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Mandate of Heaven: The Fugitive of Joseon

Title: 천명 : 조선판 도망자 이야기 / Mandate of Heaven: The Fugitive of Joseon
Chinese Title: 天命: 朝鮮版逃亡者故事
Also Known as: Heaven’s Order / Heaven’s Will
Genre: Historical, thriller, medical, melodrama, political
Episodes: 20
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2013-Apr-24 to 2013-June-27
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55


The Joseon version of a Chaser about a medical practitioner who struggles to save his daughter from a terminal illness while being caught up in a plot to poison King Injong.

Royal Physician Choi Won (Lee Dong Wook), who works for the royal family, becomes involved with the plot to poision King Injong and is now a fugitive. He tries to save his daughter Choi Rang (Kim Yoo Bin), who has an incurable disease. Choi Won has raised his daughter alone since his wife passed away. Hong Da In (Song Ji Hyo) is the nurse who’s in love with him.

Meanwhile, Lee Jung Hwan (Song Jong Ho ) is the Euigeumbu detective who’s the one to capture him and he get help from bandit’s daughter, So Baek (Yoon Jin Yi) while he is a fugitive. Crown Prince Lee Ho (Im Seul Ong) is the suspicious crown prince who ends up thinking he was betrayed by the one person he trusted in the world.


Main Cast

Lee Dong Wook as Choi Won
Kim Yoo Bin as Choi Rang
Song Ji Hyo as Hong Da In
Im Seul Ong as Crown Prince Lee Ho, later King In Jong
Park Ji Young as Queen Moon Jung
Song Jong Ho as Lee Jung Hwan
Yoon Jin Yi as So Baek

Choi Won’s family

Kang Byul as Choi Woo Young
Jang Yong Bok as Choi Chang Son
Go In Bum as Choi Hyung Goo
Yoo Chae Young as Geum Ok

Royal Medical Staff

Choi Phillip as Min Do Saeng
Kim Mi Kyung as Jang Geum

People on Lee Ho’s Side

Choi Il Hwa as King Joong Jong
Lee Jae Yong as Chun Bong

People on the Queen’s Side

Seo Dong Hyun as Grand Prince Kyung Won
Jun Gook Hwan as Kim Chi Yong
Lee Hee Do as Jang Hong Dal
Sung Woong as Do Moon
Jo Dal Hwan as Deok Pal
Kim Jung Kyoon as Yoon Won Hyung

Police Investigator (Ui Geum Boo Officer)

Kim Yoon Sung as Gon Oh

Bandit Group Heuk Suk Gol

Kwon Hyun Sang as Im Kkeok Jung
Lee Won Jong as Geo Chil
Park Sun Woo as Gae Pal Son

Other People

Yoon Gi Won as Mak Bong
Kim Hyung Bum as Pil Doo
Jung Yoon Sun as Wol Ha
Kim Dong Joon as Moo Myung
Yum Dong Hun as eunuch
Kim Jin Seo

Production Credits

Production Company: Dream E&M
Chief Producer: Moon Bo Hyun
Producer: Yoo Jong Sun
Director: Lee Jin Suh, Jun Woo Sung
Screenwriter: Choi Min Ki, Yoon Soo Jung


2013 KBS Drama Awards: Best Child Actress – Kim Yoo Bin (Mandate of Heaven)

Episode Ratings

    Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
2013-04-24 1 9.8 (10th) 10.1 (7th) 9.3 (10th) 9.8 (10th)
2013-04-25 2 9.9 (11th) 10.7 (8th) 8.9 (18th) 9.2 (18th)
2013-05-01 3 9.2 (14th) 9.8 (10th) 9.5 (9th) 10.1 (11th)
2013-05-02 4 9.9 (9th) 10.6 (8th) 9.9 (10th) 10.0 (12th)
2013-05-08 5 9.8 (9th) 9.6 (8th) 9.6 (9th) 10.2 (6th)
2013-05-09 6 9.3 (16th) 9.6 (15th) 9.4 (12th) 9.5 (14th)
2013-05-15 7 9.3 (12th) 9.9 (8th) 9.9 (7th) 10.2 (8th)
2013-05-16 8 9.5 (11th) 9.2 (11th) 8.7 (14th) 8.7 (16th)
2013-05-22 9 9.4 (10th) 10.0 (9th) 9.3 (12th) 9.8 (11th)
2013-05-23 10 9.8 (9th) 10.1 (8th) 9.0 (12th) 9.6 (11th)
2013-05-29 11 10.1 (10th) 10.5 (9th) 9.8 (11th) 10.1 (13th)
2013-05-30 12 9.3 (11th) 9.2 (14th) 8.7 (14th) 8.5 (15th)
2013-06-05 13 9.5 (9th) 9.6 (11th) 8.5 (12th) 8.3 (14th)
2013-06-06 14 7.9 (17th) 8.7 (17th) 9.3 (13th) 9.6 (14th)
2013-06-12 15 7.7 (20th) (<7.5) 8.0 (16th) 8.0 (17th)
2013-06-13 16 7.9 (17th) 8.5 (17th) 8.5 (14th) 8.1 (19th)
2013-06-19 17 (<7.1) (<7.5) 8.8 (11th) 9.0 (16th)
2013-06-20 18 7.4 (18th) 7.8 (20th) 8.9 (14th) 9.2 (14th)
2013-06-26 19 (<7.1) 7.4 (20th) 8.8 (13th) 9.1 (13th)
2013-06-27 20 8.5 (12th) 9.1 (12th) 9.6 (10th) 9.9 (10th)

Sources: TNmS Media Korea & AGB Nielsen Korea

*** Different between TNmS Media Korea & AGB Nielson – Here


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Official Site

Official Poster

8 Minutes Highlight

Trailer I & Trailer II

Watch Online in Viki.com


  1. 1 : rory Says:

    Finally..it’s out! I’ve been waiting for this drama..
    Gonna watch this..
    wow, so many saeguk drama this time rite..
    Mandate Of Heaven FIGHTING!!!

  2. 2 : mona Says:

    this will be greattt…

  3. 3 : Brenda S... Says:

    I’m going to watch this..

  4. 4 : eny Says:

    seem interesting

  5. 5 : eny Says:

    it seems interesting, should watch

  6. 6 : anna Says:

    lee dong wook in saeguk…i’m interested….

  7. 7 : MoMo Says:

    im waiting for this drama long time ago…so excited to see song ji hyo here…haha….
    runningman hwaiting!

  8. 8 : dinaz Says:

    Lee dong wook..gudluck dear..

  9. 9 : taraLuvJJ Says:

    I have bad memories of Song Ji Hyo bcoz Frozen Flower & Jackal is Coming movie.. I hope this drama can eraser that 😉

  10. 10 : Hehe Says:

    ahhhh! i cant wait to watch this drama, i have been waiting for long to watch this……..

  11. 11 : agasshiseben Says:

    definitely watching coz of LDW and SJH

  12. 12 : jihyeon Says:

    uwaaaa dong wook and jihyo!!! 😀
    been waiting this>.<~~~
    running mannnnn, letssss goo 😉 haha
    many historical drama upwards, but i'm looking forward of this beside jang ok jung, and gu family. 🙂
    LDW SJH fightinggggg~^^

  13. 13 : Says:

    seuloooong figthing..♥

  14. 14 : Says:

    seulooooong figthing..♥

  15. 15 : kimchi Says:

    lee dong wook and seulong first role in sageuk drama,,and of course the ace of running man song ji hyo!nomu nomu choa~FIGHTING!!^^

  16. 16 : FAaat Says:


  17. 17 : zhian Says:

    I want to see..

    and for everyone who want to watch kdrama with long episode


  18. 18 : Vea Says:

    Oooohhh. Dong Wook! I am glad your drama once again will be aired on KBS. I can’t wait to download this drama ><

  19. 19 : tera Says:

    i love the cast…..song ji hyo i’ll be watching it.

  20. 20 : Joyce Says:

    Wow!lots of sageuk dramas…just love it 🙂

  21. 21 : Tintin Says:

    I’m watching it bcoz the “ACE” will be in it! And of course LDW is soooooo cute!

  22. 22 : Kim Says:

    The same-age lead actor and actress!! Can’t wait to watching!

  23. 23 : ina Says:

    thats gonna be great…ill wait ts drama

  24. 24 : myeon Says:

    new drama again.. OH MY GOD

  25. 25 : Nee Agashi Says:

    Kyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa SONG JI HYO Drama!!!!
    LOVE the CAST very much ^^

  26. 26 : kang gary Says:

    Uri jiHyo start new drama… Mongji mongji, saranghae… Fighting!!!

  27. 27 : fateme Says:

    song ji hyo as a lead im diing here !

  28. 28 : Ttuk Says:

    I’m a fan of Ji Hyo and Dong Wook but I can’t imagine Blank Ji pulling off romance in a drama. She is sweet, but much too pensive.

    Dong Wook is not the romantic type either, so this is going to be pretty interesting :).

    I’m looking forward to this drama.

  29. 29 : Yozora Says:

    I’m a huge fan of Mong Ji in RM, i’ll be watching this Drama for sure! hoping for a good rating on the way! 😀

  30. 30 : hny Says:

    (^Ő^)… when it will air…..still long!!!

  31. 31 : TJ Aussie Says:

    @ Kang Gary – 26: Are you really Kang Gary from Running Man?
    Are you really Gaery inside MongJi’s heart (RM ep74 romance Monday couple)?
    Gaery, please come (Mandate of Heaven) onsite to support MongJi surprise her with Americano, as you did in RM ep 10 & 74. I wish could be in Soul to support Ji Hyo and watch her drama but I’m far away in Australia.
    Song Ji Hyo & Lee Dong Wook were working very well & good partner in RM ep 133 & 134, so their will be comfortable & work well in this drama.
    Hoping the best for this drama. SJH & LDW fighting!!!

  32. 32 : eny Says:

    my interest increase more after see trailer II

  33. 33 : Aga Says:

    very interesting drama!!
    Looking forward to watch it!!
    I love LDW & SJH…hope they act better…:-)

  34. 34 : janjao Says:

    I love both Lee dong wook and Song ji hyo, this drama look interesting. I hope all will be successful.

  35. 35 : TheOne Says:

    I’m looking forward towards this drama. The plot sounds great and the actors are all fantastic. I look forward to seeing Jihyo’s acting skills and am happy to see her take the role as a female lead. This drama sounds really interesting and is really different from all the others. It does not have a predictable ending like all the other dramas, but I guess the ones with predictable endings are the ones that receive high ratings and are very popular. I hope this drama turns out to be a success and I pray that they receive high ratings!


  36. 36 : kimchilee Says:

    I agree with Ttuk.. Ji Hyo’s pretty but her acting a bit pensive..as in Jumong..perhaps that’s her role requiring her to act that way. I hope the role she plays here will show her real acting skill. Anyway, am totally awed by all the casts here..good couple pairings.. can’t wait!

  37. 37 : lala Says:

    Jihyo unni, Fighting!!!!

  38. 38 : double II Says:

    i’m big fan of song ji hyo <3<3<3
    and i'm sure that i will not miss of this drama:)

  39. 39 : wazabi Says:

    the story line…seem to be boring…otoke?

  40. 40 : Jyenie Says:

    Wow, showing at same time and day as When The Man Loves and All About My Romance.

  41. 41 : haruhi28 Says:

    not so impressive ratings 🙁 why?

  42. 42 : daffodil Says:

    i really hope this drama will be a hit ^^

  43. 43 : MoMo Says:

    MongJi MongJi! hwaiting!

  44. 44 : Haaay Says:

    Tiring drama,chasing him is the climax of the story for a fugitive person there is no tomorrow only worst thing or death and what happened w/ the girl w/ incurable deassease off course die.

  45. 45 : eny Says:

    why the sub is so long?????how can i watch

  46. 46 : rory Says:

    I wonder why too..why it took so long?I’ve already downloaded at torrent but they said must wait for 2/3 weeks for the Eng subs..if that so, it’s better just wait it’s premieres on my country after Iris2 ended airing..hmmm…

  47. 47 : eny Says:

    i think i will give up this drama, why?????there’s no sub available, found ep 1 in dramaholic but episode 2 hard to acces

  48. 48 : eny Says:

    i tought this drama gonna be dark n thrilling, i never know that this drama is gonna be funny

  49. 49 : beyond Says:

    love the girl’s acting…she really very good …

  50. 50 : TheOne Says:

    You can watch this on gooddrama.net with eng subs!

  51. 51 : Chart of Joseon Kings and Related Sageuk Dramas | DramasROK Says:

    […] poisoned so that his half-brother could take the throne. Mandate of Heaven: The Fugitive of Joseon (KBS2 2013) is about a medical practitioner who gets caught up in the plot to poison the […]

  52. 52 : eny Says:

    i watch jang ok jung, when a man in love n mandate of heaven but this drama is the one i lke the most, this is thriller with fun, most thriller is seriouse n dark, this is a new thing

  53. 53 : taraJJ Says:

    woah I love Kim Junsu song “Foolish Heart” of the Mandate of Heaven OST, u can listen it on:

    Melon http://me2.do/55Yixpa3
    Mnet http://me2.do/52iZyCuT

  54. 54 : rory Says:

    yes! agree..Junsu’s voice is just..i can’t explain it..it’s so lovely!love the ost so much..
    just watched the 1st ep tonight..what can I say, I love it so much! it’s easy to understand, I can feel their emotion, sad, happy, thrilled & Ji hyo is really pretty here..no, she always pretty actually 😀
    will looking forward for the next ep…

  55. 55 : Carmen Says:

    In this drama I start to see it last night and those Queen use “princess Lea from starwar, Hair stile, OMG, it is a compoetition of the biger hair du’…..it is so ugly OMG

  56. 56 : Miss Leaf Says:

    My first impression when i watch the trailer, OMG! why Lee dong wook choose this drama! i do not like trailer drama, i like romance comedy drama. But after i watch episode 1, i am start thinking this drama is interesting, i want to watch the 2nd episode, now i am waiting for episode 3…. i like this drama..

  57. 57 : taraJJ Says:

    hehe Junsu’s song make me want to watch this drama.. I don’t like Song Ji Hyo actually even she close with JYJ but I find her in this drama look beautiful and her acting its quite good too

  58. 58 : dora Says:

    SJH i like you in RM, but seems this character not quite suit you

  59. 59 : rory Says:

    haha..becoz of Junsu..see, junsu yah..this is junsu effect! I’m okay with Ji Hyo, love her so much in Running Man..the way she carried herself with those naughty boys, I respect her!
    For me, I still prefer she acted badass or being a hateful person like in Goong & wishing stairs..
    But still, she’s quite okay here..She looks so pretty & sweet wearing that hanbook + i love this drama plot..The cliffhanger in ep 2, my god..I can’t wait for ep.3..too bad, the subs come out really late at torrents..sigh!

  60. 60 : taraJJ Says:

    yes its hard to find this drama with proper eng sub for me.. I haven’t see this drama yet, just saw the trailer and 8 minutes highlight… its sound heavy drama ya.. maybe I watched it later cz now I’m soo addicted with AAMR hehe

  61. 61 : rory Says:

    yes, it’s quite thrilled & heavy but still there’s some sense of humor scenes so I enjoyed watching this more than JOJ but I love JOJ too..
    the feeling is same when u watched IMY, it’s a dark melodrama but still have a humor scenes so it’s mixed feeling when watching this..
    So I love it so far 😀

  62. 62 : VEE Says:

    nice drama

  63. 63 : VEE Says:

    love ji hyo……..

  64. 64 : saraSJS Says:

    This is a nice drama. I’m not surprised by ratings. It sometimes happens to good dramas. The story is fresh. Filming style reminds me of PM and the acting is great. The little girl’s acting skills are amazing. I don’t know how she can show the feelings she’s never experienced in her short life. Also watching LDW as a dad is enjoyable. Recommended.

  65. 65 : eny Says:

    i love this drama, this is the best drama airing now

  66. 66 : annmasae Says:

    Great drama. Hope more people watch it. The little girl in the drama has stolen my heart!!! Hope her illness is cured by the ending.

  67. 67 : taylormj Says:

    Song Ji Hyo really likes to chose role’s in historical dramas. ^^

  68. 68 : John k Says:

    Top ten worst drama. That kid is getting annoying now. Just plain stupid!!

  69. 69 : eny Says:

    thriller always getting lower than another genre, not surprise, this kind of genre isn’t everybody favorite

  70. 70 : Sue Says:

    @John k I wish u could open your eyes a bit and appreciate the drama. The little girl is excellent and the tomboy Seobkal leaves me in stitches when describing her feelings for horse doctor. The plot and the actors all good.

  71. 71 : awesomemicaela Says:

    Hey guys, should I watch this? Are there any sad parts?

  72. 72 : elsie Says:

    This is a great drama. Have watched till ep 16 already. Lee dong wok and Song jihyo are great as a couple…..hope it will have a happy ending for them. Recommended everyone to watch.

  73. 73 : elsie Says:

    to awesomemicaela, Yes you should watch it. There are many sad moments and towards ep 15 onwards, when Lee dong wok and Song jihyo are together, they have cute moments too. Just sweet.

  74. 74 : Re Says:

    I love this drama……

  75. 75 : Re Says:

    I think this is the most talented drama…….the actor And actress can bring their role …their Are excellent…….Ogos job….i hope song ji Ho And. Leeya dong wook can act together in other drama…….;)

  76. 76 : Gretz16 Says:

    So far, of all the dramas im watching right now, this is one of my top list. I love Lee Dong Wook , and i like Red Demon, character Lee Jung Hwan..

  77. 77 : bluebias2206 Says:

    kkyaaa~ i really love this drama…especially song jong ho oppa…he looks really handsome in that sageuk outfit and i think those outfit fit him better than tuxedo..keke…really outstanding character and to Kang Byul unnie (Choi Woo Young), i really envy u can pair up with handsome song jong ho appa….
    anyway,good story line…

  78. 78 : aizuri Says:

    i dont know why this drama has a low rating, its one of the drama of my list of top drama, so many awesome characters, u will loved all the good guys and there alot of them!

    bromance, push-and pull, sweet and noble romance all in. it has lot of depth in the story telling, in fact, the story that surround the main cast character is so interesting you will fall head over heels.

    And Song Jong Ho is just so smexy in Josean police attire, its worth watching this drama for him.

  79. 79 : afeqa ahmad Says:

    Hey!!! I’m from Malaysia.. I love this drama but I cannot watch this drama with full episode on YouTube??? Why only 10 minute??? The past episode should be full episode with english subtitle.. Hope I can watch this drama with full episode with English subtitle (;

  80. 80 : Vivi Piris Says:

    love this drama..good job for Lee Dong Wok, Song Ji HYo, SOng Jo Ho….keep the fighting spirit guys..

  81. 81 : larry f Says:

    Aloha from Hawaii! Just saw episodes 8 & 9 this week in Honolulu. Fabulous movie. I need to find out where I can view episodes 1 to 7 to get me caught up in this great drama! The acting and writing is superb!

  82. 82 : cuity17 Says:

    How’s the ending?? It’s worth watching kah?? ;D

  83. 83 : angelamiles Says:

    larry f and afeqa google it you can find many sites to watch this drama…wow i thought im the only one who love all the characters in this drama…

  84. 84 : eny Says:

    you can watch in http://www.dramacrazy.net

  85. 85 : fransiska Says:

    i love this drama much….:)

  86. 86 : Dae Jang Geum’s King Jungjong | DramasROK Says:

    […] take the throne instead. This idea is suggested in Dae Jang Geum but we’ll have to watch Mandate of Heaven: The Fugitive of Joseon (KBS2 2013) to watch the alleged plot to poison the king. I haven’t seen this drama yet […]

  87. 87 : blue star Says:

    I enjoy this drama very much. There are the awesome actors, exiting scenes and impressive scenes in this drama. Highly recommended for watching. Love Lee dong wook and Song Ji hyo so much.

  88. 88 : Josefina Says:

    Favor subir Mandate of Heaven

  89. 89 : puffins Says:

    This is one of the few period drama which i follow thru and completed watching the show.

    The lead actor/actress plus the child actor / actress were great! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  90. 90 : onahigwebuike Says:

    i haven’t watch this drama called mandate of heaven.I guess i wil do that soon.

  91. 91 : carause Says:

    no kissing scene????

  92. 92 : Nadege Says:

    Where can I see this drama online? Please share

  93. 93 : Nadege Says:

    Never mind, watching it now

  94. 94 : CH Says:

    Cannot stand the Queen!!

  95. 95 : Mid Joseon Kings in Sageuk Drama (1494 – 1649) YEONSANGUN to KING INJO | Says:

    […] with the help of the film King and the Clown (2005), and the dramas Dae Jang Geum (MBC 2003), Mandate of Heaven: The Fugitive of Joseon (KBS 2013) Heojun (MBC 2000), Jung Yi: Goddess of Fire (MBC 2013), and War of Flowers (JTBC […]

  96. 96 : Sobaloju Says:

    What site can I download this from,I’m in Nigeria

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