Hong Gil Dong

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  • 2008
  • 1 Season
  • 7.2  (228)

Hong Gil Dong is a 24-episode South Korean historical drama series that originally aired on KBS2 in 2008. The show stars Kang Ji-hwan in the titular role of Hong Gil-dong, a Robin Hood-like character who fights against injustice and oppression in Joseon-era Korea.

Set in the late 16th century, the show follows the life of Hong Gil-dong, a son born out of wedlock to a nobleman and a slave woman. Unlike his privileged half-brothers, Gil-dong is forced to live a life of poverty and discrimination. As a result, he grows up with a burning desire to fight for the underdogs and take down corrupt officials who exploit the common people.

The series starts with a flashback to Gil-dong's childhood, showing how he and his mother were mistreated and ostracized by their family and other aristocrats. After his mother's death, Gil-dong embarks on a journey to find his father and claim his rightful place in society. Along the way, he meets several other characters who become his close allies, including his childhood friend Chang Hui, a skilled archer who shares his ideals, and Heo Yi Nok, a traveling performer who becomes his love interest.

As Gil-dong travels across the countryside and interacts with various communities, he witnesses firsthand the injustices and atrocities committed by the ruling class. He becomes increasingly determined to rebel against the system and create a world where all people are treated with dignity and respect. To achieve this goal, he forms a group of rebels called the Amogae (meaning "the bandit who stole from the rich and gave to the poor"), who carry out daring raids on corrupt officials and distribute stolen goods among the poor.

The show features several themes that are common in Korean historical dramas, such as loyalty, family, honor, and romance. In addition to the main storyline, there are several subplots that explore the relationships between different characters and their struggles to navigate the complex social hierarchy of Joseon-era Korea. There are also elements of fantasy and folklore, such as a legendary sword that is said to bestow invincibility upon its wielder and a fabled rock that emits a harmonious sound that can heal the sick.

One of the standout features of Hong Gil Dong is its strong cast of actors, led by Kang Ji-hwan as the charming and charismatic Gil-dong. Kang brings a balance of humor and intensity to his performance, making Gil-dong a likable and relatable protagonist. The other actors also deliver solid performances, including Sung Yu-ri as Heo Yi Nok and Jang Geun-suk as Chang Hui. The show also features a number of veteran actors in supporting roles, such as Ahn Suk-hwan as the devious Prime Minister, and Kim Ri-na as the Queen Dowager.

Another strength of the show is its production design and cinematography, which capture the look and feel of the era in vivid detail. The costumes, makeup, and sets all contribute to the sense of historical authenticity, while the camera work and lighting create a moody and atmospheric tone. The action scenes are well choreographed and thrilling, and the show uses a mix of practical effects and CGI to create a sense of spectacle.

Overall, Hong Gil Dong is a highly entertaining and engaging historical drama that combines action, romance, and social commentary. Its themes of justice and equality are still relevant today, and its characters and storylines are memorable and compelling. Whether you're a fan of Korean dramas or simply looking for a well-crafted adventure story, Hong Gil Dong is definitely worth checking out.

Hong Gil Dong is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (24 episodes). The series first aired on January 2, 2008.

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Episode 24
24. Episode 24
March 26, 2008
Chang Whe orders his troops to attack the Hwal Bin Dang, resulting in a final battle.
Episode 23
23. Episode 23
March 20, 2008
Gil Dong, Chang Whe, and Yi Nok adjust to their new roles after the successful palace takeover.
Episode 22
22. Episode 22
March 19, 2008
A showdown between the King and Gil Dong occurs within the palace walls as the Hwal Bin Dang attempts to takeover the palace.
Episode 21
21. Episode 21
March 12, 2008
As the King finds out that the sword might be fake, the Hwal Bin Dang plan to infiltrate the palace again.
Episode 20
20. Episode 20
March 6, 2008
Yi Nok attempts to live up to her new identity while the King is more motivated than ever to find Gil Dong and kill him.
Episode 19
19. Episode 19
March 5, 2008
With Yi Nok's true identity revealed, the King and Minister Hong try to find her and kill her.
Episode 18
18. Episode 18
February 28, 2008
The Hwal Bin Dang are accused of a number of murders so Gil Dong sets out to clear their name.
Episode 17
17. Episode 17
February 27, 2008
After Chang Whe is shot in the chest with a poisoned arrow, the Hwal Bin Dang try to find the antidote and save him.
Episode 16
16. Episode 16
February 21, 2008
Yi Nok joins Hwal Bin Dang and accompanies Gil Dong to infiltrate an opium den.
Episode 15
15. Episode 15
February 20, 2008
When Mal Nyeo is injured, Yi Nok takes her place in the plan to find and steal the sword from the king.
Episode 14
14. Episode 14
February 14, 2008
Chang Whe makes a deal with Gil Dong: he will help Gil Dong get his team of bandits back if Gil Dong retrieves his sword and fights his father.
Episode 13
13. Episode 13
February 13, 2008
Yi Nok and Gil Dong finally meet after his presumed death. Gil Dong tries to get Chang Whe to keep his identity concealed from his father.
Episode 12
12. Episode 12
February 7, 2008
Gil Dong attempts to save the girls while Yi Nok ponders the identity of her moonlit stranger.
Episode 11
11. Episode 11
February 6, 2008
While Gil Dong and the parents plan to rescue the girls, Yi Nok meets a dark stranger.
Episode 10
10. Episode 10
January 31, 2008
Gil Dong continues to search for the miscreants behind the prostitution operation.
Episode 9
9. Episode 9
January 30, 2008
One year later, Gil Dong discovers a new enemy to conquer and to fight in the name of justice.
Episode 8
8. Episode 8
January 24, 2008
Gil Dong, after getting shot, goes into hiding with the bandits and changes his life for the better.
Episode 7
7. Episode 7
January 23, 2008
After the failed attempt to storm the palace, Gil Dong attempts to find out why the sword is so important.
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
January 17, 2008
To get revenge on Chang Whe's merchant group, Gil Dong teams up with a group of bandits.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
January 16, 2008
Gil Dong finds out that he is being framed for the murder and searches for the real criminal.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
January 10, 2008
In Hyung's mother, in an attempt to bribe In Hyung's way through the exams, concoct a plan to get money that also involves Gil Dong.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
January 9, 2008
Since he missed the boat to China, Gil Dong makes his way back to the city and bumps into Yi Nok.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
January 3, 2008
As royal officials come after Yi Nok, the legendary thieves' moonlight staff lands in Gil Dong's hands.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
January 2, 2008
Gil Dong, the local martial arts prodigy, defeats Yi Nok in a street fight, and wins her as his wife.
Where to Watch Hong Gil Dong
Hong Gil Dong is available for streaming on the KBS2 website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Hong Gil Dong on demand at and Viki.
  • Premiere Date
    January 2, 2008
  • IMDB Rating
    7.2  (228)