A Man in a Veil (2020) poster
7.2
Your Rating: 0/10
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 377 users
# of Watchers: 1,583
Reviews: 8 users
Ranked #8021
Popularity #6220
Watchers 377

After a childhood accident, Tae Poong’s development is stunted. He’s caught between two sisters, warm-hearted Yu Jung who waits for Tae Poong, and Yu Ra, Yu Jung’s twin sister who is completely different from her and uses Tae Poong for her own desires. This drama follows the intriguing story of a man navigating the challenges of love, life, and the occasional miracle. (Source: Viki) Edit Translation

  • English
  • Arabic
  • Polski
  • Italiano
  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 105
  • Aired: Sep 7, 2020 - Feb 10, 2021
  • Aired On: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Original Network: KBS2
  • Duration: 35 min.
  • Score: 7.2 (scored by 377 users)
  • Ranked: #8021
  • Popularity: #6220
  • Content Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older

Where to Watch A Man in a Veil

Viki
Subscription (sub)
Apple TV
Subscription
Kocowa
Subscription (sub)

Cast & Credits

Photos

A Man in a Veil (2020) photo
A Man in a Veil (2020) photo
A Man in a Veil (2020) photo
A Man in a Veil (2020) photo

Reviews

Completed
Marshmallow-Chocoholic
19 people found this review helpful
Feb 13, 2021
105 of 105 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 4.5
Story 4.0
Acting/Cast 5.0
Music 4.5
Rewatch Value 5.0

A Laughable and a Hare-Brained Makjang...

“A Man in a veil” is the epitome of the infamously coined “ Makjang” by South-Koreans ( used to describe plot concepts which are equivalent to the reputation of telenovelas - so ridiculous, cliche and unrealistic that they often fall into the “ so bad, it’s good” category). From ‘ pseudoscience’, ‘ revenge’ to ‘ lost family’ cliches, “ A Man in a veil” throws in all the towels to be a ridiculous hundred and five-episode extravaganza of wooden acting , fairly one-dimensional characters and tropes.

“ A Man in a Veil ” takes on the typical revenge cliche of a man with an intellectual disability called Tae Poong ( Kang Eun Tak) whose destiny is gradually torn apart by two sisters; the intrinsically “selfish” Yu Ra ( Lee Chae Young) who begins to manipulate and blackmail him throughout the series, and the “ kind-hearted” sister Yu Jung ( Uhm Hyun Kyung) who holds strong feelings towards him. His life changes forever, however, when a tragedy causes a second chance for Tae Poong to extract his revenge on everyone who has wronged him.

Whilst the revenge cliche was possibly the most intriguing of the show, “ A Man in a Veil” didn’t truly use this to either flesh-out nor deepen the characters, with Tae Poong often feeling more like a “ stock male lead” with little interest for viewers or emotional depth behind his actions. ( Apart from Eun Tak’s random screaming matches and “pained “ facial expressions when it was necessary for the “ plot”). Arguably, Yu Jung did have a little more depth than Tae Poong, due to her complicated feelings for both him and the second male lead Seo Jun ( Lee Shi Kang), her later tragedy and motivation towards getting back at her sister and a family revelation as well. On the other hand, considering the emotional and traumatic depth in reality towards this tragic event which took place in the series, Yu Jung not mentioning this again after it was necessary for the “ story” felt both lacklustre and poorly- written in the grand scheme of character- writing.

Ironically , one of the worst-written characters in the show must go towards Yu Ra as both an individual and an antagonist . It was evident from the get-go that screenwriter Lee Jung Dae wasn’t attending to make Yu Ra a “ sympathetic villain”” - she’s inherently a selfish and despicable character who later becomes deluded by her own abilities to outwit others. On the other hand, it’s hard to really understand what makes Yu Ra actually tick or the actual motives behind her thoughts, apart from not wanting to “ be in poverty” and “ survive”. To make matters worse, we very rarely got to see Yu Ra as an actual human being. The several moments which could have offered genuine intrigue into Yu Ra as a character ( such as her past and later events) were entirely written-off to make Yu Ra’s schemes more and more unbelievably ridiculous by each episode. ( Counterpart to the other antagonistic character played by Kim Hee Jung as Joo Hwa Yeon.)

This certainly leads the storyline to take on a dragging and lacklustre focus between the three primary storylines; Tae Poong and his revenge, Yu Ra’s attempt to climb-up the social ladder and the dirty secrets of their associates ( including Yu Jung and Yu Ra’s parents as well as Seo Jun’s mother and father). Whilst arguably each storyline did have some attraction in how they played out, before even the halfway point, the show began to draw itself too much away from the main protagonist’s own ventures into other characters’ lacklustre storylines, which took away many of the twists which were supposed to be “ emotional” and “ shocking” for viewers with little delivering impact for viewers .

Consequently the plot inconsistencies of the show were beyond incoherent - CCTV cameras, criminal investigations and actual forensics are nonexistent , the characters are ridiculously dumb enough to make the same mistakes over and over in favour of “ plot motivation” and later “relevant twists” completely contradict earlier statements made in the show.

Perhaps it is due to the fact that the show is so detached from coherent plot line , or, the fact that the stylist’s choices are so outdated ( including product placement) helps the show to seem older , but, “A Man In A Veil” is a perfect example of a show more than a decade behind recent trends - the characters have no depth or actual intrigue for viewers , the storyline is filled to the brim with more and more ridiculous cliches, and even the ending felt a little lacklustre. ( In particular after building more than 80 episodes of Tae Poong seeking revenge only to be “ miraculously solved” with little sense of conflict or poetic justice for our main lead . )It’s fair to say that “ A Man in a veil” is a typical makjang- certainly not worth watching if you’re looking for something deep, but so laughable, it keeps you watching to see what hare-brained scheme the scriptwriter tried to come up with next.

Read More

Was this review helpful to you?
Ongoing 105/105
CK Addict
9 people found this review helpful
Jan 29, 2021
105 of 105 episodes seen
Ongoing 2
Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 9.0

Great Soap Drama

I haven't watched a drama this long for a very long time. I normally didn't want to touch it. Mostly because of lack of time in my part.

I accidentally came across episode 94 few days ago. It was so interesting that I went back to episode 1, through episode 97, within less than 4 days. It means I barely have slept in the last few nights. But it's so addictive, that I can't help not to hit the next episode button.

The plot is the usual Korean drama: accident, hospital scene, switched at birth, memory lost, childhood sweetheart kind of thing. Which I usually sneer at haha. But the storyline seemed to put all those plots together so nicely. And the acting are amazing (By the way, I didn't know any of the actors/actress in this drama to begin with).

The story never gets boring. I'm on episode 97 now. The end is near and I'm so going to miss this!

Read More

Was this review helpful to you?

Recommendations

Come! Jang Bo Ri
Woman in a Veil
Second Husband

Recent Discussions

Be the first to create a discussion for A Man in a Veil

Details

  • Drama: A Man in a Veil
  • Country: South Korea
  • Episodes: 105
  • Aired: Sep 7, 2020 - Feb 10, 2021
  • Aired On: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Original Network: KBS2
  • Duration: 35 min.
  • Content Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older

Statistics

  • Score: 7.2 (scored by 377 users)
  • Ranked: #8021
  • Popularity: #6220
  • Watchers: 1,583

Top Contributors

400 edits
368 edits
350 edits
84 edits

News & Articles

Popular Lists

Related lists from users
+90 Episode Drama
138 titles 52 loves
Long KDrama
498 titles 43 loves 15

Recently Watched By