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.
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 is even better than the manhwa (surprisingly instead of cutting out some scenes from the manhwa and having bad-pacing, the drama actually elaborates the plot and adds in even more exciting side-stories that intertwine into a grand wholesome story; Masterful Pacing). Read + Watch --> Gaksital
The art in the manhwa is unfortunately not the greatest, but that's probably because it was written in 1974. This isn't saying that it's bad, because the art does give it a sense of realism which is wondrous.
I recommend you watch the Korean Drama adaptation of this manhwa because it is the greatest show I have ever seen. I've re-watched the show more than 10 times. Yep. It gets a ∞/10 every time. I made this review super short on purpose; Stop reading this stupid review now and go read the manhwa. If reading old things aren't your favorite thing to do, then watch the amazing Korean Drama: Gaksital aka Bridal Mask. It is my favorite show in the entire world~ Exciting, Compelling, Captivating, Romantic, Touching, Powerful, Thought Provoking, Tragic, Brilliant, and Legendary. read more