Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People 역적: 백성을 훔친 도적 is a 30-episode Korean drama starring Yoon Kyun Sang (Pinocchio), Chae Soo Bin, Honey Lee (Shine or Go Crazy), Kim Ji Suk and Kim Sang Joon.
It is based on Hong Gil Dong, the thief who stole from the rich and gave to the poor. I still have a special place for Kang Ji Hwan's Hong Gil Dong so an entirely new take on the familiar story doesn't exactly spout excitement. I remember taking a liking to Yoon Kyun Sang once before but even that ship has sailed.
Nevertheless, an underdog's journey to become a hero is always a compelling tale to tell and even more intriguing back in the day when the lowest of the low had to fight great odds to overcome a wretched system. In this case, the noble thief is a formidable warrior who goes against the highest of the high to come face to face with the king. Update: okaaay fine... I admit, the latest batch of posters are kind of tempting.
Release Date: January 30, 2016 on MBC (english subs on Viki)
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