Set during the Joseon Dynasty, Yong 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. After each robbery he left behind a painting depicting a plum tree branch to make his mark and was thus named Iljimae. His main purpose was not so much to rob but to search for the owner of a specially designed sword which he saw as a child was used to kill his father, a loyal subject of the emperor. Eun Chae is a government official's daughter who despite her upbringing has a lot of empathy towards the poor. She met Iljimae by chance and couldn't help admiring him for what he stood for even though she had never seen his face.

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  • May 28, 2011 20 of 20 episodes seen
    30 of 41 people found this review helpful
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    • Overall  10
    • Story  10
    • Acting/Cast  10
    • Music  10
    • Rewatch Value  10
    Iljimae kept me on my toes. I thought of the main character as a playboy but he turned out to very smart. He understood so much more than he let on. I wounder how many times some1 has to be hit in the head to get their memory back. I think that the King in the story had some kind of disorder that made him so paranoid. The Megalomaniac behavior he displayed was over shadowed by his paranoid state of mind. "They r all out to get me" leads to desperate behavior. Watch this drama u will not be disappointed.
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  • Apr 3, 2012 20 of 20 episodes seen
    25 of 40 people found this review helpful
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    • Overall  7
    • Story  9
    • Acting/Cast  10
    • Music  8
    • Rewatch Value  6
    The story and actors are great, but it wasn't a great drama.
    Probably because the plot isn't well developed. There are gaps in story telling that are never fixed.

    The story itself took about 4 episodes to warm up. From then on, it was definitely entertaining to watch. Once Iljimae appears, things become exciting and fun. Everything about the character of Iljimae is very interesting- his adventures as Iljimae, his life as Gyeom and Yong, and the people in his life.

    And it would have been great, if only for the blunt and inconclusive ending. Perhaps it is due to lack of time? but the last episode ends like a recap of the first episode, without adding any explanation on what happened or why the characters
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Comments (105)

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  • rainecat 20 days ago
    I really liked this. But I'm not sure if it's because this was the 3rd drama I've ever watched. Years ago.

    Lee Jun Ki is beautiful though. :)
    1 ❤
  • Mica Dec 25, 2013
    I liked drama and Lee Jun Ki is amazing actor. :))
    7 ❤
  • Mih0 Dec 9, 2013
    After i watching Jang Geuk Suk,I want to watch Lee Jun Ki,,,My fav artist,,,
    3 ❤
  • Ashrifah Nov 5, 2013
    I miss the funny character of Yong!!!!The same as the Brave Iljimae!!!
    5 ❤
  • sunflower63 Oct 4, 2013
    I am so glad I came across this saeguk thanks to a recommendation of a friend. I really enjoyed this this story which reminded me vaguely of Robin Hood but in a much more sophisticated and elaborated version. It was the first time for me to see the great acting talent of Lee Jun Ki and I will certainly watch more of his dramas in the future. I also appreciated Park Shi Hoo's character which didn't have as much emphasis in the drama as that of Iljimae himself but was nevertheless also outstanding.
    3 ❤
  • ArabianBeauty Oct 2, 2013
    Highly recommend watching this drama ! if you're into bad-ass fighting, romance (although it is not the main-focus),good developed story, funny moments & great acting :)
    5 ❤
  • ArabianBeauty Oct 2, 2013
    freaking awesome drama ! the story was well developed and I don't know why so many people think iljimae died... He clearly did not die, a Robin hood-Hero does not die ;) At the end there is this old man with the two shoes, and the king worying & so many clues that refer to him not dying ( besides there is a clear personal review if you look into the episode guide from some one explaining all her thoughts on the last episode)
    2 ❤
  • gingermoon Sep 20, 2013
    I didn't expected it to be so good! Good thing I decided to watch it. If only it had more episodes... God,I love it!
    2 ❤
  • wolfgirl9 Sep 3, 2013
    can someone please tell me why does this have such a high rating? i'm on ep 9 and still waiting to be entertained!
    • smc Sep 8, 2013
      but I was entertained from the first episode..
      and the ending was so great since you couldn't understand whether he is alive or not (but I think he died)
      this is one of the best hero stories I have ever seen because it shows the progress of a normal person to a hero..
      6 ❤
    • smc Sep 8, 2013
      but I was entertained from the first episode..
      and the ending was so great since you couldn't understand whether he is alive or not (but I think he died)
      this is one of the best hero stories I have ever seen because it shows the progress of a normal person to a hero..
      2 ❤
    • Betty20 Oct 15, 2013
      Also it's a matter of personal preference. Not everybody likes the same things and that's ok. It's ok if you don't like it. It happens to me all the time, not liking a drama the majority love. As for Iljimae I loved it from beginning to end and I am considering re-watching it! :)
      5 ❤
  • KimWanHee Aug 23, 2013
    Okay, I watched like 3 episodes...and I already have enough of beating the main lead up until he is all bloody...seriously...I hope this stops soon...^^except for that, great drama^^
  • KimWanHee Aug 22, 2013
    Can someone tell me where to watch this? I can't watch it on viki beacuse it's not available in my region...TT_TT
  • Ashrifah Aug 3, 2013
    IlJimae is one of the best Drama....Lee Jun Ki Is Excellent...
    6 ❤
  • FatPanda Aug 1, 2013
    This drama is so good! I don't want to finish it because It's just so dang gooooooood. I can't even explain how much I like it or why I don't want to finish it. There's just something about this drama that I can't get over with. Urgh I wish Lee Jun Ki was the main role in "The return of Iljimae" :(
    6 ❤
  • vanni Jul 16, 2013
    a drama that make me fall in love with junki
    7 ❤
  • Reina Jul 4, 2013
    Love love love this! <3
    3 ❤





  • Main Title: Iljimae
  • Native title: 일지매 (一枝梅)

General Details

  • CountrySouth Korea
  • Aired: May 21, 2008 to July 24, 2008
  • # of Episodes 20
    Average Duration 1 hr. 3 min. per episode
  • Genres: Historical, Romance, Drama


  • Score: 8.49 (scored by 3,035 users)
  • Ranked: #50
  • Popularity: #117
  • Members: 5,869
  • Favorites: 0
4.2 stars - based on 3,035 votes

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