THE RETURN OF ILJIMAE

the-return-of-iljimae

Title:  The Return of Iljimae / Dolanon Iljimae /  Iljimae Returns
Previously known as : Iljimae
Based on: Comic by Ko Young Woo
Production Company: Group Eight
Director: Hwang In Roe & Kim Soo Young
Writer: Kim Kwang Sik & Do Young Myung
Episodes: 24
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: January 21, 2009 to 2009-Apr-09
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55

Synopsis 

The story is about a man fighting against the selfish and corrupt government to save the ordinary peasants. Iljimae was abandoned by his birth father and adopted by a Chinese couple. He returns to Korea to find his birth family and realizes how unjust the world really is. He watched as his first love, Dal Yi, was wrongfully put to death. Iljimae then vows to help the commoners from the corrupt government officials.

Main Cast 

Jung Il Woo as Il Ji Mae
Yoon Jin Seo as Dal Yi / Wal Hee
Kim Min Jong as Goo Ja Myeong
Jung Hye Young as Baek Mae

Extended Cast
Lee Kye In as Jeol Chi
Park Geun Hyung as Kim Ja Jeom
Park Chul Min as Wang Hyeong Bo
Oh Young Soo as Monk Yeol Gong
Kang Nam Gil as Bae Seon Dal
Kim Yoo Hyun as Princess Mo Ran
Lee Hyun Woo as Cha Dol Yi
Sandara Park as Rie
Jun Soo Yeon as Soo Ryun
Lee Ho Jae as Kim Joong Hwan (Iljimae’s biological father)
Jung Joon as Kim Joon Seo (Iljimae’s half brother)
Seo Hye Won as Choon Wol
Hwang Jung Ri as Miyamoto Musashi
Harisu as Ki Seon Nyeo
Kwak Min Suk as Cham Mo
Kim Min Ha as Soon Yi
Noh Tae Yub as kid
Yoon Yoo Sun
Park Chan Hwan
Lee Ga Hyun
Jun Hae Ryong
Park Kwi Soon
Lee Jung Sung
Jung Yoo Chan
Choi Suk Jin

 

Official website

Watch  ” The Return of Iljimae ” online with English subtitle

Watch  ” The Return of Iljimae ” online with English subtitle

Notes

- Both MBC & SBS will air their own version of Iljimae in 2008 & 2009.
– MBC has the copyrights to the original comic book.
– The director of this drama is Hwang In Roe, who directed both Goong and Goong S.
– The title was changed from “Iljimae” to “The Return of Iljimae” to avoid confusion with the SBS version.
– Drama will be filmed in Japan.

Ratings

Date

Episode

Nationwide

Seoul

2009/01/21

1

18.5 (4th)

20.1 (3rd)

2009/01/22

2

17.1 (4th)

18.4 (3rd)

2009/01/28

3

16.6 (5th)

17.1 (4th)

2009/01/29

4

15.1 (5th)

15.6 (6th)

2009/02/04

5

13.7 (9th)

13.7 (11th)

2009/02/05

6

15.3 (10th)

15.2 (9th)

2009/02/11

7

10.7 (11th)

11.5 (9th)

2009/02/12

8

13.1 (10th)

14.1 (10th)

2009/02/18

9

10.0 (13th)

10.6 (12th)

2009/02/19

10

11.0 (11th)

12.1 (11th)

2009/02/25

11

10.8 (11th)

11.6 (11th)

2009/02/26

12

10.5 (12th)

10.5 (13th)

2009/03/04

13

8.9

9.4 (16th)

2009/03/05

14

9.1 (16th)

9.7 (14th)

2009/03/11

15

8.1 (20th)

8.2 (18th)

2009/03/12

16

7.6

(<8.4)

2009/03/18

17

8.7 (19th)

8.8 (17th)

2009/03/19

18

8.5

8.7 (19th)

2009/03/25

19

6.9

(<8.0)

2009/03/26

20

8.5

8.7 (19th)

2009/04/01

21

7.8

8.5 (16th)

2009/04/02

22

8.2

8.8 (17th)

2009/04/08

23

-

-

2009/04/09

24

-

-

 

  1. tncdel
    January 30th, 2010 at 03:06 | #1

    This was a good series. In some ways it was superior to Iljimae 2008, because that series failed to give as much history on Iljimae, etc. But I don’t know what possessed the casting department, to choose Yoon Jin Seo to play the role of Iljimae’s beloved.

    Iljimae, as portrayed, was a “pretty boy” who girls were crazy about. Surely if he had the picks available to him, he wouldn’t have chosen someone as plain looking as Yoon Jin Seo. Her appearance is better-suited for playing maid roles or nondescript secondary characters lending support to a central actor or actress. But not as a co-star.

    When watching this series, it was easy to see there was no physical chemistry going on between her and Woo, who portrayed Iljimae. And I couldn’t help thinking that Woo must have been greatly disappointed when he learned who his co-star would be. No doubt in real-life she wouldn’t dare dream of engaging the interest of someone who looks like Woo. It was almost to the point of being a bad joke being told over and over again.

    I’ve watched dozens of Korean dramas over the years. And, particularly for historical dramas requiring plenty of martial arts action, such as this series, it seems that sometimes a person’s looks are relatively unimportant when that person makes up for lack of looks by having an exceptional athletic ability to perform the martial arts scenes, or at least great acting skills.

    But Yoon Jin Seo exhibited no athletic ability, and her acting skills were well below the norm for Korean co-stars.

    Woo impressed me for his body-speed when executing leg kicks, etc. No other Korean male actor I’ve seen moved as quickly.

    Overall the acting was good. And the script was more suited to a historical drama than the 2008 Iljimae. And more consistently interesting than the 2008 series, which took about the first 4 discs before Iljimae started “finding his groove,” so to speak. The 1993 Iljimae seems a bit amateurish by comparison to either the 2009 or 2008 series about Iljimae, but it’s worth a look, if you haven’t seen it yet.

  2. June 15th, 2009 at 01:49 | #2

    The best information i have found exactly here. Keep going Thank you

  3. February 13th, 2009 at 21:10 | #3

    Hello, I can’t understand how to add your blog ( allkoreandrama.com ) in my rss reader
    ————————
    signature: http://hixoh.ru/

    • riri
      February 14th, 2009 at 12:10 | #4

      you can click on ” Subscribe in a reader ” link

  4. February 13th, 2009 at 19:36 | #5

    allkoreandrama.com – cool sitename man)))
    ————————
    internet signature: http://hixoh.ru/

  5. January 19th, 2009 at 10:33 | #6

    I think you are thinking like sukrat, but I think you should cover the other side of the topic in the post too…

  6. January 17th, 2009 at 06:59 | #7

    I am amazed with it. It is a good thing for my research. Thanks

  7. effie
    January 13th, 2009 at 07:22 | #8

    Does the story same with Lee Jun Ki’s Iljimae?

  1. No trackbacks yet.

Jasa Pembuat Website