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Synonyms: Bridal Mask
Japanese: 각시탈


Type: Manhwa
Volumes: 1
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Finished
Published: Nov 7, 1974
Authors: Heo, Young Man (Story & Art)
Serialization: None


Score: 8.941 (scored by 16 users)
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Ranked: #221002
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Popularity: #17783
Members: 138
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There's a rumor about a mysterious freedom fighter who wears a Korean Bridal Mask and goes around fighting injustice and dealing out righteous judgement. This mysterious Korean hero is known as "Gaksital."

There lives two Korean brothers, Lee Kang-To and Lee Kang-San. Lee Kang-To serves as a Japanese police in Korea and devotedly serves and respects Japan while seemingly betraying his origins. Meanwhile his brother is a loyal Korean patriot who was beat down so severely by the Japanese police that he became mentally unstable. In order to care for his brother (and others that he holds dearly), Kang-To needs power and money. How is going to acquire recognition from the Japanese, and obtain a more powerful position? Catch the legendary Gaksital. The Gaksital and Kang-To serve as perfect foils for each other; their ideals differ. While Kang-To believes that it's right for the strong to prey on the weak because the strong worked that much harder to achieve power, the Gaksital believes in equity among all people. And so the Kang-To (Justice) vs Gaksital (Justice). Cat-and-Mouse chase begins. As truths are revealed, friendship-family ties shatter, the people of Korea rebel, and tragedies unfold, hundreds of thousands of lives are lost. And Lee Kang-To changes from the Japanese's dog, to a tragic hero of Korea. This is a tragic story of love-hate, right-wrong, patriotism, betrayal and redemption.

(Source: Sorrow)


Gaksital is based on a true story during the 1930's when Korea was under Japanese rule.

The series was adapted into a critically acclaimed 28-episode Korean Drama which aired from May 30 to September 6, 2012.


Lee, Kang-To
Lee, Kang-To

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Dec 2, 2014
This is simply the single most touching and greatest piece of writing I have read in my entire life, and yes I am biased because I am a Korean. But you don't have to be a Korean to appreciate how great this manhwa is. This is a fictional story based off real events during the Japanese colonial rule of Korea.

I already wrote the synopsis on the page, so I don't find it necessary for me to write it in my review. My thoughts on the manhwa is very simple: "Greatest of All Time". This manhwa literally has everything great + realism. The Korean Drama read more
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