Ruler: Master of the Mask

Ruler Master of the Mask

Synopsis

Ruler: Master of the Mask tells the story of Joseon Crown Prince Lee Sun who fights against an organization called Pyunsoo-hwe that has gained power and wealth through the privatization and monopolization of the water supply all over Joseon. For some reason, he has to hide behind a mask but still manages to bring hope for the people who suffer from all the injustices. He finds support from the woman he loves and becomes a true ruler.

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General Information

  • Status: COMPLETED
  • Drama Title: Ruler: Master of the Mask
  • Other Titles: Monarch
  • Genre: Historical, Political, Romance
  • Director: No Do-cheol
  • Writer: Park Hye-jin
  • No. of Episodes: 40
  • Broadcast Period: May 10-July 13, 2017
  • Time Slot: 22:00 Korean Standard Time, Wed & Thu
  • Runtime: 35 minutes
  • TV Network: MBC (free-to-air)
  • Production Company(s): People Story Company, Huayi Brothers
  • Preceded by: Radiant Office
  • Followed by: Man Who Dies To Live

Main Cast & Characters

main cast of Ruler: Master of the Mask

Yoo Seung-ho as Prince Lee Sun. He is a crown prince who needs to hide behind a mask for a reason initially unknown to him. For his subjects, he strongly fights against all injustices and oppression.

Kim So-hyun as Han Ga-eun. She is said to be unladylike as she grew up in a family of warriors. Despite her mother’s early death and her family’s financial problems, she becomes a woman who has a gentle personality behind her strong and independent facade. She is the woman who will help Prince Lee Seon to be a just ruler.

Kim Myung-soo as Peasant Lee Sun. As needed, he swaps places with the Crown Prince Lee Seon and also wears a mask. Even if he is uneducated, he is born with intellect. He falls in love with Han Ga-eun who teaches him to read, gives him a name, and treats him well as a human being.

Yoon So-hee as Kim Hwa-gun. She is the granddaughter of the leader of the Pyunsoo-hwe which is against the monarchy. After personally meeting Prince Lee Seon, she begins to develop a dangerous unrequited love for the crown prince.

Ratings

Ruler: Master of the Mask Viewership Ratings Data
The orange and green numbers indicate the lowest and highest ratings, respectively. All values are expressed in %.
Episode # Broadcast date Nielsen Korea TNMS
Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
1 May 10, 2017 9.7 10.5 8.8 10.0
2 11.6 12.1 10.1 10.9
3 May 11, 2017 10.5 11.2 10.4 11.5
4 12.6 13.4 10.8 11.9
5 May 17, 2017 11.2 11.8 8.5 10.4
6 12.5 12.9 9.2 11.0
7 May 18, 2017 12.0 12.9 10.4 11.8
8 13.4 14.2 11.6 13.1
9 May 24, 2017 11.9 12.7 10.6 10.9
10 13.8 15.2 11.7 12.6
11 May 25, 2017 12.1 13.2 11.1 11.7
12 13.8 15.1 12.3 13.3
13 May 31, 2017 11.7 12.2 11.8 13.8
14 13.6 14.5 12.8 15.7
15 Jun 1, 2017 12.0 12.6 12.0 14.5
16 13.6 14.2 13.4 15.8
17 Jun 7, 2017 10.9 11.0 11.6 13.0
18 11.9 11.6 12.4 14.0
19 Jun 8, 2017 11.2 11.2 11.0 13.0
20 12.2 12.1 11.4 14.0
21 Jun 14, 2017 11.3 11.8 11.8 13.0
22 13.0 13.8 13.0 14.5
23 Jun 15, 2017 11.3 11.3 10.3 11.3
24 13.4 13.2 12.0 13.2
25 Jun 21, 2017 10.6 10.8 10.3 11.5
26 13.2 13.5 11.8 13
27 Jun 22, 2017 10.8 11.4 10.0 11.9
28 12.2 12.4 11.6 14.1
29 Jun 28, 2017 10.1 10.1 9.6 11.0
30 12.2 12.3 11.2 13.7
31 Jun 29, 2017 11.9 11.9 10.5 12.6
32 14.4 14.6 12.2 14.5
33 Jul 5, 2017 12.6 13.3 12.1 12.2
34 13.6 14.5 14.0 14.6
35 Jul 6, 2017 12.8 13.5 12.9 15.2
36 14.9 15.2 14.7 16.6
37 Jul 12, 2017 13.2 13.9 15.5 18
38 14.5 15.2 17.6 20.3
39 Jul 13, 2017 13.3 13.5 14.4 16.1
40 13.4 14.7 16.0 18.4
Average 12.4 12.9 11.8 13.5

Official Posters

Original Soundtrack

  • OST Part 1
  • OST Part 2
  • OST Part 3
    • No. 1: For A While by Hwang Chi-yeul
    • No. 2: For A While (instrumental)
  • OST Part 4
    • No. 1: Star and Sun by Kei (Lovelyz)
    • No. 2: Star and Sun (instrumental)
  • OST Part 5
    • No. 1: Between Seasons by Kim Yeon-ji
    • No. 2: Between Seasons (instrumental)
  • OST Part 6
    • No. 1: I’m OK by Kim Na-young
    • No. 2: I’m OK (instrumental)
  • OST Part 7
    • No. 1: The Tree by Yang Yo-seob (Highlight)
    • No. 2: The Tree (instrumental)
  • OST Part 8
  • OST Part 9
    • No. 1: Sparkling by Hwanhee
    • No. 2: Sparkling (instrumental)
  • OST Part 10
  • OST Part 11
    • No. 1: Affection by Gavy NJ
    • No. 2: Affection (instrumental)
  • OST Part 12
    • No. 1: Even If I Want by ZIA
    • No. 2: Even If I Want (instrumental)
  • OST Part 13
    • No. 1: Only One Person by Kim Greem
    • No. 2: Only One Person (instrumental)
  • OST Part 14
  • OST Part 15
    • No. 1: Water Orchid by Suran
    • No. 2: Water Orchid (instrumental)
  • OST Part 16
  • OST Part 17
  • OST Part 18

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