Hong Gil-dong (TV series)

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Hong Gil-dong
Hong Gil-dong-poster.jpg
Promotional poster for Hong Gil-dong
Genre Period drama
Format Television drama
Written by Hong Jung-eun
Hong Mi-ran
Starring Kang Ji-hwan
Sung Yu-ri
Jang Keun-suk
Kim Ri-na
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 24
Producer(s) Lee Jung-sub
Location(s) Korea
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 60 minutes on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 (KST)
Original channel Korean Broadcasting System
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original run 2 January 2008 (2008-01-02) – 26 March 2008 (2008-03-26)
Preceded by In-soon Is Pretty
Followed by One Mom and Three Dads
External links
Hong Gil-dong
Revised Romanization Gwaedo Hong Gil-dong
McCune–Reischauer K'waedo Hong Kildong

Hong Gil-dong (쾌도 홍길동; literally "Fast sword Hong Gil-dong") is a 2008 South Korean television series starring Kang Ji-hwan in the title role, Sung Yu-ri, Jang Keun-suk and Kim Ri-na. The drama is loosely based on Hong Gil-dong, a fictional book about a Robin Hood during Korea's Joseon Dynasty, but with modern influences and comedic tones. It aired on KBS2 from January 2 to March 26, 2008 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 24 episodes.[1][2]


Hong Gil-dong is the illegitimate son of a minister. He is very bright and smart, however was told that he could not accomplish anything in this world, due to his illegitimate status. Thus he grew up spending most of his time being lazy and causing trouble for the people around him. However, a local monk thinks he is destined to be much more, and has taught Gil-dong martial arts. As the series progresses, Gil-dong realizes the severity of the injustices of the ranked world, and starts to fight against these injustices, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor.

Heo Yi-nok is an upbeat, naive and carefree girl. At the beginning of the series, she arrives from China with her grandfather, who has raised her. She meets and befriends Gil-dong. Yi-nok has a past she is unaware of: she does not know her grandfather is not her blood-related grandfather, and that her real parents were murdered. She eventually develops feelings for Gil-dong, who reciprocates her feelings.

Lee Chang-hwi also has arrived in Korea from China at the beginning of the series. He seems cold and calculating, as he also has a dark past in which his older brother, the current king of Joseon, tried to murder him. Chang-hwi is planning a revolution, in which he tries to overthrow the king and takes his place as, he believes, the rightful king of Joseon. He coincidentally bumps into both Gil-dong and Yi-nok. Both Gil-dong and Yi-nok help Chang-hwi realize what it takes to become a good king. He forges an alliance with Gil-dong and develops feelings for Yi-nok.

As the question of rightful succession comes into play, Gil-dong and Yi-nok are forced to take sides, all the while having to deal with their own personal problems: their love, Gil-dong with his father issues, Yi-nok with her murdered parents and their revenge.


  • Kang Ji-hwan as Hong Gil-dong
  • Sung Yu-ri as Heo Yi-nok
  • Jang Keun-suk as Lee Chang-hwi
  • Kim Ri-na as Seo Eun-hye
  • Kim Jae-seung as Hong In-hyeong, Hong Gil-dong's half-brother
  • Gil Yong-woo as Minister Hong, Hong Gil-dong's father
  • Choi Ran as Lady Noh
  • In Sung as Chi Soo, Lee Chang-hwi's personal guard
  • Jung Kyu-soo as Heo Noh-in
  • Jo Hee-bong as Gwanghae, the King
  • Ahn Suk-hwan


Date Episode Nationwide Seoul
2008-01-02 1 16.2% (6th) 15.9% (6th)
2008-01-03 2 15.3% (7th) 15.0% (7th)
2008-01-09 3 14.9% (6th) 14.8% (7th)
2008-01-10 4 16.2% (7th) 15.7% (7th)
2008-01-16 5 14.5% (8th) 14.2% (8th)
2008-01-17 6 15.8% (8th) 16.1% (9th)
2008-01-23 7 13.9% (9th) 13.1% (10th)
2008-01-24 8 17.0% (8th) 16.8% (8th)
2008-01-30 9 15.7% (7th) 15.3% (8th)
2008-01-31 10 15.6% (8th) 15.1% (8th)
2008-02-06 11 14.8% (6th) 14.3% (6th)
2008-02-07 12 8.5% (15th) 8.5% (15th)
2008-02-13 13 14.0% (9th) 14.2% (9th)
2008-02-14 14 14.8% (9th) 14.9% (9th)
2008-02-20 15 13.4% (10th) 13.2% (11th)
2008-02-21 16 13.2% (9th) 13.3% (9th)
2008-02-27 17 13.6% (8th) 13.1% (8th)
2008-02-28 18 14.3% (9th) 14.0% (10th)
2008-03-05 19 15.4% (6th) 15.3% (6th)
2008-03-06 20 16.0% (7th) 16.0% (8th)
2008-03-12 21 14.5% (6th) 14.6% (6th)
2008-03-19 22 14.5% (6th) 14.4% (6th)
2008-03-20 23 14.2% (8th) 14.4% (7th)
2008-03-26 24 13.8% (8th) 14.5% (8th)
Average 14.6% 14.4%

Source: TNS Media Korea


2008 Mnet Asian Music Awards

2008 44th Baeksang Arts Awards

2008 Roma Fiction Fest[4]

  • Best Television Product, Miniseries category

2008 KBS Drama Awards

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Oh, Jean (7 January 2008). "New KBS drama takes fusion to extremes". The Korea Herald via Hancinema. Retrieved 2013-08-23. 
  2. ^ Kwon, Mee-yoo (1 January 2008). "Epic Dramas Continues to Boom This Year". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-08-23. 
  3. ^ "2008 M.net Korean Music Festival Winners list". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-06-12.
  4. ^ Han, Sang-hee (13 July 2008). "KBS Drama Wins Award From Roma Fiction Fest". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-08-23. 

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