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First glimpse of MBC’s Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People

The first stills of MBC’s new Monday-Tuesday drama Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People have been released, and actors Yoon Kyun-sang (Doctors), Kim Ji-suk (Oh Hae-young Again), Honey Lee (Come Back, Ajusshi), and Kim Sang-joong (Jingbirok) appear to be settling into their characters and sageuk garb with ease.

Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People is set during the tumultuous era of tyrant King Yeonsangun’s reign and centers around Hong Gil-dong, arguably Korea’s most famous folk hero. But unlike the classic tale in which he stole material goods from the rich and gave to the poor, the Hong Gil-dong of this drama is a “thief” of people’s hearts, winning their trust and support despite his low birth and poor upbringing.

Yoon Kyun-sang plays this thief of hearts, and Kim Ji-suk takes on the role of ruthless King Yeonsangun of Joseon, born with a golden spoon in his mouth, but unable to win the favor of his people despite his royal pedigree and power. Written by Hwang Jin-young (King’s Daughter Soo Baek-hyang) and directed by Kim Jin-man (Kill Me, Heal Me), Rebel aims to depict the virtues one must embody in order to succeed as a leader of the people.

The stills of Hong Gil-dong and King Yeonsangun in their first encounter were taken last month at Hwangmae mountain where production commenced. A producer for the show stated that Hwangmae mountain also served as the first location of the wildly beloved 2006 sageuk Jumong that garnered 50% in viewership ratings, which made it a very meaningful first shoot for Rebel, where the spirit of Jumong was felt throughout.

Kim Sang-joong plays Hong Gil-dong’s father, Ah Mo Gae, a poor servant and father who defies his low standing in society to provide for his two sons: studious, eldest son Gil-hyun and strong, mighty second son Gil-dong. He’s a man who stands against the unjust establishment, and actor Kim Sang-joong stated that Ah Mo Gae represents the people of today; the parallels from past and present history do not escape him, and he’s channeling that knowledge to give a deep and affecting performance.

Honey Lee plays famous Joseon femme fatale Jang Nok-su, King Yeonsangun’s confidante and consort, and in this story, her first and forever love is Hong Gil-dong. Chae Soo-bin (Moonlight Drawn By Clouds) rounds out the main cast as Song Ga-ryung, a young widow and Hong Gil-dong’s leading lady who desires to kill Yeonsangun to avenge the death of her husband.

It’s definitely going to be a twist on the Hong Gil-dong legend we know, but PD Kim Jin-man has stated that he purposely wanted to have a young, trustworthy hero in Yoon Kyun-sang’s Hong Gil-dong. Perhaps the spirit of Jumong will bring high ratings for Rebel, a drama that already looks quite promising with its solid cast.

Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People will premiere on MBC after Night Light ends early this year.

Via TV Daily

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They keep doing these actors so dirty with these dollar store wigs. Please ask the SFD crew where they got theirs.

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I'm beginning to believe that the wigs make or break a sageuk. The wigs in Hawrang make it impossible for me to get into that show, despite the many flower boys. Just looking at the stills scare me. And here, they are not doing Yoon Kyun Sang justice putting that "dollar store wig" on him.

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Hwarang has all the manes of glory wigs tied up at the moment...

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Hwarang's wigs are terrible too.

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Not really. Only park seo jun's wig is ugly. The rest is okay. Some of them can rock the long wig looking hawt *hyungsik*

*scarlet heart is the worst tho*

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it looks bad on picture but when I watch it,
and when everyone has the same hairstyle,
it' actually quite okay,

I mean hyung shik , do jihan and yeo wol are just great

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After making Honey Lee's wig, they only had leftovers of varying lengths and threw it all together for Yoon Kyun-sang's mane of shame.

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I was gonna comment on this..."But.. but... YKS's hair...."

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Cant they borrow the wig that Yoon Kyun Sang used in Six Flying Dragons? He looked good with that hair.

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kim ji-suk <3

i've always liked yoon kyun-sang since his Pinocchio days but more recently started to love him even more in 3 Meals a Day - looking forward to his first leading role!

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Is it just me or has Kwak Dong-yeon ruined the Main of Glory for all other men? Try as one might, it's going to take some really fabulous hair to out-do his Moonlight mane.

It's okay, Yoon Kyun-sang, maybe yours will improve later on in the show.

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Is that the problem? And was that his own hair, is that why it looked so great? I watched SFD recently and after Kwak Dong Yeon, those wigs don't look so hot, either ?

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It was a wig but it was a damn good one! Other productions need to up their wig game big time.

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"Is it just me or has Kwak Dong-yeon ruined the Mane of Glory for all other men?"

YES. YES. YES.
I SECOND THIS MOTION.
THIS IS WHAT IT IS.
Seriously, this is the answer.
Kwak Dong-yeon's hair in "Moonlight Drawn by Clouds" gave me LIFE. lol

That hair makes me believe I could write pages of love letters and poetry in it's honor.

THIS. View it in all it's glory:
http://c2.staticflickr.com/9/8500/28861443745_ac631cefaf_k.jpg

P.S. I must say it also helped that the character of Byung Yeon was so strong, fierce, loyal, and mysterious... and Kwak Dong-yeon played him incredibly. But that hair, I'm telling you.

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And I misspelled "mane". Oops.

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Moonlight never appealed to me enough for me to ever check it out, but goddamn if those stills of Kwak Dong Yeon didn't tempt me...

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The costume team for Moonlight is just really GOOD. From the hair to the costumes to the accessories. Just a really visually pleasing drama.

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Kim Hyung had the most natural-looking mane of glory I'd ever seen. Every sageuk mane that came before and after Moonlight pales in comparison.

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bad wigs aside, this looks promising! yoon kyun sang is the most adorable puppy, and chae soo bin gives off puppy vibes as well.

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Saeguks just seem to fail at the actors' hair lately

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Although i am grateful that he doesn't wear those Jeoson hats, but they could've done better with the hair. What's wrong with those stylists, even I could do much better than this!

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If Yoon Kyunsang is the thief of hearts in this drama, he and his cats stole mine a while ago on Three Meals a Day and Doctors.

And I am NOT digging that wig.

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They should ditch the bangs on Yoon Kyun Sang's wig.For Honey's wig I kinda want it to be a bit smaller. Seems a bit too heavy for her.
Wishing Chae Soo-Bin to be style better than this.
Doesn't Yoon Kyun Sang looked a bit washed out in the stills?

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Yes! What's with those bangs? Did they have bangs back then? If you're going to do bangs, you need long sweeping bangs like Kim hyung.

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I feel like this how my hair would look if I half-assed a ponytail.

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It's like you decided to take one small chunk of your hair and tie it up into a ponytail without brushing and then the wind made it worse = YKS's hair in a nutshell

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A woman whose husband has died is a widow.
A man whose wife has died is a widower.
The terms are not interchangeable.

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Honey Lee is stunningly beautiful. That is all.

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I cannot wait to see Honey Lee back in action. I too wish that the wig on her head is smaller.

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Honey Lee as a gisaeng- it's a dream come true! She looks amazing, and especially fitting given her background.

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Yoon Kyun Sang. I always wanna smile whenever I see him become serious mode on after watching his cute babo-ness in Three Meals A Day. How can you not love him? The friday becomes empty without him and his cutie cats plus the super sweet bromance of him and Eric. How I wish this two will have chance to work together someday.

I believe in Honey Lee and Kim Ji Suk. This two always get second lead roles but steal the show.

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That's why I just want watch SBS historical drama. KBS and MBC wigs style so terrible although how much money they paid.

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its me or they're a lot of sageuks right now.

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I can see no less than 6 sageuks in this year.
MBC taken 3 sagueks. They want to save their saguek reputation (or brand?, not sure).

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I don't know what to feel about my baby Kyunsang's hair but Honey Lee is a goddess.

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I'm looking forward to Kim Ji-suk's return to sageuk. Aside from his kickass slave hunter role in CHUNO, he's only appeared in one episode of HOMETOWN LEGENDS / KOREAN GHOST STORIES, and a cameo in STRONGEST CHIL-WOO.

Written by Hwang Jin-young (King’s Daughter Soo Baek-hyang) and directed by Kim Jin-man (Kill Me, Heal Me), Rebel aims to depict the virtues one must embody in order to succeed as a leader of the people.

Sold! If this script delivers even half the amount of heart and soul that Hwang Jin-young conveyed in SOO BAEK-HYANG, I'll be a very happy camper. Kingly (or in SBH's case, queenly) virtue was a major theme in the story.

The opening scenery reminds me of the beautiful and varied terrain that figured so prominently in SOO BAEK-HYANG. The cinematography in that drama was exquisite.

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Doesn't he look like a giant hobbit? No? Just me? okay then!

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Ooo.. please let me unsee it ! Now I want to laugh every time I see his picture XD

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Yaaas! He is an HUGE BABY !

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Not to be picky, but widower is male, widow is female.

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Since these actors typically play supporting roles in dramas (if my memory serves me right), I'm excited to see how the dynamics play out onscreen!

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Honey Lee looks stunning!!

YKS got the broom hair. 's OK. I'll still watch. XD

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Honey Lee looks great! Then again, when has she ever not?

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Honey Lee and Kim Sang-joong <3.

This show has a strong supporting actors with sageuk experience.

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Maybe the terrible wigs are a statement for shampoo PPLs to overpower Subway?

That aside, Honey Lee looks great here. <3

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Why is there so many sageuks this year? Hwarang,Saimdang,Rebel,Ruler,King Loves ,My Sassy Girl.....and that's only in first part of the year. I hope at least half of those deliver.

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Kdramaland's trying to make it up to the audience for the dismal sageuk output in 2016. I mean, objectively, barring SFD, the rest disappointed at one aspect or another.

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As much I think YKS is cute in 3 meals and I love his cats, he is far far off from being a lead and so is Kim Ji Suk.

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I think he has room to grow, his portraying in Six Flying Dragons after the growth of his character at the end of the drama is the perfect exemple.

I think that he will be a wonderful Hong Gil Dong^^

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I think leading stars do require a certain onscreen presence/enigma/charisma not just acting skills or looks. Think Seo Kang Jun. As much as he is a scene-stealer in Cheese in the Trap, he wasnt able to make a presence in Entourage. in fact everything about Entourage was bad. But I do adore YKS's cat daddy persona!

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I completely agree with what you are saying, at the end of the day, it is an actor capability to bring a character to life to make him real, to make us feel, that makes the difference :)

Hope he is gonna have "ce je ne sais quoi' that will make him rock as HGD in Rebel.

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Honey Lee! <3 Hope that this drama will do her justice. And that they let her play the gayageum on this.

Oh yes, the hair on YKS though. (-_-)

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omg his hair LOLOLOL

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I assume the Joseon version of Subway will heal all bad hairdos .

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ROFL xD If only there were PPL in Sageuk, we would have better wigs in exchange of sandwiches, not a bad deal!

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Correction for this article: Kim Sang-joong's character DOES NOT HAVE A PROPER NAME. Amugae (아무개) is not even a proper name. Literally meaning "some dog", it's used for people without a "formal" name (birth names of course taboo), especially towards the lower social class. It's similiar to the name "Mumyeong" (no-name) & "Hong Gil-dong" (Korean John Doe). Also when the person is unconcerned with whomever s/he is meeting (rarely).
Modern equivalent would be "so-and-so".

Honey Lee's outfit is so late-18th century honestly. To see accurate 16th century outfits, I'd rather recommend "Women of the World".

I think "Rebel" was written towards the current government TBH. It's part of the continuing trend of the entertainment industry to pour out spite towards the "traitors" of the nation, and I think Kim Sang-joong is such an obvious choice for the cast.

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C-dramas have mastered the ancient hair game to perfection. Kdramas should catch up already! Geez the hair is always so distracting!!

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What up with the hair???

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The most ugliest hair that i ever seen on sageuk dramas, Yoon kyun sang looks like a jokes

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