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The Tale of Nokdu

Title: 조선로코 녹두전 / The Tale of Nokdu
Also known as: Mung Bean Chronicles / The Joseon Romantic Comedy: Tale of Nok-Du
Genre: Historical, Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 32
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2019-Sep-30 to 2019-Nov-25
Air time: Monday & Tuesday 22:00 (2 episodes back-to-back)


This drama is based on webcomic “Nokdujeon” by Hye Jin Yang which was published from 2014-Dec-16 to 2018-July-31 via comic.naver.com.

Set in Joseon dynasty, the series is about a man who disguises as a woman to enter a mysterious women-only village; and a young woman who does not want to become a kisaeng.

Jun Nok Du (Jang Dong Yoon) lives on an island with his father and older brother. He is smart and a good swordsman. Since he was little, his father did not let him study or go to the mainland. One day, his father and older brother are attacked by a group of female assassins. Jun Nok Du chases after one of the assassins to the capital. During that time, Jun Nok Du meets Dong Dong Joo (Kim So Hyun). She wants to shoot the King with her arrow, but Jun Nok Du saves her from trouble. Meanwhile, the assassin that Jun Nok Du chases goes into a widow village. To find out who and why his family was attacked, Jun Nok Du disguises himself as a woman and enters the widow village. There, he meets Dong Dong Joo again. She is an apprentice to become a gisaeng.


Main Cast

Jang Dong Yoon as Jun Nok Doo
– Kim Ji Woo (김지우) as Nok Doo (child)
Kim So Hyun as Dong Dong Joo
Jo Ye Rin as Eun Seo (child)
Kang Tae Oh as Cha Yul Moo / Prince Neungyang
Jun Jin Seo as Yul Moo (child)
Jung Joon Ho as King Gwanghae
Yoon Yoo Sun as Chun Haeng Soo

People around Nok Doo

Lee Seung Joon as Jung Yoon Jeo
Song Gun Hee as Jun Hwang Tae
Lee Moon Sik as Hwang Jang Koon
Ko Gun Han as Yeon Geun
Park Da Yun as Aeng Doo

People around King Gwanghae

Kim Tae Woo as Heo Yoon
Lee Eun Hyung as officer Baek Jong
Park Min Jung as Queen Inmok
Oh Ha Nee as Queen Inmok (young)

Member of the Virtuous Women Corps

Yoon Sa Bong as Kang Soon Nyeo
Hwang Mi Young as Park Bok Nyeo
Yoon Geum Sun Ah as Lee Mal Nyun

Member of the Muwol Corps

Jo Soo Hyang as Kim Ssook
Yang So Min as Ahn Jung Sook
Han Ga Rim as No Yun Boon
Song Chae Yoon as Min Deul Re


Lee Joo Bin as Mae Hwa Soo
Hwang In Yup as Park Dan Ho


Lee Ho Jae as the old man who threw the stone at the king
Jung Yi Rang as inn owner
Park Chul Min as Park Jong Chil

Production Credits

Director: Kim Dong Hwi, Kang Soo Yun
Screenwriters: Im Ye Jin, Baek So Yun


2019 KBS Drama Awards: Excellence Actor (Mini Series) – Jang Dong Yoon (The Tale of Nokdu) & Choi Won Young (Doctor Prisoner)
2019 KBS Drama Awards: Excellence Actress (Mini Series) – Kim So Hyun (The Tale of Nokdu) & Nana (Justice)
2019 KBS Drama Awards: Rookie Awards (actor) – Kang Tae Oh (The Tale of Nokdu) & Kim Myung Soo (Angel’s Last Mission: Love) & Kim Jae Young (Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life)
2019 KBS Drama Awards: Best Child Actress – Park Da Yun (The Tale of Nokdu) & Joo Ye Rim (Mother of Mine)
2019 KBS Drama Awards: Best Couple Awards – Jang Dong Yoon & Kim So Hyun (The Tale of Nokdu)

Episode Ratings

    Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
2019-09-30 1 6.2 - 5.6 (14th) 5.0 (17th)
2019-09-30 2 8.0 - 7.1 (8th) 6.3 (9th)
2019-10-01 3 6.1 - 6.5 (11th) 6.4 (11th)
2019-10-01 4 7.3 - 8.3 (5th) 8.2 (5th)
2019-10-07 5 5.8 - 5.4 (17th) 5.3 (19th)
2019-10-07 6 7.3 - 7.1 (10th) 6.9 (10th)
2019-10-08 7 5.0 - 5.8 (16th) 5.5 (16th)
2019-10-08 8 6.3 - 6.7 (11th) 6.5 (12th)
2019-10-14 x 2019 KBO League  
2019-10-14 x 2019 KBO League  
2019-10-15 9 - - 5.0 (17th) -
2019-10-15 10 5.4 - 6.6 (12th) 6.5 (11th)
2019-10-21 11 - - 4.3 -
2019-10-21 12 5.5 - 5.9 (14th) 5.6 (16th)
2019-10-22 13 - - 6.0 (15th) 6.1 (15th)
2019-10-22 14 5.7 - 6.2 (13th) 6.3 (12th)
2019-10-28 15 4.7 - 4.9 -
2019-10-28 16 5.9 - 7.3 (11th) 6.9 (13th)
2019-10-29 17 - - 6.0 (16th) 5.7 (16th)
2019-10-29 18 6.3 - 7.4 (8th) 7.4 (8th)
2019-11-04 19 - - 4.6 -
2019-11-04 20 6.2 - 6.4 (14th) 6.3 (16th)
2019-11-05 21 - - 4.7 -
2019-11-05 22 5.5 - 6.2 (12th) 6.0 (15th)
2019-11-11 23 5.5 - 5.1 (18th) 5.1 (19th)
2019-11-11 24 6.4 - 6.9 (11th) 7.0 (12th)
2019-11-12 25 5.7 - 5.4 (15th) 5.2 (15th)
2019-11-12 26 7.0 - 7.7 (6th) 7.4 (5th)
2019-11-18 27 - - 5.6 (20th) 5.9 (19th)
2019-11-18 28 6.3 - 6.5 (14th) 6.5 (13th)
2019-11-19 29 5.9 - 6.3 (12th) 6.2 (14th)
2019-11-19 30 6.9 - 7.8 (9th) 8.0 (7th)
2019-11-25 31 - - 6.0 (17th) -
2019-11-25 32 6.5 - 7.3 (11th) 6.4 (15th)

Sources: TNmS Media Korea & AGB Nielsen Korea


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Official Poster

Official Trailer
Trailer I
Trailer II
Trailer III
Trailer IV
Trailer V

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  1. 1 : kajak Says:

    I’m really looking forward to it, seen lots of dramas with women pretending to be men but never the other way so it’s really interesting, I hope it’ll be good.

  2. 2 : Shiro Yeti Says:

    Super excited for this drama. At first, I thought it was a woman in the poster but after I read the plot of this drama, I realised that it was indeed a man :p that too our Jang Dong-yoon.
    And Kim So Hyun looks so cute in the poster. Really really excited for this one.

  3. 3 : Oyabun Says:

    I too was fooled by the picture. The plot looks fun. Hope it will be good.

  4. 4 : Kdrama Crazy Says:

    From the trailers the drama looks so much fun. 🙂

  5. 5 : USA Says:

    Storyline centered on Trans-genderness…

  6. 6 : Magenta Says:

    Nonton sampe ep 4 dan baguss

  7. 7 : IndoFanKor Says:

    Mau baca sinopsis n daftar pemain, kunjungi blogku yah…

  8. 8 : Mei Says:

    Going to watch this because of the fun trailers. Hope the show doesn’t disappoint.

  9. 9 : YS Says:

    this drama is good to watch

  10. 10 : tigerb Says:

    i like watching this series.

  11. 11 : koreAnne Says:

    hoping for a happy ending..their love is entangled on a twisted faith..nice plot by the way

  12. 12 : Suyong Says:

    It is really wonderful drama with happy ending for Nokdu and Dongjoo. Love it.

  13. 13 : nova eka diguna Says:

    i love and i miss you 😘

  14. 14 : tamin Says:

    stupid story with weak and childish casting.

  15. 15 : tigerb Says:

    one does not have to be the son of the king to be happy.

  16. 16 : vivant Rubayiza Says:

    Lovely and exciting drama

  17. 17 : Summer ball Says:

    The synopsis on this page is incorrect. First i was curious how they can do gender bender drama of male disgusing himself as a widow. I was surprised. The chemistry is off the charts. acting in this drama so good, not just the leads. Awesome cast, pd, team, bgm, etc. it is very underrated drama. It is a must watch kdrama this year, way better than others airing now. The ending is so good, doesn’t disappoint. Rewatch value is super high. I still cant move on from this drama.

  18. 18 : Nera Says:

    I saw actor Jang Dong Yoon for the first time in this drama, and I love his act, actually his act being Lady Kim, i thing he deserve to get award in this year

  19. 19 : N Says:

    So, I’m out of kdrama to watch so I gave this a try. Was hesitant at first because I don’t feel like watching it, but now I’m hooked! Didn’t know that this was such a masterpiece and I kinda regret that I only got to watch it now. It’s also a plus factor that both leads are very good actors. ❤️

    I highly recommend this! 🙂

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