16 episodes - Wed, Thu 22:00
Also known as "The Man in the Mask" and "Masked Investigator"
About a man who uses his hands to handle situations that he normally can't deal with as an investigator.
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Masked Prosecutor" 2015/08/08
A lot of people like a good revenge plot. Others like tales about justice and the heroes who deliver it. Seeing good win against bad is a basic feature of most stories and easy to make exciting as a concept. A series like "Masked Prosecutor" also belongs in a medium which is good with revenge stories, that being Korean drama. Unfortunately, the show manages to waste its opportunity with bad execution and unexplored intriguing topics,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Masked Prosecutor" Episode 16 (final) 2015/08/02 "Masked Prosecutor" has come to an end. It has been quite the journey that concludes pleasantly. Everyone gets what they deserve, including our hero. Justice is had, but what is missing from this show is the feeling of justice and satisfaction. "Masked Prosecutor" went through the motions of working the law, catching the villains, dealing with impossible family and childhood loves, but that magnetic spark that makes a drama special and attractive to the viewer was missing,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Masked Prosecutor" Episode 15 2015/08/02
Everything in the action of episode 15 tells us that exciting things are afoot. There are trials, brothers at odds, secret identities uncovered, and romantic antics. A lot happens and yet very little is felt. It's action devoid of emotion. Action for action's sake. Action to attempt to salvage the drama. The acting on the part of Uhm Ki-joon and Joo Sang-wook is stellar,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Masked Prosecutor" Episode 14 2015/08/02
This is an episode of choices and realization that centers around Dae-cheol. The character arcs move in relation to his personal journey, which is lazy writing or perhaps desperate writing as we head into the final week of "Masked Prosecutor". Dae-cheol is heart broken several times in this episode as his living family continue to disappoint him,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Masked Prosecutor" Episode 13 2015/07/26 "Masked Prosecutor" has taken a darker twist than I had anticipated. While jarring, it hurtles forward with such conviction that I've almost forgotten that it doesn't quite fit. Most of this next direction rests heavily on Hyun-woong's shoulders and therefore on the very capable Eom Ki-joon's shoulders. His character has stepped forward from the shadows only to be doused in a darkness of his own making,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Masked Prosecutor" Episode 11 2015/07/17 "Masked Prosecutor" is both better and worse this episode. It is very engaging on an emotional level and focuses more on the core relationships in the show rather than the faulted procedural happenings. The relationship between Dae-cheol and Min-hee in both of its incarnations is endearing because Min-hee has stopped fighting her feelings for both Dae-cheol and his masked alter ego,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Masked Prosecutor" Episode 10 2015/07/13
Episode 10 was all about backing the bad guys into the corner. This means it focused on the procedural aspect of the show. The procedural aspect of "Masked Prosecutor is, by far, the weakest part of the drama. Therefore, this episode was decidedly weak. Dae-cheol and his helpers figure out how to back Sang-taek and his cronies (who include Hyun-woong) into a proverbial corner,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Masked Prosecutor" Episode 9 2015/07/08
After the midway point of "Masked Prosecutor" Min-hee began to fill out as a character. In this episode especially she shows significant growth as her past comes to haunt her and she loses the composure for which she has been known. Alongside her walks Dae-cheol and his sidekick Ho-sik propels him into realization: he must use the mask for justice and not for revenge. I've been hoping to see Dae-cheol to learn to be powerful as a prosecutor, but the show wants him to fight on the side of justice rather than use the mask for personal reasons,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Masked Prosecutor" Episode 8 2015/07/01
Romance blossoms in episode 8 of "Masked Prosecutor" and it's quite welcome amongst the darkness of the procedural happenings. It livens up Min-hee's character and also provides some conflict. The cards also continue to stack up against Dae-cheol at this halfway point of the drama and bring both him and Min-hee to critical decisions. The path towards these decisions was decidedly clunky,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Masked Prosecutor" Episode 7 2015/06/29
A few big revelations took place this episode of "Masked Prosecutor", but more than that, we got to see genuine character development in Min-hee. The development walked hand in hand with the unfolding of her backstory. Kim Sun-ah also opened up with her burgeoning character. We learned more about Min-hee's past as she chases the cold trails that Sang-taek left behind,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Masked Prosecutor" Episode 6 2015/06/21 "Masked Prosecutor" has such potential that it is not living up to. Dae-cheol hides behind his mask because he feels impotent as a prosecutor. The story is about how he grows up. Min-hee also hides behind a less literal mask, one of a driven, hard woman who works for justice and who leaves little time for herself to be happy. Neither of these characters are compellingly written,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Masked Prosecutor" Episode 5 2015/06/17
The villain gains the upper hand in this episode because he is cunning enough to stay two steps ahead of our heroes. This episode shows how far-reaching his power and how difficult it is to battle someone with no conscience. Each of the main characters, Dae-cheol, Min-hee, Hyun-woong, and even Ri-na, is effected by Sang-taek's clever mechanizations,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Masked Prosecutor" Episode 4 2015/06/10
The web of corruption and lies that Dae-cheol and Min-hee are fighting grows wider by the episode. This was quite the exciting hour as Dae-cheol discovers how deeply his past and his father's past ties into the current landscape of abuse of power, and Min-hee suspects him to be the Masked Vigilante. There's also a bit of romantic interest budding on her part. Nothing says excitement like a sprinkle of love a dash of murder. What intrigues me most about Dae-cheol is that he's not just leading a double life, he's actually leading a triple life,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Masked Prosecutor" Episode 3 2015/06/07
Past collides with present as Dae-cheol fervently dives into revenge for his father. So much of what fueled his father's sad turns in life remains and continues to fester in positions of power. It is in this third episode that we also see his half-brother, Hyeon-woong, start to question his place in life and his father's past corruptions. Min-hee is the most vaguely developed main character, but as she is caught up in the thick of Dae-cheol's investigation, she will hopefully get her own development. As Dae-cheol explores his father's past and suffers the grief of losing him, we get to experience alongside him how difficult and unfair life was for his father,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Masked Prosecutor" Episode 1 2015/06/02
While "Masked Prosecutor" was tonally undecided in its first episode, it did deliver a compelling backstory and give impetus to watch the next episode. The cast is strong and the younger generation performs so well that it makes me hope to see them for many more trips to the past. This first episode mostly focused on how the main characters came to choose their current careers,...More
[HanCinema's Drama First Look] "Masked Prosecutor" 2015/05/30
When the teasers for "Masked Prosecutor" first came out, they raised quite a few eyebrows. There is really no way for a man in a Mexican wrestling mask to be seen as part of any kind of normalcy, even for the often unrealistic standards of Korean drama. The show teased with cool action and a little comedy, as well as hope for something fun and new. Unfortunately, it does not capitalize on its strengths or deliver on its created expectations,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Masked Prosecutor" 2015/05/16
It is no secret that Korean drama favors the melodramatic over the cheerful and that stories outside a certain premise pool do not often end up well. However, hope is a strong emotion and whenever a show comes along that looks fun and upbeat, many begin the same circle of excitement and trepidation. "Masked Prosecutor" could go very wrong in many ways, but it might also inject some much needed lightness into the medium,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Warm and Cozy" 2015/05/09 Hong Jeong-eun and Hong Mi-ran are among the most beloved Korean drama writers, especially for foreign fans. Their romantic comedies offer star power and successful pairings, lively and unique characters and a writing style many love. Despite a few bumps along the way, their shows are entertaining and well received. Their latest installment is "Warm and Cozy", a phrase which will hopefully describe viewer sentiment throughout,...More
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