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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Series cast summary:
Joon-Gi Lee ...  Iljimae / ... 20 episodes, 2008
Sung-ryung Kim ...  Dan-Yi 20 episodes, 2008
Kil-kang Ahn ...  Kongkal Ah Je 20 episodes, 2008
Won-jong Lee ...  Byun-Shik 20 episodes, 2008
Young-Ah Lee ...  Bong Soon 19 episodes, 2008
Ji-yoon Moon ...  Dae-Sik 19 episodes, 2008
Hyo-Joo Han ...  Eun Chae 18 episodes, 2008
Shi-hoo Park ...  Ja Dol / ... 18 episodes, 2008
Chang-wan Kim ...  Do Po Hui / ... 18 episodes, 2008
Mun-shik Lee ...  Seo Dol 18 episodes, 2008
Mu-Yeol Kim ...  Si Wan 18 episodes, 2008
Gi-seok Do Gi-seok Do ...  Hee Bong / ... 17 episodes, 2008
Hyun-sung Kim Hyun-sung Kim ...  Heung Kyeon 17 episodes, 2008
Kwang-sik Kim Kwang-sik Kim ...  Kuk-Doo 16 episodes, 2008
Jeong Jae Eun ...  Sim-Duk 15 episodes, 2008
Roe-ha Kim ...  Sa Cheon 14 episodes, 2008
Won-jae Lee Won-jae Lee ...  Hunter Jang 11 episodes, 2008
Sang-ki Jo Sang-ki Jo ...  Mu Lee 10 episodes, 2008
Eun-Poong Jang Eun-Poong Jang ...  Mak-Shwe 9 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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South Korea

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Korean

Release Date:

21 May 2008 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Hoţul fantomă See more »

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South Korea

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Lee is the second Korean actor to play the hero following Dong-Gun Jang in 1993 and followed by Il-Woo Jung for MBC's The Return of Iljimae in 2009. See more »

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Remade as The Vigilantes in Masks (2010) See more »

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Ninja Robin Hood at it's best
13 May 2015 | by Roberthart555See 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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