Set during the Joseon Dynasty, Ryung acted as a hooligan in the marketplace by day but at night he was a thief who robbed corrupted government officials to give to the poor.
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 Iljimae / ... (20 episodes, 2008)
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 Do Po Hui / ... (20 episodes, 2008)
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 Dani (20 episodes, 2008)
Hyun-sung Kim ...
 Heung Kyeon (20 episodes, 2008)
Won-jae Lee ...
 Hunter Jang (20 episodes, 2008)
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 Eun Chae (19 episodes, 2008)
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 Ja Dol / ... (19 episodes, 2008)
Young Ah Lee ...
 Bong Soon (19 episodes, 2008)
Gi-seok Do ...
 Hee Bong / ... (18 episodes, 2008)
Dong-won Seo ...
 Eun Bok (Hunter Jang's son) (18 episodes, 2008)
Mun-shik Lee ...
 Seo Dol (17 episodes, 2008)
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Geom is the son of a virtuous nobleman, Lee Won Ho, who is a trustworthy supporter and brother to the king and a central member of the secret organization, Cheonwoohoe, comprised of important nobles and with the king as their leader. He lives peacefully in a house with many plum trees with his wife, daughter, and son. However, a mysterious rumor is spread that he is plotting to overthrow the king. Knowing about this, the king kills Lee Won Ho as he believes that 'two suns cannot exist on the same sky'. Geom witnesses the incident from the inside of a safe where his father hid him. Later, he is saved and adopted by a retired thief, Seo Dol, after he becomes stricken with amnesia due to the shock of losing his father and being forced to throw a rock at his mother's head to prove that he was not the son. 13 years later, Geom, who was renamed Ryung by Seo Dol, starts to regain his memories and begins to search for his older sister, Yeon, only to see her being sentenced and hanged. The ... Written by Colleen16

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Peasant by day, Hero by night, Iljimae.


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Lee Jun-gi caught a cold during the making of Ep.17, which almost lead him to pass out. See more »

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Remake of Iljimae (1993) See more »

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Ninja Robin Hood at it's best
13 May 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Iljimae is an amazing story about a kid who goes out at night to rob from the rich and give to the poor. He is also trying to avenge his farther's death at the same time. He dresses up like a ninja while on the job and he uses his martial arts skills to help him become the most famous thief in Joseon (Korea). You could say he was a "Korea criminal"! OK no more attempts at jokes....

The story is entertaining and cool from the first episode. The characters are varied and colorful. You'll end up liking all of them. There is tons of action but there is a lot of depth too. There is plenty of love interests, cruel twists of fate and murder mystery drama.

I would recommend this show to anyone with a face. You have to read subtitles but it is totally worth for this one.

There is a sequel called "return of iljimae" which is not as good but also worth checking out for people looking for more ninja thief drama.


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