Friday, March 15, 2013


Today's post will be about Iljimae. I know that I'm watching this pretty late considering the child actors of this drama are all grown up and are acting as teenagers in many popular dramas. This drama has Yeo Jin Goo and Kim Yoo Jung when they were still little children.


       This is a historical drama that takes place during the Joseon dynasty. Our main character is known as Iljimae. Iljimae is a mysterious thief who robs corrupt government officials to give to the poor. He's kind of like Robin Hood. He not only steals materials and treasures, but he also helps the wrongfully imprisoned and criminals hiding from judgment. At each scene of robbery, he leaves a small painting of a branch of red plum blossoms. Citizens support him but the king and nobles want to catch him.

         His real name is Lee Gyeom. His father was killed when he was a child and he managed to survive because his father hid him in the closet. He takes to the streets as a beggar afterwards. He suffered amnesia due to shock from the loss of his father and being forced to throw a rock at his mother to prove that he was not the son. He gets saved and adopted by a man named Swe Dol. After 13 years, he is now known as Yong. He starts to remember his past and begins to search for the remains of his family. He experiences quite a lot. He witnessed his sister executed after finding her and so he decides to embark on a journey of revenge. He tattooed himself with a black emblem that he saw on the sword of his father's murderer and embarks on a life of crime and for the benefit of the poor.
        When he finds a conspiracy that deals with his father, he decides to use Eun Chae. Eun Chae is the daughter of a government official and he wanted to use her to get the information he needed. However, he fell in love with her. So he is faced with a dilemma of his mission for revenge and for this contradicting love relation with Eun Chae.

The ending was a bit confusing as they did not have time to complete the filming of the last episode and so they used some scenes from episode 1.

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