Song of the Bandits

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Song of the Bandits
Promotional poster
Hangul
도적: 칼의 소리
Hanja
盜賊: 칼의 소리
Literal meaningThief: Sound of the Sword
Revised RomanizationDojeok: Kar-ui sori
McCune–ReischauerTojŏk: k'arŭi sori
Genre
Created byNetflix
Developed byStudio Dragon (production planning)[2]
Written byHan Jung-hoon[2]
Directed by
  • Hwang Jun-hyeok[2]
  • Park Hyun-suk
Starring
Music byKim Jang-woo
Opening theme"Bandit"
by Taeil
Country of originSouth Korea
Original languageKorean
No. of episodes9
Production
Executive producers
  • Kim Ryoon-hee (C.P.)
  • Kim Na-kyung
  • Cho Youn-hee
Producers
  • Kim Jey-hyun
  • Lee Ki-hyuk
  • Huh Gun
  • Choi Ho-sung
Camera setupMulti camera
Running time48–69 minutes
Production companies
Budget₩30 billion[3]
Original release
NetworkNetflix
ReleaseSeptember 22, 2023 (2023-09-22)

Song of the Bandits (Korean도적: 칼의 소리) is a 2023 South Korean streaming television series directed by Hwang Jun-hyeok, written by Han Jeong-hoon, and starring Kim Nam-gil, Seohyun, Yoo Jae-myung, Lee Hyun-wook, and Lee Ho-jung.[2][4] It was released on Netflix on September 22, 2023.[5][6]

Synopsis[edit]

Set in 1920s, during the turbulent period of Japanese occupation, following the disbanding of the Korean military and police and other repressions (which followed the Japan–Korea Treaty of 1905), many people of Joseon fled across the Tumen River to Gando, a part of China (Qing), some to make a living and others to form righteous armies, and fight for independence for Korea. This is a tale where those who head to Gando, a land of lawlessness, unite as one to protect the homeland of the Koreans. The story is a prelude to the Gando massacre.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

A former Japanese soldier who left for Gando, leaving everything behind and became a bandit to protect the land and people.
An independence activist working as the head of the Railway Bureau of the Japanese Government-General of Korea. She has hidden her true allegiance.
A landowner of a Korean village located in Gando who is an independence activist.
A major of the 37th Infantry Regiment of the 19th Division of the Imperial Japanese Empire who gets entangled with Yoon in a terrible relationship.
A contract killer who goes to Gando after being commissioned to murder Yoon.

Supporting[edit]

People around Lee Yoon[edit]

  • Lee Jae-gyun as Chorang-i[11]
A member of the bandits.
  • Kim Do-yoon as Kang San-gun[12]
A member of the bandits.
  • Cha Yeop as Geum-so[12]
A member of the bandits.

Others[edit]

  • Kim Seol-jin as Kimura[14]
Jang Ki-ryong's subordinate.
A Japanese soldier and subordinate of Lee Gwang-il.
  • Park Sang-won as Ishida[16]
A Japanese soldier of the 19th division and subordinate of Lee Gwang-il.
  • Han Gyu-won as Jang Ki-ryong[17]
A leader bandit of North Gando who harasses the independence army under the protection of the Japanese military.
  • Kim Min as Jin-san[18]
A member of the bandit group who is Jang Ki-ryong's subordinate.
  • Park Gwang-jae as Heuk-dong[19]
A member of the bandit group who is Jang Ki-ryong's subordinate.

Production[edit]

In August 2022, filming of the series was suspended due to heavy rain.[20] Filming ended on February 2, 2023.[21]

Original soundtrack[edit]

The original soundtrack for Song of the Bandits was released digitally on September 22, 2023.[22][23] It includes five English-language songs by Taeil (of NCT), Seori, Karina (of Aespa), and Jeonghum Band.[24]

Song of the Bandits OST
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
Released2023
GenreSoundtrack
LanguageEnglish
Label
Track listing
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Bandit"
  • Jay Kim
  • Kim Beom-ju
  • Kim Si-hyeok
  • Jay Kim
  • Kim Beom-ju
  • Kim Si-hyeok
Taeil (NCT)3:23
2."Hitman"
  • Jay Kim
  • Kim Beom-ju
  • Kim Si-hyeok
  • Nam Gi-moon
  • Jay Kim
  • Kim Beom-ju
  • Kim Si-hyeok
  • Nam Gi-moon
Seori3:42
3."Sad Hitman"
  • Jay Kim
  • Kim Beom-ju
  • Kim Si-hyeok
  • Jay Kim
  • Kim Beom-ju
  • Kim Si-hyeok
Seori4:02
4."Sad Waltz"Jay Kim
  • Jung Min-kyung
  • Hwang Myeong-heum
Karina (Aespa)3:49
5."I'm Leaving"Jay Kim
  • Jung Min-kyung
  • Hwang Myeong-heum
Jeonghum Band3:23
Total length:18:19

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