My baby girl is holding a dagger..... Watch out yoo seung ho coz she is gonna aim for your heart *hehehehehehe* I've wanted this pairing since I saw I miss you and it still seem like a dream to me.

Been downloading stills,interviews and BTS,someone might say kim so hyun picked yoo seung ho has her ideal type to promote Ruler:master of the mask but I don't care coz my shipping heart is in seventh heaven.

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I think YSH fit more with YSH than KSH. YSH looks mature for his age so KSH looks like a kid next to him. The picture in the garden the chemistry is good, the feel is more like a couple. Base on the poster the drama focus more on politic than romance.

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KSH does look younger but I cant see her as a kid esp beside YSH. I mean she pulled off the chemistry so well in Let's Fight Ghost so xDD About the politic aspect I hope they do it well, we need more high-quality sageuks in our life T.T

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My expectations are so high for this drama

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I like how Heo Joon-ho sits in this middle in one of the poster. Seems like he is going to play an active part in the middle of other four. I have no worry for acting chop for main leads, although the second leads have to prove it to me. They are all still young for me (as I always prefer the older actors) but I am looking forward what they can give to us. We will be so busy on May.

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I feel like there is a big gap between the main leads and the second leads. It's a pity because it's interesting when the second leads are well-developed key players, rather than (one or two-dimensional) romantic and career rivals.

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I can't agree more! I actually like how Heo Joonho's character is sat in the middle like he's the King (judging that he's the power holder in the drama's Joseon) and the young foursome are standing in front of him as if they're his people. Overall, I find the promotional posters for Ruler really illustrate the plot well :)

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I love these posters!! I like the way Seja is reaching out for Ga Eun and the way Ga Eun keep the dagger in her hands but seems like her mind isnt full of revenge thoughts anymore. And after seeing that pic when Seung Ho helping her with the horses (you can see him with blue costums beside the horse), and those cute moments in BTS video, I know I cant help shipping. Let the ship sails, it's been there for soooo long since I Miss You era. Bromance? This time, forget it.

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Aww the posters look great! So excited for this! Yoo Seung Ho's tear streaked face is already making me emotional. He just has that look that just makes you cry with him when he's crying and smile with him when he's smiling. I hope he doesn't cry as much as he did in Remember : Son's War. I really want to see some action scene, and of course his smiling face!

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*scenes

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Anticipating for this. Hopefully it won't disappoint me.

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I really hope this drama is very main leads and villain centric because the second leads - particularly L - makes me a bit antsy. He can't even get one emotion right in regular dramas, but a sageuk is so much tougher. I hope he can prove me wrong. Because I really wouldn't want this drama ruined because one of the cast members can't act.

Other than that, everything looks a little too epic and amazing. I hope we can get a more romantic poster of YSH and KSH like Moonlight had. Those were gorgeous and I want that for these two. Officially a week away, I'm scared my expectations are unreachable by now. Please be good drama, pleeeease.

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The visuals are so stunning, they make me catch my breath :) I can't wait to watch my darlings YSH and KSH! <3

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OH! YSH's eyebrows! I feel the angst already ?

This could be epic if only L rises to the role. He looks gorgeous but I am reading nothing positive about his acting chops.

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I think SLS is going to hit me so bad here.

Is it too much to wish that she has a twin sister so that both male lead get a girl of his own?

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Oh, and her hanbok in the first poster is pretty.

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I feel like I've been waiting for this drama forever! On another note, the hanbok look so elegant. I can't wait for the pretty!

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It's such a futile attempt from my brain that keeps telling me not too be too hopeful. Every time new posters and stills come out, I can't help but feel the excitement just build ridiculously high. How I you be in love with a drama that hasn't even aired yet? I guess this is just a normal symptom of a kdrama addict! May 10th marked in my dairy <3 <3 <3

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How can I be* (wooops)

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Yoo Seung Ho, hurry, I can't wait to see him!!! The first picture is so pretty.

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PREEEETTTYY!!!

Please be pretty, show!

for the sake of our so hyun and seung ho <3

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May 10, would you just come already?

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Our OTP is top far from each other. Is it too much to ask for some skinship in the poster? Is this all? *cries* I've been waiting for May 10 since ages and I just feed myself with the promos to keep me patient.

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7 days more

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Looking at the poster with Yoo Seungho and L in their kingly robes made me realize how Yoo Seungho resembles veteran actor Jo Jaehyun (the more the former ages, the more he looks like the latter) and L looks like So Jisub.

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That tid bit about YSH helping KSH with horse riding makes my shipper heart very happy! Haha

Love how Han Ga Eun carries a sword/dagger in all these posters and I hope this is a prelude to how kick-ass she's going to be! Ruler, please be good! Aja aja!

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so excited.

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Next week can't come soon enough!! So much pretty! And the feels!!

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I registered in anticipation of this drama. The eye candy is going to be strong in this one.

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