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Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People

Title: 역적:백성을 훔친 도적 / Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People
Chinese Title: 逆賊:偷百姓的盜賊
Previously Known as: 역적 홍길동 / Rebel Hong Gil Dong
Genre: Historical, Melodrama
Episodes: 30
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: 2017-Jan-30 to 2017-May-16
Air time: Monday & Tuesday 22:00


Set during the reign of famous tyrant King Yeonsangun, it tells the story of Hong Gil Dong (Yoon Kyun Sang), the illegitimate son of a nobleman who stole from the rich and gave to the poor, and his journey in becoming Joseon’s first revolutionary activist.


Main Cast

Yoon Kyun Sang as Hong Gil Dong
Lee Ro Woon as Hong Gil Dong (young)
Chae Soo Bin as Song Ga Ryung
Kim Ji Suk as King Yeonsangun / Lee Young
Lee Ha Nui as Jang Nok Soo

Hong Family

Kim Sang Joong as Hong Amogae (Hong Gil Dong’s father)
Shim Hee Sub as Hong Gil Hyun
Lee Do Hyun as Hong Gil Hyun (Child)
Shin Eun Jung as Geum Ok (Hong Gil Dong’s Mother)
Lee Soo Min as Hong Uh Ri Ni / Sang Hwa
– Jung Soo In (정수인) as Hong Uh Ri Ni (child)


Lee Joon Hyuk as Yonggae
Park Joon Gyu as Soboori
Heo Jung Do as Monk Bubryang
Kim Do Yoon as Segul
Lee Ho Chul as Kkeus-soe
Lee Myung Hoon as Eobsan
Jo Hyun Do as Eobsan (young)

Jo Family

Son Jong Hak as Nobleman Jo
Seo Yi Sook as Nobleman Jo’s wife
Park Eun Suk as Soo Hak
Kim Ye Joon as Soo Hak (child)


Kim Jung Tae as Lee Jung / Prince Chungwon
Kim Byung Ok as Eomjachi
Kwon Hyuk Soo as Mo Ri
Ahn Nae Sang as Song Do Hwan
Kim Tae Han as Heo Tae Hak
Kim Jung Hyun as Mori
Park Soo Young as Kim Ja Won (Eunuch)
Hwang Suk Jung as Wolhamae
Kim Byung Choon as suno manseog
Kim Kyung Ryong as eobsan-abi
Kim Hee Jung as Gisaeng
Jin Ye Sol as Gisaeng
Jung Da Bin as Ok Ran
Go In Bum as Lord Jo’s uncle
Kim Jong Goo
Kim Kwang Hyun as government army commander
Choi Dae Chul as Park Won Jong
Seo Kwang Jae
Song Ji Hyun
Kim Yong Woon
Park Ji Ah
Son Gun Woo as Sung Hee An
Shim Eun Woo as female shaman
Yoo Ha Bok
Lee Soon Won
Kim Jung Hak as Magistrate Kang
Moon Sook as Queen Insu Han

Production Credits

Chief Producer: Lee Joo Hwan
Directors: Kim Jin Man, Jin Chang Kyu
Screenwriter: Hwang Jin Young


Nam Goong Min & Ji Sung were first offered the lead role, but declined.


2017 MBC Drama Awards: Writer of the Year – Hwang Jin Young (Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People)
2017 MBC Drama Awards: Best Child Acting Awards – Lee Ro Woon (Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People)
2017 MBC Drama Awards: Best New Actor – Kim Jung Hyun (Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People)
2017 MBC Drama Awards: Golden Acting Actress (Mon-Tue Drama) – Seo Yi Sook (Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People)
2017 MBC Drama Awards: Excellence Actress (Mon-Tue Drama) – Chae Soo Bin (Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People)
2017 MBC Drama Awards: Top Excellence Actress (Mon-Tue Drama) – Lee Ha Nui (Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People)
2017 MBC Drama Awards: Drama of the Year – Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People
2017 MBC Drama Awards: Daesang – Kim Sang Joong (Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People)
2017 1st The Seoul Awards: Best Supporting Actress – Lee Ha Nui (Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People)

Episode Ratings

    Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
2017-01-30 1 8.3 (20th) 8.2 (17th) 8.9 9.1 (16th)
2017-01-31 2 8.4 (17th) 9.3 (8th) 10.0 (8th) 10.2 (6th)
2017-02-06 3 9.9 (12th) 11.3 (5th) 10.5 (7th) 10.8 (5th)
2017-02-07 4 11.4 (7th) 12.5 (5th) 12.3 (5th) 12.3 (5th)
2017-02-13 5 9.8 (11th) 11.8 (5th) 10.7 (7th) 10.9 (6th)
2017-02-14 6 9.1 (10th) 10.9 (5th) 10.6 (8th) 11.1 (5th)
2017-02-20 7 9.4 (10th) 11.4 (5th) 11.4 (5th) 11.9 (5th)
2017-02-21 8 9.4 (9th) 10.9 (5th) 11.5 (5th) 12.1 (5th)
2017-02-27 9 10.6 (7th) 11.7 (5th) 11.7 (5th) 12.0 (5th)
2017-02-28 10 11.4 (7th) 11.9 (5th) 12.5 (5th) 13.4 (5th)
2017-03-06 11 8.9 (12th) 10.0 (5th) 10.3 (8th) 10.6 (6th)
2017-03-07 12 9.5 (11th) 10.5 (6th) 10.5 (7th) 10.5 (5th)
2017-03-13 13 9.8 (10th) 10.5 (6th) 10.6 (7th) 10.5 (5th)
2017-03-14 14 9.7 (7th) 10.5 (5th) 10.4 (7th) 10.3 (5th)
2017-03-20 15 9.6 (12th) 10.7 (7th) 9.7 (7th) 9.3 (9th)
2017-03-21 16 8.9 (11th) 9.7 (6th) 8.8 (7th) 8.9 (6th)
2017-03-27 17 11.9 (7th) 12.3 (5th) 13.8 (5th) 14.3 (5th)
2017-03-28 18 12.3 (7th) 13.1 (5th) 13.9 (4th) 14.8 (5th)
2017-04-03 19 11.2 (7th) 11.6 (5th) 12.9 (5th) 13.7 (5th)
2017-04-04 20 12.8 (5th) 14.1 (5th) 12.5 (5th) 12.6 (5th)
2017-04-10 21 11.5 (7th) 12.6 (5th) 12.7 (5th) 13.1 (5th)
2017-04-11 22 12.5 (7th) 13.8 (5th) 13.0 (5th) 13.1 (5th)
2017-04-17 23 13.0 (5th) 14.2 (5th) 13.5 (5th) 14.2 (5th)
2017-04-18 24 13.0 (6th) 14.2 (5th) 13.3 (5th) 14.0 (5th)
2017-04-24 25 11.6 (7th) 12.6 (5th) 12.1 (5th) 12.6 (5th)
2017-04-25 26 11.6 (5th) 12.8 (5th) 12.4 (4th) 12.7 (4th)
2017-05-01 27 12.6 (5th) 14.7 (4th) 13.0 (5th) 13.7 (4th)
2017-05-08 28 13.3 (5th) 15.4 (4th) 12.3 (5th) 12.4 (5th)
2017-05-15 29 11.7 (7th) 12.5 (5th) 12.1 (6th) 12.8 (5th)
2017-05-16 30 13.8 (4th) 15.6 (4th) 14.4 (5th) 15.1 (5th)

Sources: TNmS Media Korea & AGB Nielsen Korea

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


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  1. 1 : Marcy Says:

    I was waiting distribution in lead role of Yoon Kyun Sang. He is amazing actor.

  2. 2 : HKS Says:

    Can’t wait this drama!!!!! 😍

  3. 3 : Rani Says:

    Ommo Yoon Kyun Sang and kim ji suk 😍😍

  4. 4 : Jin Says:

    I have seen hong gil dong and jeon woo chi and i cant wait to see one more of HGD story <3 <3 they're so good 🙂 I Think Kyun Sang is very fit for the part of HGD <3 waiiting

  5. 5 : mei Says:

    can ‘t wait for chae soo bin she’s soo good in acting….

  6. 6 : aznative Says:

    Please support licensing for “Rebel Thief Who Stole the People” aka “Traitor Hong Gil-dong” on VIKI.

    Thank You!


  7. 7 : tagalog salita Says:

    sa tingin mas maganda pa rinHong gil dong 2008 kaysa dito.

  8. 8 : lampion Says:


  9. 9 : SPG Says:

    not familiar in the cast. it reminds me Hong Gil Dong year 2008.

  10. 10 : torc Says:

    ok fine if it is better than the 1st hong gil dong.

  11. 11 : Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People Says:

    Nice drama

  12. 12 : Era Says:

    This is promising. I will watch it

  13. 13 : tigerb Says:

    i’ve watched ‘hong gil dong’ the series, so i guess this is another interpretation of that guy’s life story, like, i don’t know, how many versions of ‘robin hood’ i’ve watched. yks impressed me in ‘six flying dragons’, so maybe yks action scenes here will be worth watching.

  14. 14 : P_Off Says:

    Yup, another Hong Gil Dong. Enough I say.

  15. 15 : Isabel Says:

    Wow. I wasn’t planning to watch this at first, but after watching only the first 5 minutes I was completely hooked. I got the feeling that this is going to be an amazing drama! Can’t wait for the next episodes.

  16. 16 : Era Says:

    @tigerb, same w/ u… i also looking forward for yks act in saeguk drama. I think he is good, and suit the hong gil dong character
    Eps 1&2 were about hong gil dong childhood story. Cant wait for next eps, yks i’ll wait 4u

  17. 17 : Keket Says:

    @tiger and @era , i’ve search hong gil dong file to downlod. I really want to see her act (jang keun suk) in real hong gil dong drama. So, can you tell me where i have to download that? Im so frustated to find that..i have realy hard to find that. Really want to wacth. Sure, if you give me the website to download.

  18. 18 : tigerb Says:

    @Keket: i watched ‘hong gil dong’ at gooddrama.net years ago, but i don’t know about downloading. i never download anything. jang keun suk was there, but he did not play the part of ‘hong gil dong’. sorry, can’t be of much help. good luck!
    haven’t started to watch this series yet, seems to be doing well.

  19. 19 : Kimblan Says:

    so Ngaaa~~~aaallooooyyyy

  20. 20 : dramakid Says:

    @Keket, u can download it at Sojuoppa.com.

  21. 21 : Joy Says:

    1st episode and i am hooked. I am becoming a fan of YKS. 😍😍😍

  22. 22 : Az Says:

    I loved it and hooked after watching the first episode. It is not the same as ” Hong Gil Dong” in 2008. Please do not under estimate the drama. It is worth watching.

  23. 23 : tigerb Says:

    the synopsis says hgd was an illegitimate son of a nobleman. in the intro episode and episode 1, it depicted him to be a son of servants. in the first ‘hgd’ series i watched i remember that hgd was supposedly a son of a nobleman. guess, this is a different version.

  24. 24 : tigerb Says:

    eps. 1-4: it’s an interesting bio (if i can call it that) of hgd and his family. looking forward to watching the following episodes.

  25. 25 : tigerb Says:

    ep. 6 is sad, but there’s always a time for reckoning on the past bad deeds. in the joseon era, the king could not touch the other royals (prince chung won)? centuries before that, taejong purged his brothers and others who came his way. guess laws affecting royals changed, but all for their benefit.

  26. 26 : tigerb Says:

    up to ep. 10, a good turn of events gil dong’s way. let’s see if he can achieve his goal (must have, that’s why his name is legend!).

  27. 27 : CoolBeans Says:

    They will win the award for the most snotty nose crying scenes. Still worth watching. You want Hong Gil Dong’s family to get back together. All the members of his family are great.

  28. 28 : Hanna Athirah Says:

    30 ep?? no prob.. If I can follow “6 flying dragon” I can follow “rebel” till end.. And all because of Yoon Kyun Sang 3:)

  29. 29 : cassie Says:

    Yoon Kyun Sanghas always been a good actor and I glad he got a lead role. I hope to see him in other roles which he can shine . Good Luck kid you have the potential so keep on keepin on. God Bless from Napa valley, California

  30. 30 : Era Says:

    At first i denied this will be an interesting drama. But after 15th eps and up, the Rebel is promising. More intense, its slowly but sure. I watched eps 21. And still curious about which one is uhm ri ni, how noksu feeling towards gil dong (seems like she still love him so much deep inside her heart), how noksu save gil dong, what will ga ryung do to save her husband.
    And i really hate the King, he is the one which Hengrok mentioned! However big thumbs for Kim Ji Suk, he did King’s character so well… Authoritarian, wicked, selfish, and cunning

  31. 31 : rams Says:

    kailan pa po ba ilalabas ang next ep25

  32. 32 : lemon Says:

    good job for this drama…
    Satisfied ending..
    Will miss the cast

  33. 33 : Rose Says:

    I really Chae Soo-Bin, she did a great job, brought some high light to the movie. The girl that played Gil-Dong’s sister is a cute young girl.

    Kim Sang Joong is a good actor. The whole cast was good and they did a great job.

  34. 34 : CoolBeans Says:

    I stopped watching at about ep 20 and returned to it. The ending was the best part with the best soundtrack and acting I have seen in awhile for a TV drama! I cried throughout the last 5 episodes and was happy for the satisfying ending!

  35. 35 : sanjinyeon Says:

    I’m not always into historical kdrama because sometimes the story is so deep to understand, I become lazy to finish all the story and when you hear Rebel it’s like fighting, revolution or violence. This Rebel-Thief who stole the people is totally different I never get tired or lazy watching all the 30 episodes, the story is really nice, all the characters are really good, and I recommend, they should give it a try.

  36. 36 : tigerb Says:

    it’s a great watch! i like the story telling of how hgd’s life is woven into what could have happened during the reign of the tyrant king, his atrocities, the people’s pain and suffering, and the eventual king’s downfall. this version is different from the first hgd series i watched years ago. i think this is better presentation, and as was explained in the intro episode, much historical research was done to make the story telling credible. after watching yks in sfd, i never doubted that he could do an excellent hgd. all the other actors were very good too. it’s really worth watching.

  37. 37 : Grace Says:

    This was a great movie from the first episode to the end. The entire cast were great in their individual roles. Who ever selected the cast did a few good job, thought they all worked well together and pulled a great drama together.

    Congratulations to the entire cast, crew, producers, writers, marital arts instructors, etc. etc. Loved everything about this show.

  38. 38 : Doris Aguirre Says:

    Great drama. highly recommended!

  39. 39 : Kay Says:

    Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People is an amazing drama! From start to finish it has a great story with engaging characters. Action, heart, romance, wonderful OST. Highly recommend this drama!

  40. 40 : Quantum nurse Says:

    Kim Ji Suk as King Yeonsangun and Lee Ha Nui as Jang Nok Soo have an undeniable good on-screen chemistry. We hope to see them in future K-drama together again. Bravo!

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