Gaksital is a famous manhwa set in the 1930s, during the Japanese occupation. The hero, Lee Kang-to, is known as ‘Gaksital’ because he wears a mask to hide his face — one of those traditional play masks, specifically the rosy-cheeked one reserved for the female role, aka the bride. He’s an unassuming young man in real life, but when he dons his superhero mask, he fights injustice and rights wrongs during one of the darkest periods of Korea’s history
Cho In is a very gifted doctor who has everything that he wants whereas his older brother, Seon Woo, is jealous of all the attention that Cho In receives. Seon Woo blames his brother for taking everything good in his life away from him. Seon Woo blames Cho In for getting their father's love, getting more recognition as a doctor, and for stealing the woman he loves.
Kim Kuan-jang (Shin Hyeon-jun) is leading a school of the traditional korean martial art Taekkyon. His rival is the Kendo-master Kim Kwan-jang (Choi Seong-guk) who is teaching at the same building. The two clash on several occassions and moreover even fall in love with the same woman, the daughter of their landlord (Oh Seung-hyeon). Furthermore, Kuan-jang's son is disappointed by his father, because he doesn't want to teach him secret martial art techniques. Therefore, he secretly also becomes a disciple of the Kendo-master.The two Kims are not only hostile to each other, but they have also become lazy and conceited. However, there is a new threat arising. Another martial arts teacher opens his school in the same building the two other Kims have their dojos at.Kim Suk-ho (Kwon Oh-jung) teaches Kung Fu and is a very ambitious trainer, who soon also wins over the disciples of the other schools. As things are, he also falls in love with the daughter of the landlord, eventually. A duel between the three shall decide who is worthy of the girl's hand.Things get really serious, though, when a gangster organisation settles down in town and wants to buy all the houses in order to build their own town on the property. The three Kims got to lay aside their quarrel and work on the same end to overcome this crisis.
Mrs. Hong, the big boss of a powerful mafia group gives a mission to her three sons to find an elite daughter-in-law for her first son, In-Jae. In-Jae finally crashes into a beautiful lady, Jin-Kyung, who looks to be his soul mate. In-Jae is head-over-heels for Jin-Kyung. However, he finds out that Jin-Kyung is a prosecutor and the family seems to be in big danger!
Jung-suh and Song-joo grew up together. They were always there for each other. Tragedy begins when Song Joo begins his studies overseas without Jung-suh. Jung-suh's father remarries Tae Mira. Mira takes in her two children from a previous marriage, Tae-hwa and Yuri. Yuri is envious of the life that Jung-suh leads and is determined to take everything away from her, including Song-joo. Tae-hwa begins to develop feelings for his stepsister, however Jung-suh still loves Song-joo. Five years later, tragedy occurs when Jung-suh gets into a car accident causing her to lose her memory. Together with Tae-hwa, they start anew. Song-joo is led to believe that she is dead. However, when they meet again one day, he is determined to remind her of the love they had for one another. When fate finally seemed to be on their side, Jung-suh is diagnosed with eye cancer.