The Emperor: Owner of the Mask

The Emperor: Owner of the Mask[2] (Korean군주-가면의 주인; RRGunju – Gamyeonui juin; lit. Ruler – Master of the Mask) is a South Korean television series starring Yoo Seung-ho, Kim So-hyun, Kim Myung-soo, Yoon So-hee, Heo Joon-ho, and Park Chul-min. It aired on MBC every Wednesday and Thursday at 22:00 (KST) from May 10 to July 13, 2017 for 40 episodes.[3][4][5]

The Emperor: Owner of the Mask
Rulerposter.jpg
Promotional poster
Hangul
군주-가면의 주인
Genre
Created byKim Kyung-hee
Written byPark Hye-jin
Directed by
  • Noh Do-chul
  • Park Won-gook
Starring
Music byJeon Chang-yeop
Opening theme"Emperor Opening Title" by V.A
Ending theme"For A While" by Hwang Chi-yeul
Country of originSouth Korea
Original languageKorean
No. of episodes40[a]
Production
Executive producerKim Kyung-hee
Producers
  • Jung Chan-hee
  • Sim Jung-woon
  • Bae Jung-hoon
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time30 minutes[a]
Production companies
Release
Original networkMBC TV
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseMay 10 (2017-05-10) –
July 13, 2017 (2017-07-13)

PlotEdit

During the Joseon Dynasty, the long-awaited son of King Yi Yoon is born, but in exchange for its life, the king will hand over the power of the Bureau of Water Supply to the secret society "Pyunsoo Group" that controls the government. The king covers the Crown Prince's face with a mask and raises him secretly in order to protect him from the Pyunsoo Group.

Sixteen years later, Crown Prince Yi Sun, who grew up as a respectable young man, removes his mask and left the palace secretly to go to the town to find out why he has been masked since he was born. The purpose is to meet scholar Master Woo Bo who is the only person who knows why.

Crown Prince Lee Sun then meets high-ranking official's daughter Lady Han Ga-eun and a young man who has the same name as himself, Lee Sun, and deepens friendship with them.

After some time, the secret society Pyunsoo Group assassinates King Yi Yoon but Crown Prince Yi Sun escaped. The Pyunsoo Group put a fake king on the throne and controls this king and the whole Imperial Court by using a suspicious drug with poisonous properties. Having witnessed the people's suffering, the Crown Prince decides to devote himself to fight the Pyunsoo Group and reclaim his throne.

CastEdit

MainEdit

The real Crown Prince of Joseon and also known as the Chief Peddler.
Daughter of Deputy Magistrate Han, one of the students of Master Woo Bo and childhood friend of commoner Yi Sun. She has wide knowledge of medicinal herbs.
Initially worked as a water deliverer at the Bureau of Water Supply, student of Master Woo Bo and a childhood friend of Lady Ga Eun. He was planted as a fake king by Pyeon-soo group and this slowly gave birth to his greed and desire to become the true king of Joseon in order to earn Ga-eun's feelings, as partially driven by his jealousy towards Crown Prince Yi Sun and the manipulation of Kim Dae-mok.
Granddaughter of Pyunsoo Group leader Dae-mok and head of all the merchants in Joseon. She fell in love with the Crown Prince at first sight. And, remained loyal towards the Crown Prince till the end.
Head of the secret society “Pyunsoo Group.” He controls King Yi Yoon and the imperial court by using a mysterious drug with poisonous properties. He forgives no one when they betray Pyunsoo Group, and he even went as far as to murder his own granddaughter for betraying him and showing loyalty to the Crown Prince.
A scholar in medicine and well-versed in Western knowledge.

SupportingEdit

  • Kim Byung-chul as Kim Woo-jae. He is the only son of Dae-mok and also the leader of Pyungsoohwe group. He is the father of Hwa-gun. He is foolish and often despised by his father Dae-mok, but he is very caring towards his daughter.
  • Kim Jong-soo as Joo Jin-myung
  • Do Yong-goo as Choi Sung-gi
  • Jung Kyu-soo as Heo Yoo-gun
  • Kim Young-woong as Jo Tae-ho. The head of Water Bureau.
  • Kim Seo-kyung as Gon, the loyal bodyguard of Lady Hwa-gun. Later, it was revealed that he was in love with his Lady, Hwa-gun. Out of love for Hwa-gun, he granted her last wish before her death by switching his allegiance to the Crown Prince and protects him from Dae-mok.
  • Park Ki-ryung as Mr. Jang
  • Lee Ki-young
  • Um Hyo-sup
People around Crown Prince Yi Sun
  • Shin Hyun-soo as Yi Chung-woon, Crown Prince Lee Sun's loyal personal bodyguard. He is the son of the dead king Yi Yoon's personal bodyguard, Bum Woo. Crown Prince Yi Sun and Chung woon grew up together.
  • Bae Yoo-ram as Park Moo-ha, adjunct official who was arrested together with Deputy Magistrate Han. He was loyal towards the Crown Prince till the very end.
  • Lee Chae-young as Mae-chang, a court lady who disguises as a gisaeng. Joseon's expert on poetry and an experienced gayageum player. Initially, she was a lady of mysterious origin and identity. But, later it reveals that she is the daughter of the head eunuch and she tries to help the Crown Prince, but her father forbids her to. She used to work on Pyungsoohwe field of poisons at an early age, but she escaped.
Family of commoner Yi-sun
  • Park Hyun-suk as Yoo Sun-daek, commoner Yi-sun's mother.
  • Jung Hae-kyun as commoner Yi-sun's father
  • Go Na-hee as Kko-mool, commoner Yi-sun's younger sister
Royal palace
  • Kim Myung-soo (1966)[11] as King Yi Yoon, Crown Prince Yi Sun's father. He wanted to become the king and thus his greed made him to become a part of Pyungsoo group. He assassinated his father and became the king.
  • Kim Sun-kyung as the Queen, Crown Prince Yi Sun's legal mother (Royal Mother). She was the one to poison the Crown Prince.
  • Choi Ji-na as Lady Yi Young-bin, Crown Prince Yi Sun's biological mother
  • Jung Doo-hong as Yi Bum-woo. He was the personal and loyal bodyguard as well as a childhood friend of the old king, Yi Yoon.
  • Song In-guk as Hyun-suk. Initially it is seen, that he is a loyal friend and bodyguard of the fake king Commoner Yi Sun. But later, it was revealed that he was a lackey of Dae-mok.
  • Jung Ah-mi as Court Lady Han. She was forever loyal towards the Royal Mother.
  • Lee Dae-ro as Chief Eunuch. He is the father of Ma Chaeng. He is neither for the late king nor for the Crown Prince nor for Dae-mok. He was supposedly loyal towards Crown Prince's grandfather/late king's father.

ExtendedEdit

  • Jeon No-min as Deputy Magistrate Han Kyu-ho, father of Lady Ga Eun. He was a kind and righteous official who was later being executed due to the manipulation of Pyeon-soo group.
  • Jin Ki-joo as Choi Kang-seo[12]
  • Gong Jung-hwan
  • Min Pil-joon as Park Cheon-soo

ProductionEdit

  • Despite differences in tone, the media noted the drama's similarities with KBS2's hit series Love in the Moonlight (2016) as both are set in Joseon era with young lead actors born in 1993 (Moonlight's Park Bo-gum, Emperor's Yoo Seung-ho) and 1999 (Moonlight's Kim Yoo-jung, Emperor's Kim So-hyun).[13][14] Emperor also co-stars Park Chul-min who had a supporting role in Moonlight.[15] Interestingly, Park Chul-min portrays an antagonist and corrupt official in Moonlight, but in contrast, he plays a righteous man who was a trusted ally of the protagonist Crown Prince Yi Sun in Emperor.
  • The first script reading took place on December 23, 2016 at MBC Broadcasting Station in Sangam, Seoul, South Korea. The series was pre-produced with filming commencing in December 2016, and lasted six months.[16][17][18][19] The series reunited Kim So-hyun and Yoo Seung-ho who starred in Missing You (2013), and Kim Myung-soo and Yoon So-hee in The Day After We Broke Up (2016).[20][21]
  • The series was promoted heavily by MBC, with the first teaser released six months before its premiere at the MBC Drama Awards, where leads Yoo and Kim also served as presenters.[22] There were also several exclusive Naver features and V Live broadcasts before and during its run.[23][24][25]

Original soundtrackEdit

The Emperor: Owner of the Mask
OST
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
Released2017
GenreSoundtrack
LanguageKorean
LabelPlus Media
Danal Entertainment (digital)
LOEN Entertainment (physical)[26]
ProducerLee Sung-kwon

Part 1Edit

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."The Man That Couldn't Cry" (남자라 울지 못했어)
  • Im Dong-kyun
  • Good Choice
  • Kang Dong-un
  • Im Dong-kyun
  • Kim Young-sung
Yang Yo-seob (Highlight)03:45
2."The Man That Couldn't Cry" (Inst.) 
  • Kang Dong-un
  • Im Dong-kyun
  • Kim Young-sung
 03:45
Total length:07:30

Part 2Edit

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistsLength
1."From The First Time You and Me" (처음부터 너와 나)Vanilla Man (Vanilla Acoustic)Vanilla Man (Vanilla Acoustic)Bolbbalgan403:25
2."From The First Time You and Me" (Inst.) Vanilla Man (Vanilla Acoustic) 03:25
Total length:06:50

Part 3Edit

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."For A While" (잠시나마)
  • Jeon Chang-yeob
  • Black Belt
Black BeltHwang Chi-yeul04:02
2."For A While" (Inst.) Black Belt 04:02
Total length:08:04

Part 4Edit

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Star And Sun" (별과 해)
  • Yoon Jin-hyo
  • Jeon Chang-yeob
  • Jeon Chang-yeob
  • Yoon Jin-hyo
Kei (Lovelyz)03:51
2."Star And Sun" (Inst.) 
  • Jeon Chang-yeob
  • Yoon Jin-hyo
 03:51
Total length:07:42

Part 5Edit

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Between Seasons" (계절사이)
  • Jeon Chang-yeob
  • Ryu Won-gwang
  • Jeon Chang-yeob
  • Ryu Won-gwang
Kim Yeon-ji04:36
2."Between Seasons" (Inst.) 
  • Jeon Chang-yeob
  • Ryu Won-gwang
 04:36
Total length:09:12

Part 6Edit

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."I'm OK" (괜찮다고)
  • Good Choice
  • Yoda
  • Kim Se-jin
  • Park Chan
Kim Na-young03:57
2."I'm OK" (Inst.) 
  • Kim Se-jin
  • Park Chan
 03:57
Total length:07:54

Part 7Edit

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."The Tree" (나무)
  • Yang Yo-seob
  • Gyuberlake
  • Yang Yo-seob
  • Gyuberlake
Yang Yo-seob (Highlight)03:57
2."The Tree" (Inst.) 
  • Yang Yo-seob
  • Gyuberlake
 03:57
Total length:07:54

Part 8Edit

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."The Person Who I Love" (내가 사랑할 사람)Ahn Soo-wanAhn Soo-wanK.Will03:48
2."The Person Who I Love" (Inst.) Ahn Soo-wan 03:48
Total length:07:36

Part 9Edit

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Sparkling" (반짝인다)
  • Black Belt
  • Miss Kim
  • Black Belt
  • Yang Hong-seob
Hwanhee03:25
2."Sparkling" (Inst.) 
  • Black Belt
  • Yang Hong-seob
 03:25
Total length:06:50

Part 10Edit

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Flowing Down My Cheeks" (두볼에 흐른다)
  • Kang Woo-kyung
  • As You Know
  • As You Know
  • Kim Ji-hwan
Seo Young-eun04:00
2."Flowing Down My Cheeks" (Inst.) 
  • As You Know
  • Kim Ji-hwan
 04:00
Total length:08:00

Part 11Edit

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Affection" (애심)Major LeagueMajor LeagueGavy NJ04:24
2."Affection" (Inst.) Major League 04:24
Total length:08:48

Part 12Edit

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Even if I Want" (원하고 원해도)
  • Black Belt
  • Good Choice
  • Black Belt
  • Yang Hong-seob
ZIA03:40
2."Even if I Want" (Inst.) 
  • Black Belt
  • Yang Hong-seob
 03:40
Total length:07:20

Part 13Edit

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Only One Person" (단 한사람)Major LeagueMajor LeagueKim Greem03:36
2."Only One Person" (Inst.) Major League 03:36
Total length:07:12

Part 14Edit

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."It's Okay Even If It's Not Me" (내가 아니어도 좋아)
  • Good Choice
  • Red Socks
Red SocksL (INFINITE)04:42
2."It's Okay Even If It's Not Me" (Inst.) Red Socks 04:42
Total length:09:24

Part 15Edit

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Water Orchid" (수란 (水蘭))
  • As You Know
  • Major League
  • As You Know
  • Major League
Suran03:39
2."Water Orchid" (Inst.) 
  • As You Know
  • Major League
 03:39
Total length:07:18

Part 16Edit

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Can't You Hear My Heart" (내 맘이 들리지 않니)
  • Major League
  • As You Know
Major LeagueKim So-hyun03:29
2."Can't You Hear My Heart" (Inst.) Major League 03:29
Total length:06:58

Part 17Edit

No.TitleArtistLength
1."Hidden Tears" (가려진 눈물)U Sung-eun04:21
2."Hidden Tears" (Inst.) 04:21
Total length:08:42

Part 18Edit

No.TitleArtistLength
1."Looking" (바라보기)Heo Young-saeng04:04
2."Looking" (Inst.) 04:04
Total length:08:08
Disc 2:
No.TitleArtistLength
1."The Emperor : Owner of the Mask" (Opening Title)Various Artists4:28
2."Anger behind the mask"Various Artists1:58
3."Advance of the monarch"Various Artists3:56
4."Battle for blood"Various Artists2:05
5."Bright Mind"Various Artists2:50
6."Chaotic Tension"Various Artists2:41
7."Carrying out"Various Artists2:38
8."Conspiracy"Various Artists2:37
9."Destiny Waltz"Various Artists3:37
10."Decision"Various Artists2:27
11."Gauns Sonata"Various Artists3:44
12."Kingdom's gate"Various Artists3:53
13."Love of the monarch"Various Artists4:44
14."Longing"Various Artists2:53
15."Monarch pizz comic"Various Artists2:48
16."Pain Hearts"Various Artists3:25
17."Ramification"Various Artists3:29
18."Rattle"Various Artists2:15
19."Situation"Various Artists2:46
20."Strong Strike"Various Artists1:51
21."Toxic Flower"Various Artists2:31
22."The beginning of the fate"Various Artists2:44
23."The space of secret"Various Artists3:09

Chart performanceEdit

Songs
Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Remarks
KOR
Gaon
"The Man That Couldn't Cry"
(Yang Yo-seob (Highlight))
2017 77 Part 1
"From The First Time You and Me"
(Bolbbalgan4)
4 Part 2
"For A While"
(Hwang Chi-yeul)
64 Part 3
"The Person Who I Love"
(K.Will)
89 Part 8

ReceptionEdit

Despite being touted as "the next Love in the Moonlight" which became a "youth sageuk sensation",[31] The Emperor: Owner of the Mask failed to emulate the success of Love in the Moonlight and only averaged modest ratings of 12.4%.[32][33] Additionally, even though it topped ratings in its time slot, it was overtaken by its competitor in the important 20-49 year old demographic, as well as streaming, popularity, and brand reputation charts for consecutive weeks.[34][35] With the extensive promotion and hype the series received before premiere, its figures were underwhelming.[36][37][38] Performances of the cast were praised, though audiences also stated their dissatisfaction with the story and the production as a whole.[32][39] William Schwartz of HanCinema stated that the series is "irredeemably stupid", adding that "...the obstacles the characters run into are never clearly defined. It's one of the reasons why the resolutions in this drama are so unsatisfying. There's no tension."[40]

RatingsEdit

In the table below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.

Ep. Broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings[41] AGB Nielsen[42]
Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
1 May 10, 2017 8.8% (9th) 10.0% (5th) 9.7% (6th) 10.5% (5th)
2 10.1% (6th) 10.9% (4th) 11.6% (4th) 12.1% (4th)
3 May 11, 2017 10.4% (8th) 11.5% (6th) 10.5% (6th) 11.2% (5th)
4 10.8% (6th) 11.9% (5th) 12.6% (4th) 13.4% (4th)
5 May 17, 2017 8.5% (12th) 10.4% (6th) 11.2% (5th) 11.8% (5th)
6 9.2% (10th) 11.0% (5th) 12.5% (4th) 12.9% (4th)
7 May 18, 2017 10.4% (6th) 11.8% (5th) 12.0% (5th) 12.9% (5th)
8 11.6% (5th) 13.1% (4th) 13.4% (4th) 14.2% (3rd)
9 May 24, 2017 10.6% (8th) 10.9% (6th) 11.9% (6th) 12.7% (5th)
10 11.7% (5th) 12.6% (4th) 13.8% (4th) 15.2% (3rd)
11 May 25, 2017 11.1% (7th) 11.7% (5th) 12.1% (6th) 13.2% (5th)
12 12.3% (5th) 13.3% (4th) 13.8% (4th) 15.1% (3rd)
13 May 31, 2017 11.8% (6th) 13.8% (4th) 11.7% (6th) 12.2% (4th)
14 12.8% (6th) 15.7% (3rd) 13.6% (4th) 14.5% (3rd)
15 June 1, 2017 12.0% (6th) 14.5% (5th) 12.0% (6th) 12.6% (5th)
16 13.4% (5th) 15.8% (2nd) 13.6% (4th) 14.2% (3rd)
17 June 7, 2017 11.6% (6th) 13.0% (5th) 10.9% (7th) 11.6% (5th)
18 12.4% (5th) 14.0% (3rd) 11.9% (5th) 11.0% (6th)
19 June 8, 2017 11.0% (7th) 13.0% (5th) 11.2% (6th) 11.2% (6th)
20 11.4% (6th) 14.0% (4th) 12.2% (5th) 12.1% (5th)
21 June 14, 2017 11.8% (5th) 13.0% (5th) 11.3% (5th) 11.8% (5th)
22 13.0% (4th) 14.5% (2nd) 13.0% (4th) 13.8% (3rd)
23 June 15, 2017 10.3% (5th) 11.3% (5th) 11.3% (5th) 11.3% (5th)
24 12.0% (4th) 13.2% (3rd) 13.4% (4th) 13.2% (4th)
25 June 21, 2017 10.3% (8th) 11.5% (5th) 10.6% (6th) 10.8% (7th)
26 11.8% (5th) 13.0% (4th) 13.2% (4th) 13.5% (3rd)
27 June 22, 2017 10.0% (9th) 11.9% (5th) 10.8% (6th) 11.4% (5th)
28 11.6% (5th) 14.1% (3rd) 12.2% (4th) 12.4% (4th)
29 June 28, 2017 9.6% (7th) 11.0% (5th) 10.2% (6th) 10.1% (5th)
30 11.2% (4th) 13.7% (3rd) 12.2% (4th) 12.3% (4th)
31 June 29, 2017 10.5% (6th) 12.6% (4th) 11.9% (5th) 11.9% (5th)
32 12.2% (4th) 14.5% (2nd) 14.4% (4th) 14.6% (3rd)
33 July 5, 2017 12.1% (6th) 14.0% (4th) 12.6% (5th) 13.3% (5th)
34 14.0% (4th) 14.6% (3rd) 13.6% (4th) 14.5% (4th)
35 July 6, 2017 12.9% (5th) 15.2% (4th) 12.8% (5th) 13.5% (5th)
36 14.7% (4th) 16.6% (3rd) 14.9% (3rd) 15.2% (2nd)
37 July 12, 2017 15.5% (5th) 18.0% (2nd) 13.2% (5th) 13.9% (5th)
38 17.6% (3rd) 20.3% (1st) 14.5% (4th) 15.2% (2nd)
39 July 13, 2017 14.4% (5th) 16.1% (4th) 13.3% (5th) 13.5% (5th)
40 16.0% (3rd) 18.4% (2nd) 14.4% (3rd) 14.7% (3rd)
Average 11.5% 13.51% 12.4% 13.19%

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref
2017 10th Korea Drama Awards Best Drama The Emperor: Owner of the Mask Won [43][44]
Best Production Director Noh Do-cheol Nominated
Best Screenwriter Award Park Hye-jin Won
Excellence Award Jeon No-min Won
Best New Actor Kim Myung-soo Nominated
KDA Award Heo Jun-ho Won
1st The Seoul Awards Best New Actress Yoon So-hee Won [45]
19th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best OST Bolbbalgan4
("You and Me from the Start")
Nominated
9th Melon Music Awards Nominated
Korea Hallyu Awards Popular Culture Awards Kim So-hyun Won [46]
44th MBC Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Heo Joon-ho Nominated [47][48][49][50]
Yoo Seung-ho Nominated
Drama of the Year The Emperor: Owner of the Mask Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Heo Joon-ho Nominated
Yoo Seung-ho Won
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Kim So-hyun Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Kim Myung-soo Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Yoon So-hee Nominated
Golden Acting Award, Actor in a Miniseries Park Chul-min Nominated
Golden Acting Award, Actress in a Miniseries Kim Seon-kyung Won
Male Popularity Award Kim Myung-soo Won
Female Popularity Award Kim So-hyun Won
Best New Actor Kim Myung-soo Nominated
Best Character Award, Fighting Spirit Acting Kim Myung-soo Won
Best Character Award, Best Villain Heo Joon-ho Nominated
2018 12th Soompi Awards Actor of the Year Yoo Seung-ho Nominated [51]
Best Idol Actor Kim Myung-soo Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Yoon So-hee Nominated
Best Couple Yoo Seung-ho and Kim So-hyun Nominated

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b In order to circumvent Korean laws that prevent commercial breaks in the middle of an episode, what would previously have been aired as single 70 minute episodes are now being repackaged as two 35 minute episodes, with two episodes being shown each night with a commercial break between the two.[1]

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  33. ^ '드라마=로코' 성공 방정식 깨진다. Se Daily (in Korean). 수목 로코 드라마도 상황은 마찬가지다. SBS의 '수상한 파트너', MBC의 사극 '군주' 역시 시청률 10% 안팎을 힘겹게 오가고 있는 것. '군주' 역시 지난해 화제가 됐던 '구르미 그린 달빛'을 연상케 하는 풋풋한 사랑에 아역 출신 유승호와 김소현의 매력이 더해져 커다란 사랑을 받을 것이라는 관측이 지배적이었다.
  34. ^ "'수상한 파트너', 6월 1주차 드라마 부문 TV화제성 1위 기록…'2위는 군주'". Topstar Newslanguage=ko. 2017-06-16.
  35. ^ "The Irony of Suspicious Partner". Newsen. 그러나 전체 시청률을 제외한 TV 화제성, 브랜드 평판, 2049 시청률 등에서는 '수트너'가 압도적으로 1위다. 전체 가구 시청률에서 20세에서 49세까지의 시청률을 별도로 산정한 '2049 시청률'은 '수트너'가 6연속 1위를 차지했고, TV 화제성에서는 3주 연속 1위를 유지했다. '수트너'의 주인공인 지창욱은 5주 연속 TV 드라마 출연자 화제성 1위에 이름을 올렸다.language=ko
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