The Rebel (South Korean TV series)
|Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People|
|Created by||Lee Ju-hwan|
|Written by||Hwang Jin-young|
|Directed by||Kim Jin-man|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||30|
|Executive producer||Lee Young-hoon|
|Production location||South Korea|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production companies||Hunus Entertainment|
Hong Gil-dong SPC
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital|
|Original release||January 30 –|
May 16, 2017
|Rebel: Thief Who Stole from the People at Hunus Entertainment|
Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People (Korean: 역적: 백성을 훔친 도적; RR: Yeokjuk: baegseong-eul humchin dojeog; lit. Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People) is a South Korean television series starring Yoon Kyun-sang, Chae Soo-bin, Kim Ji-seok, Lee Ha-nui and Kim Sang-joong. It aired on MBC every Monday and Tuesday at 22:00 (KST) from January 30, 2017 to May 16, 2017.
Set during the reign of famous tyrant King Yeonsangun, it tells the story of Hong Gil-dong, the son of a servant who stole from the rich and gave to the poor, and his journey in becoming Joseon's first revolutionary activist.
Hong Gil Dong (Yoon Kyun-sang) is the son of servant Hong Ah Mo Gae, which gives Gil Dong no legal standing in Joseon society. With no opportunities to do any legitimate work despite his brilliance, Gil Dong becomes the leader of a band of smugglers who steals from the rich to give to the poor. Gil Dong's contemporary, Yi Yung, becomes the tyrannical King Yeonsangun (Kim Ji-seok) who oppresses the lives of the common people. The king's faithful consort is Jang Nok-su (Lee Hanee), who secretly can't forget her first love, Gil Dong.
- Yoon Kyun-sang as Hong Gil-dong 
- Lee Ro-woon as young Hong Gil-dong
- Chae Soo-bin as Song Ga-ryung 
- Gil-dong's love interest and later wife.
- Gil-dong's father. A brilliant and ambitious slave who frees himself and later becomes the leader of the Ilkhwari.
- Kim Ji-suk as Crown Prince Lee Yoong (later King Yeonsan)
- Lee Ha-nui as Gong-hwa (later renamed to Jang Nok-soo) 
- Yeonsangun's consort and Gil-dong's first love.
- Shim Hee-sub as Hong Gil-hyun / Park Ha-sung
- Lee Do-hyun as young Hong Gil-hyun
- Mo-gae's eldest son and Gil-dong's older brother.
- Shin Eun-jung as Geum-ok
- Ah Mo Gae's wife and Gil-dong's mother.
- Mo-gae's youngest daughter and Gil-dong's younger sister.
- Park Jun-gyu as Hong So Boo-ri
- Lee Jun-hyeok as Hong Yong-gae
- Kim Do-yoon as Hong Se-gul
- Heo Jung-do as Hong Il-chung
- Lee Ho-chul as Hong Kkeut-shwe
- Kim Byung-chun as Soo Noh Man-sub 
- Lee Myung-hoon as Hong Eob-san
- Jo Hyun-do as young Eob-san
- Kim Ha-eun as Jeok Sun-ah
- Kim Jung-tae as Prince Choongwongun / Lee Jung
- Choi Moo-sung as King Seongjong
- Park Soo-young as Kim Ja-won
- Ahn Suk-hwan as First Vice-Premier Noh Sa-shin
- Ryu Tae-ho as Ryu Ja-gwang
- Choi Yong-min as Yoon Pil-sang
- Park Ji-il as Lee Se-jwa
- Choi Dae-chul as Park Won-jong
- Kim Byeong-ok as Magistrate Uhm Ja-chi
- A third-generation magistrate secretary. He later becomes a town magistrate with the help of Mo-gae.
- Hwang Seok-jeong as Wol Ha-mae
- Kim Joon-bae as Heo Tae-hak
- A thug and Ah Mo-gae's rival.
- Kim Jung-hyun as Mo Ri
- Heo Tae-hak's right-hand man, later a rival of Gil-dong
- Ahn Nae-sang as Song Do-hwan
- Seo Yi-sook as Lady Jo, Jo Cham-bong's wife.
- Park Eun-seok as Jo Soo-hak, Jo Cham-bong's son.
- Kim Ye-joon as young Jo Soo-hak
- Song Sam-dong as Lee Uk-gong
- Jung Da-bin as Ok Ran
- Lee Do-gyeom as Do-ho
- Park Ji-a as Jin-soo
- Lee Chung-mi as Han-deok
- Kim Hee-jung as Baek Kyun
- Kang Hui as Yeong-hui
- Cha Geon-woo
- Shim Eun-woo as an Shaman
- Son Jong-hak as Lord Jo Cham-bong
- Ko In-bum as Lord Jo's uncle
- Moon Sook
- Actors Nam Goong Min and Ji Sung were first offered the lead role but later got replaced by Yoon Kyun-sang.
- The first script reading took place on 30 December 2016 at MBC Broadcasting Station in Sangam.
- The drama reunited Yoon Kyun-sang and Chae Soo-bin after both starred in the Uniqnote feat. Bobby Kim and Jung Yup for Girlfriend in 2014
- In the table below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
- NR denotes that the drama did not rank in the top 20 daily programs on that date
|Episode #||Date||Average audience share|
|TNmS Ratings||AGB Nielsen Ratings|
|Nationwide||Seoul National Capital Area||Nationwide||Seoul National Capital Area||Peak|
|1||January 30, 2017||8.3% (20th)||8.2% (17th)||8.9% (NR)||9.1% (16th)||11.0%|
|2||January 31, 2017||8.4% (17th)||9.3% (8th)||10.0% (8th)||10.2% (6th)||12.1%|
|3||February 6, 2017||9.9% (12th)||11.3% (5th)||10.5% (7th)||10.8% (5th)||13.3%|
|4||February 7, 2017||11.4% (7th)||12.5% (5th)||12.3% (5th)||12.3% (5th)||14.5%|
|5||February 13, 2017||9.8% (11th)||11.8% (5th)||10.7% (7th)||10.9% (6th)||12.9%|
|6||February 14, 2017||9.1% (10th)||10.9% (5th)||10.6% (8th)||11.1% (5th)||12.9%|
|7||February 20, 2017||9.4% (10th)||11.4% (5th)||11.4% (5th)||11.9% (5th)||13.3%|
|8||February 21, 2017||9.4% (9th)||10.9% (5th)||11.5% (5th)||12.1% (5th)||14.0%|
|9||February 27, 2017||10.6% (7th)||11.7% (5th)||11.7% (5th)||12.0% (5th)||14.3%|
|10||February 28, 2017||11.4% (7th)||11.9% (5th)||12.5% (5th)||13.4% (5th)||15.2%|
|11||March 6, 2017||8.9% (12th)||10.0% (5th)||10.3% (8th)||10.6% (6th)||12.1%|
|12||March 7, 2017||9.5% (11th)||10.5% (6th)||10.5% (7th)||10.5% (5th)||12.0%|
|13||March 13, 2017||9.8% (10th)||10.5% (6th)||10.6% (7th)||10.5% (5th)||12.3%|
|14||March 14, 2017||9.7% (7th)||10.5% (5th)||10.4% (7th)||10.3% (5th)||11.0%|
|15||March 20, 2017||9.6% (12th)||10.7% (7th)||9.7% (7th)||9.3% (9th)||10.9%|
|16||March 21, 2017||8.9% (11th)||9.7% (6th)||8.8% (7th)||8.9% (6th)||10.0%|
|17||March 27, 2017||11.9% (7th)||12.3% (5th)||13.8% (5th)||14.3% (5th)||15.9%|
|18||March 28, 2017||12.3% (7th)||13.1% (5th)||13.9% (4th)||14.8% (5th)||16.3%|
|19||April 3, 2017||11.2% (7th)||11.6% (5th)||12.9% (5th)||13.7% (5th)||15.7%|
|20||April 4, 2017||12.8% (5th)||14.1% (5th)||12.5% (5th)||12.6% (5th)||15.7%|
|21||April 10, 2017||11.5% (7th)||12.6% (5th)||12.7% (5th)||13.1% (5th)||15.0%|
|22||April 11, 2017||12.5% (7th)||13.8% (5th)||13.0% (5th)||13.1% (5th)||15.7%|
|23||April 17, 2017||13.0% (5th)||14.2% (5th)||13.5% (5th)||14.2% (5th)||16.0%|
|24||April 18, 2017||13.0% (6th)||14.2% (5th)||13.3% (5th)||14.0% (5th)||15.6%|
|25||April 24, 2017||11.6% (7th)||12.6% (5th)||12.1% (5th)||12.6% (5th)||14.1%|
|26||April 25, 2017||11.6% (5th)||12.8% (5th)||12.4% (4th)||12.7% (4th)||14.3%|
|27||May 1, 2017||12.6% (5th)||14.7% (4th)||13.0% (5th)||13.7% (4th)||15.9%|
|28||May 8, 2017||13.3% (5th)||15.4% (4th)||12.3% (5th)||12.4% (5th)||15.8%|
|29||May 15, 2017||11.7% (7th)||12.5% (5th)||12.1% (6th)||12.8% (5th)||13.9%|
|30||May 16, 2017||13.8% (4th)||15.6% (4th)||14.4% (5th)||15.1% (5th)||17.0%|
- Episode 28 did not air on May 2 due to the broadcast of a presidential debate.
- Episode 29 did not air on May 9 due to news coverage of the presidential election.
- The series is available worldwide on DramaFever since January 31, 2017 under the title Rebel: Thief of the People.
- In the Philippines and Singapore, the series is streamed on Viu 12 hours after the South Korean broadcast, under the title The Rebel.
- In Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore, the series is being broadcast on Oh!K within 24 hours after the South Korean broadcast, under the title The Rebel.
- In Japan, the series will be broadcast on KNTV every Wednesday and Thursday at 10:05 JST starting April 19, 2017 under the title Rebel - Hero of the People Hong Gil-dong (逆賊-民の英雄 ホン･ギルドン-, Gyakuzoku - min no eiyū Hon Girudon-).
- The series is available on Netflix
Awards and nominations
|2017||10th Korea Drama Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Kim Sang-joong||Won|||
|Best Drama||The Rebel||Nominated|
|Best Production Director||Kim Jin-man||Nominated|
|Best Screenplay||Hwang Jin-young||Nominated|
|Top Excellence Award, Actor||Kim Ji-seok||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress||Lee Ha-nui||Won|
|Excellence Award, Actor||Yoon Kyun-sang||Nominated|
|1st The Seoul Awards||Best Drama||The Rebel||Nominated|||
|Best Actor||Yoon Kyun-sang||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor||Kim Ji-seok||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Lee Ha-nui||Won|
|ABU Prizes||Commended Prize||The Rebel||Won|||
|2017 Asian Television Awards||Best Drama Series||Nominated|||
|36th MBC Drama Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Kim Sang-joong||Won|||
|Drama of the Year||The Rebel||Won|
|Writer of the Year||Hwang Jin-young||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Monday-Tuesday Drama||Kim Sang-joong||Nominated|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Monday-Tuesday Drama||Lee Ha-nui||Won|
|Excellence Award, Actress in a Monday-Tuesday Drama||Chae Soo-bin||Won|
|Golden Acting Award, Actor in a Monday-Tuesday Drama||Kim Byeong-ok||Nominated|
|Golden Acting Award, Actress in a Monday-Tuesday Drama||Seo Yi-sook||Won|
|Popularity Award, Actor||Yoon Kyun-sang||Nominated|
|Popularity Award, Actress||Lee Ha-nui||Nominated|
|Best New Actor||Kim Jung-hyun||Won|
|Best New Actress||Lee Soo-min||Nominated|
|Best Young Actor||Lee Ro-woon||Won|
|Best Character Award, Fighting Spirit Acting||Kim Sang-joong||Nominated|
|2018||54th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor||Kim Sang-joong||Nominated|||
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