Mask

Mask (2015)

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Byun Ji Sook has always had a hard life with her father constantly going into debt and being chased by loan sharks. She desperately wants to know what life is like if she was born into a better family and didn’t have to worry about money all the time. When a series of circumstances brings Ji Sook to Eun Ha, a woman from a wealthy family who strongly resembles Ji Sook, she read moregrabs hold of the chance for a better life and assumes Eun Ha’s identity and begins to live her elite life. She meets Min Woo, a chaebol heir who is mistrusting of the people around him. But when he realizes that Ji Sook is not like the other women he has met, he is drawn to her. How long can Ji Sook keep up the charade and hide her true identity?

  • Native title:

    가면
  • Also Known as:

    Gamyeon; Doppelganger

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gwenp29
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Jul 30, 2015
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
Ok, this is one of my favorite dramas of 2015. I read some of the reviews before writing this and I was like... really? This drama gave me a ton of feels and kept me looking forward to the next episode each week. Compared to the other airing drama that I was watching with this which is still stuck on ep 3 (sorry High Society), this one, I was supposed to watch read more with my friend but I could never wait for her so we ended up watching this separately.

STORY
Byun Ji Sook is a hard worker trying to help her family get out of debt. Seo Eun Ha is a rich girl who doesn't really have to work hard for anything. They look alike but their not related. Circumstances happen that end up with Byun Ji Sook taking over Seo Eun Ha's life. How long can you keep a secret? How long till living a lie eats you up inside. A story about greed, revenge, family politics. This story has everything, romance, mystery, drama, intrigue, slice of life. Whenever a drama takes me on an emotional roller coaster, it's a good one for me.

ACTING/CAST
Soo Ae was pretty good at portraying two characters who are polar opposites from each other. I've only seen her in one other show and it was the movie "Sunny" which I can't really say I liked her acting there. I can't remember her acting there. >_<
Joo Ji Hoon, what can I say, I just love him. I love his stares and this acting reminds me of when he was Prince Lee Shin in "Goong".
Yoo In Young was pretty good at playing the annoying older sister. She has the perfect villainess look. :D
Yeon Jung Hoon, now this guy wore his mask real well. I don't know how he could keep lying with a straight face all throughout the drama. He is one of the characters I love to hate. I just wanted to shake him.
Hoya, I saw him in "Reply 1997" and I like him in Infinite. But this drama, I really loved him more. He wasn't like in a lot of scenes but in the ones he were in, he's showing some promise with his acting.
Jo Yoon Woo, I want him as my secretary :D. He really cares for his boss and he's just too darn cute.

MUSIC:
Lyn's song "Just One Day" I can just keep listening to it over and over. Navi's "Tell Me A Lie" is pretty good too. I really like the instrumental during the Ji Sook/Min Woo moments.

RE-WATCH VALUE:
Yes, I would re-watch this. I like watching the main characters' journey of overcoming the multiple obstacles to their happiness. How they did their best to protect the ones they love.

OVERALL:
I would recommend it. If you like a little mystery, intrigue, romance with great actors then this drama is a good one to watch.
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leahakiko
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Aug 27, 2015
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 4.0
  • Rewatch Value 4.0
Well, if you're looking for a drama to keep you hooked from episode 1 to the very end, this is your drama. My god. From the short description on this site, I was not expect so much from this drama but geez did it keep me hooked for a few days. This is also coming from a person who barely watches melodramas.

Story | The whole doppelgänger scenario where something happens to read more one so the other fills their place. There's also love, loss, family drama etc. The whole works. Story may be a little confusing at first. It goes back and forth through time to explain situations later on. Also give you a headache from trying to guess what is actual and what is not.

Cast | From the main roles to the supporting roles, I loved everyone who was casted. I haven't watched Ji Hoon in a drama since Goong and it was weird seeing him with this serious role at first. But his acting was superb! His character change was natural and nicely paced. Him and Soo Ae were great together. I liked their chemistry but at times I felt like there was more emotion from Ji Hoon's character and it didn't match Soo Ae's as well as I'd hoped. Even so, I loved them as the leads.
Jung Hoon and In Young were simply fantastic! Their acting/chemistry together was spot on. And you know an actor has done their job when you can't fully hate or love their character.
Supporting cast was great too! Family, friends, loan sharks etc I loved. This drama has me waiting for the day when Hoya gets a lead in a drama. And just have to say, Min Woo's assistant was by far the best supporting character in that entire drama.

Music | Besides the instrumentals for scenes, I don't remember much so my score is low.

Rewatch | It's hard to say. There was much suspense in this drama that it'll be hard to watch again since all the twist and turns won't be as surprising. One day I know i'll come back to it because I seriously adored Ji Hoon's acting but as for now, probably not. That's the only reason my score is so low.

Overall | Honestly, maybe the best drama for 2015. I loved it. Truly. I had so many emotions while watching, god..it was terrible! So many twists and turns to keep you into the story. At some point you may think "ok, really. more?" but I was honestly ok with all the back and forth-ness of it all. It made 20 episode go by fairly quickly and though some may say it dragged, there wasn't a boring episode in this entire drama. Give it a try, at least the first 3-5 episodes.
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Both dramas have a heroine with false identity ,company element and corruption
Also the romance give the same vibe even it's better portrayed in Mask
Both female leads help the main lead and they're heart kinded also the main leads are not jerks
Recommended by ManalAati
Both dramas involves two non-relatives twin women (rich woman and other is poor from each drama), of which the rich woman from each drama engaged to the son form rich family but for business purpose and not real love but later on due to different reasons the poor one forced to be married to those chaebol sons and replaced the rich ones. In bride of century JYK didn't want to be married by CKJ so NDR replaced her. In mask, due to the coma happened to SEH and killed by her in-law, she was replaced by BJS. Both those sons from each drama had no feelings to these poor women in first place but falling for them later.
Recommended by Caroli Zfn

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    lovelydream 17 days ago - edited

    I really wanted to like this, but by episode 6 i wasn't invested in a single character or their fate and was mostly bored to death.

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      MrBanana 16 days ago

      Not your cup of tea maybe, the drama is a 10/10 for me.

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    Meg 18 days ago - edited

    a solid performance from the cast. They really brought out the complex personalities of the main characters. It was a emotional roller-coaster. You could actually relate with the motives driving the best and the worst of their actions.

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    Antonin 19 days ago

    My first Soo Ae drama. Hope this show is good!

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    KinaraKim Aug 18, 2017

    This is my second soo ae drama after yawang, she really the best actress! I'm at ep 9 now, really hate min suk hoon.

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    AnicsiRoscoe Jun 27, 2017 - edited

    I am at episode 10 now, and does that woman not know how to smile? Urgh, it's so frustrating. I get she is terrified and hasn't all that much to laugh about, but her face looks like she's going to burst into tears ANY second now. I thought she was gonna be a strong woman from the beginning of the series, but so far I am really disappointed. 10 episodes in and there seems to be no character development at all. I think I might put this on hold for a while.

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      fefe4eva Jul 12, 2017

      the last 9 episodes gonna change alot , I loved the last episodes more than the beginning , she will be more strong + smart & there will be more romantic scenes , try to watch episode 11 + 12 then decide to hold ;)

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    AnicsiRoscoe Jun 25, 2017

    Super random comment, but ep 5, it was a TANGO not a WALZ omg. I was so startled I couldn't enjoy the moment urghhh

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    Elisa May 28, 2017

    I liked it a lot, but thought a lot of thing were predictable. It has some good scenes nonetheless.

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    Anniee May 26, 2017

    This drama is very gripping. But canI just say that I hate the villain? Min Suk Hoon is just a loathsome character. But, I also like that he's got a story. That he has his reasons why he did the things he did.

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    Caroli Zfn May 15, 2017

    This is the one of the best drama i ever watched, i real love the characters in their roles except for the second lead actress for protecting her devil husband of course she was really annoying me but in the end they paid the price for their wrongdoings. For me this drama is 9.0

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    Kikka Apr 16, 2017 - edited
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    MrBanana Apr 5, 2017

    The rating is almost crazy, this deserves at least 9.0. This is like the best makjang ever made. Mindblowingly good.

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    GiKnoth Mar 29, 2017
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    Tzuyu Feb 1, 2017

    The author is really talented when writes villains,just like Secret we have a deep and human character.

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    B_ann1 Jan 21, 2017 - edited

    The only issue I have with this drama is the same that I have with every single drama Soo Ae acts in. She has no chemistry with her counterparts. It's frustrating because as an actress she is actually quite good.

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      Ceki Apr 24, 2017

      This is so true! It's as if she is frigid... her acting means nothing if she doesn't have chemistry with the others.

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    Riasha Jan 17, 2017
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Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    20
  • Aired:

    May 27, 2015 to Jul 30, 2015
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
  • Network:

    SBS
  • Duration:

    60 min.

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  • Score:

    8.2 (scored by 5,851 users)
  • Ranked:

    #470
  • Popularity:

    #112

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