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Mask Girl
Promotional poster
Revised RomanizationMaseukeugeol
Based onMask Girl
by Mae-mi and Hee-se
Developed bySong Sang-beom (planning)
Written byKim Young-hoon
Directed byKim Young-hoon
Music byJang Young-kyu
Country of originSouth Korea
Original languageKorean
No. of episodes7
  • Son Sang-beom
  • Oh Kwang-hee
  • Moon Seok-hwan
  • Kim Yong-hoon
Running time51–65 minutes
Production companies
  • Bon Factory
  • House of Impressions
Original release
ReleaseAugust 18, 2023 (2023-08-18)

Mask Girl (Korean마스크걸) is a 2023 South Korean black comedy crime thriller television series written and directed by Kim Yong-hoon, and starring Lee Han-byeol, Nana, Go Hyun-jung, Ahn Jae-hong, and Yeom Hye-ran.[3] It is based on the Naver webtoon of the same name by Mae-mi and Hee-se, which was published between 2015 and 2018.[4] It was released on Netflix on August 18, 2023.[5][6][7]


Kim Mo-mi (Lee Han-byeol/Nana/Go Hyun-jung), an office worker who is insecure about her looks, becomes a masked internet personality by night—until a chain of unexpected, ill-fated events overtakes her life.



  • Lee Han-byeol as Kim Mo-mi/Mask Girl (in 2009, before surgery)[1]
  • Ahn Jae-hong as Joo Oh-nam: an ordinary office worker who is Mo-mi's co-worker and Mask Girl's regular viewer whom he admires[1]
  • Yeom Hye-ran as Kim Kyung-ja: Oh-nam's overprotective mother who seeks revenge against Mo-mi[1]



No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Kim Mo-mi"Kim Young-hoonKim Young-hoonAugust 18, 2023 (2023-08-18)
Kim Mo-mi grew up with dreams of becoming a pop star, but was thwarted by her plain looks. By day, she works in an office, and by night she runs a popular livestream channel where she wears a mask and performs as "Mask Girl". Mo-mi's life is upended when she discovers that Park Gi-hoon, her boss and the man whom she has feelings for, is having an affair with another co-worker, Lee A-reum. Mo-mi's popularity plummets after she loses her livestream and confesses her woes to a regular Mask Girl viewer, unaware he is her co-worker, Ju Oh-nam.
2"Ju Oh-nam"Kim Young-hoonKim Young-hoonAugust 18, 2023 (2023-08-18)
Ju Oh-nam is a loner and a regular viewer of Mask Girl's channel, recognizing her to be Kim Mo-mi based on her hands. Oh-nam falls in love with Mo-mi, but is unable to express his feelings. Mo-mi meets a Mask Girl's obsessive fan who tries to rape her, but he is knocked out in a scuffle. Oh-nam comes to Mo-mi's aid; he kills the man and disposes of the body. Traumatized by her experiences, Mo-mi abruptly quits her job and undergoes plastic surgery, exasperating Oh-nam. Oh-nam rapes Mo-mi, and Mo-mi stabs him to death.
3"Kim Kyung-Ja"Kim Young-hoonKim Young-hoonAugust 18, 2023 (2023-08-18)
Kim Kyung-ja is Oh-nam's overbearing mother, who struggled to raise him as a single parent. When Oh-nam becomes uncontactable, Kyung-ja has the police break into his apartment, where they find the remains of Oh-nam's victim. Later, the police also find Oh-nam's remains in a suitcase. Kyung-ja believes that Mo-mi, who has been revealed to the public to be Mask Girl, is Oh-nam's murderer, and vows revenge. Kyung-ja's investigation leads her to a woman named Kim Chun-ae, whom she kidnaps. Chun-ae insists that she is not Mo-mi, but claims to know her.
4"Kim Chun-ae"Kim Young-hoonKim Young-hoonAugust 18, 2023 (2023-08-18)
Kim Chun-ae convinces Kyung-ja that Mo-mi is her rival at the club they work at, and offers to help Kyung-ja get her revenge. In reality, Chun-ae and Mo-mi have become close friends as they grew up similarly ostracized, and had plastic surgery in order to start new lives. Mo-mi helps Chun-ae kill her abusive live-in partner, and the pair make their escape. Mo-mi reveals to Chun-ae that she is pregnant. They are confronted by Kyung-ja, and in the melee, Kyung-ja shoots Chun-ae, and Chun-ae bludgeons Kyung-ja's head before dying. Mo-mi dumps the bodies in a lake. Some time later, Mo-mi is arrested.
5"Kim Mi-mo"Kim Young-hoonKim Young-hoonAugust 18, 2023 (2023-08-18)
Kim Mi-mo is Mo-mi and Oh-nam's daughter. As a baby, Mi-mo was given to her grandmother shortly before Mo-mi surrendered to the police and was sent to prison. Growing up, Mi-mo is bullied for being Mask Girl's daughter, and becomes a loner who lashes out. At a new school, Mi-mo befriends Ye-chun, a compulsive liar who is also a loner. The pair plan to run away together. Mi-mo overhears that the other students have learned that she is the daughter of Mask Girl; Mi-mo beats up Ye-chun, assuming that she told everyone. However, the info was spread by Kyung-ja, who is still alive.
6"Kim Mo-mi"Kim Young-hoonKim Young-hoonAugust 18, 2023 (2023-08-18)
In prison, Mo-mi initially antagonizes An Eun-suk, a prisoner with powerful connections. Years later, an older Mo-mi receives a letter from Kyung-ja that contains a news article about Mi-mo's troubled life; Mo-mi attempts to escape but fails. After over a month in solitary confinement, Mo-mi seemingly turns over a new leaf and offers to donate her kidney to Eun-suk's daughter, who needs it. Kyung-ja, who has had plastic surgery, meets Mo-mi and tells her about how she befriended Mi-mo, repeatedly sabotaged her life, and intends for Mo-mi to feel the same pain of the loss of a child.
7"Mi-mo and Mo-mi"Kim Young-hoonKim Young-hoonAugust 18, 2023 (2023-08-18)
Mi-mo runs away to live with Kyung-Ja, who is surprised when Mi-mo treats her lovingly. Despite having second thoughts, Kyung-ja sets Mi-mo up to suffocate to death in front of a camera. Mo-mi is taken to the hospital for the kidney transfer and escapes. Mo-mi, Ye-chun, and Mi-mo's grandmother individually race to Kyung-ja's house. The trio arrive in time to save Mi-mo, but Kyung-ja stabs Mi-mo's grandmother, who bleeds to death. After the police arrive, Kyung-ja tries to shoot Mi-mo, but Mo-mi sacrifices herself and dies in Mi-mo's arms. Kyung-ja is shot by the police and dies. Afterwards, Mi-mo is adopted by Ye-chun's parents, and her outlook on life improves. Mi-mo watches a childhood video of Mo-mi, who performs a dance and says that her dream is to be "loved by everyone".


Name of the award ceremony, year presented, category, nominee(s) of the award, and the result of the nomination
Award ceremony Year Category Nominee / Work Result Ref.
Baeksang Arts Awards 2024 Best Supporting Actor Ahn Jae-hong Won [18]
Best Supporting Actress Yeom Hye-ran Won
Best New Actress Lee Han-byeol Nominated [19]
Critics' Choice Awards 2024 Best Foreign Language Series Mask Girl Nominated [20]


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