THE RETURN OF ILJIMAE

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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

 

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