• SkyDragon

    I am not even exaggerating when I say this: Bridal Mask is thus far the best k-drama of 2012. No joke. It destroys every other drama that has aired or is airing at the moment. 

    I accidentally found Bridal Mask because I am a fan Joo Won and I watched all 6 epidodes in one-go because it was too good to stop. I love how fresh, complex, action-packed, and unique this drama is. Most especially the main protagonist who is like you said brutal, brash, and just so different than all previous male characters in k-dramas.

     Even more so, I applaud the cast. They are superb and they are the ones leaving me on the edge of my seat each episode. Especially episode 6. It was so heart-wrenching and the actors/actresses pulled off their roles so perfectly, I felt like I was the one crying. /Le sigh

    My admiration for this drama shall stop here since episode 7 is out today! :”D

  • Maruja90

    Oh my God, I am in love with this drama.

    But on the sidenote, I can understand people comparing City Hunter and Bridal Mask to a point. I am someone who also loved City Hunter and can see the similarities. The point is, yes there are some similarities like the council of five and the story of betrayal but they are still miles apart from each other. Bridal Mask is not afraid to embrace the painful dark side, the first 6 episodes has told us that we can expect anything from this drama. After all that has happen I’m lowering my expectations for a happy ending! And even when I love Lee Min-Ho and his City Hunter to pieces, he can’t stand beside Kang-To, that character is so much more 3-dimensional, a total anti hero and a complete asshole up until episode 6. Seen that character conflict with his internal and external demons is a treat to watch every week. You love to hate him, you hate to love him. Apart from that, Kang-to is not the only complex character in the drama, the four leads and even Kag-To’s family are rich with the background stories they are given and I cannot wait to see everything, especially the relations between them, unfold.

    So, yes. I love both shows, but for me Bridal Mask is all what City Hunter was afraid to be. Don’t get me wrong, I still love CH… And Bridal Mask is not a perfect drama, but it IS amazing and I recomended to everybody who is into this kind of drama.

    • http://twitter.com/MonicaDBSK Monica

      WORD.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/5MXM3LOV7HCSUK56SAA2CMHMPU JABA

       I guess City Hunter is sleeker and not as in depth as Bridal Mask
      perhaps. Plus there are far more fight scenes in the first 6 episodes of
      Bridal Mask than the first 15 eps of CH. I need to check out this
      Gaksital.

  • UJjaejoong

    Definitely the best drama currently airing!!
    Love it!
    I only bother to watch Gaksital live!
     

  • http://twitter.com/twinnersc Gracie

    I think it’s a good drama.  Not the best though.  It still has a lot to prove.  I love Shunji (and I was a big fan of Kenji too- for the actor), and Joo Won is doing a fine job as Kang-to.

    Sadly, all of my lovely ajusshi actors and a couple of others as well, are overacting to the high heavens.  I cringe every time Ahn Suk-hwan and wife (don’t remember the actress’ name) come onto the screen.  And they’re both SO good in their roles in “Big” and “A Gentleman’s Dignity”, respectively.  

    I’m not loving the rehash of the City Hunter storyline, and I feel like this one isn’t nearly as tight as the CH one was.  The period detail is a bit lacking, especially in the ridiculous club scenes. 

    However, episode 6 was one of the most emotionally blowing episodes I’ve ever seen, so I applaud the writers for being gutsy.  

    I still really like this show, maybe even a little bit of love mixed in there, but I hope it keeps getting better- for it’s own sake, and for mine.

    • http://twitter.com/SouthPawSeoul 이정남

       I consider this superior to City Hunter, City Hunter always seemed to come right to the edge of the line and never cross it save for the lame killing of the prosecutor.  Gaksital gives a more conflicted hero which no matter how cliche the hero’s journey which is starting to take place is much more interesting than how it was pulled off in City Hunter.

    • http://www.twitter.com/hipployta Hipployta

      I’m still a bit annoyed that it was City Hunter in name only…but anyway that storyline was done multiple times long before the CH drama

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/R5BKARJWK7NNOXYOIUSP76YJW4 Aj

    When I was holding back my tears just reading the recaps on Gaksital I knew right then that this is an epic drama.Sure theres bloodshed and  a whole lot of screaming GAKSITAAAAAL but everything is giving me goosebumps and I love it.Man,Joo Won is an excellent actor I’ve become his fan when he beat up his brother then cried hugging him when he thought he was asleep. His character is difficult to portray but he pulled it off brilliantly.Because of Gaksital
    I ended up being a fan of 1N2D, gosh how Joo Won is like a baby in that show totally contradicts his badass portrayal of KangTo which shows how talented he is.

  • Streby

    I love that Kang To has so many sides to him. He is a very real and alive character, he does his duty and he is loyal to his job, which I admire in him. 

    I already love Joo Won to bits and pieces and I just fell in love with him so much more after this drama. His acting made me hate him, love him, feel bad for his performance was absolutely hair-rising. 

    So far, I give this drama a full 9 stars for story-line, acting, setting and cinematography. Its definitely raising the bar for quality this season. 

  • http://www.twitter.com/hipployta Hipployta

    No lie episode 6 made me want to drop Gaksital…but my love of variety Joo Won dragged me back. Kangto is going to die like 99.999% sure now

  • http://www.facebook.com/tunmi Turayo Tijani

    I am not quite sure why people watch dramas but it’s always funny to read their responses. I like dynamic characters and I hate copy-and-paste one-dimensional characters. It takes skill to mirror a fiction character like a human being and I applaud whomever can do that. I learn about Korea, well South Korea, through the dramas and this has got to be one of the best dramas I have ever seen. Every single person is dynamic, and I love it. I particularly love that this drama is not afraid to be dark. It was sad when the mother died but I was hoping the writers/director did it that way.

    Kang To is one tortured son-of-a and I love it. I don’t know whether to root for him or not and it has been a while since a character has made me waver. It’s really really pleasant to see such a character and I applaud the writer(s). This drama is epic, it may not have City Hunter’s brilliant score but it is EPIC.

  • dany17

    Such a good drama this one. I have to admit I watch it raw and the second day again with subs and I am not bored or anything. The characters are so complex and I love it that the male lead is so different from the usual protagonist. I like the actress that is playing Mok dan, I think she is nice and talented, but lately her character seems a little annoying.
    And I just want to say that Joo Won is super HOT, the hair, those tight suits, Oh my, what’s wrong with me??

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5MXM3LOV7HCSUK56SAA2CMHMPU JABA

    Y’all Bridal Mask is off the chain awesome! The first 6 episodes are worth waiting for the rest. The action scenes, the kick ass music teacher (he teaches MUSIC for goodness sake! and is so mild mannered), the bad ass chicks, the redemption story, I don’t know. So much to say but not enough words. I LOVE BRIDAL MASK!

  • http://www.twitter.com/veiledheart veiledheart

    I LOVE this drama. Out of all the ones I’m watching, it’s the only one that I’m truly excited for when it comes out. I think I feel about this the way that everyone else felt about City Hunter. People gushed all over it and I just was so so about it, but this, THIS I could watch everyday. The plot has moved along at a good place. The acting hasn’t distracted from the story, so I’d say it’s fine. No one is getting in the way of the drama so to speak. Even my least favorite character at the moment (Mok Dan) hasn’t turned me off (She has made some ridiculous choices, but it’s minor). It’s one of the rare dramas where I want to find out about the characters and their histories. Like you said, it wasn’t afraid to go there. Instead of going to the edge and pulling back, they actually went all the way. It’s just plain entertaining. 

  • http://twitter.com/lil_liliane Liliane

    Epic.
    That’s the word I’m using to describe this drama.
    I dare to say that it the best drama I’ve ever watched.
    Joo Woo you sexy guy, you’ve earned a new stalker.