What would you do if the mere fact of your birth gives you no standing in society?
Hong Gil Dong (Yoon Kyun Sang) is the illegitimate son of nobleman Kim Amogae (Kim Sang Joong) and his concubine, which gives Gil Dong no legal standing in Joseon society. With no opportunities to do any legitimate work despite his brilliance, Hong Gil becomes the leader of a band of smugglers who steals from the rich to give to the poor.
Hong Gil’s contemporary, Lee Yoong (Kim Ji Suk), becomes the tyrannical King Yeonsangun who oppresses the lives of the common people. Hong Gil saves the life of Song Ga Ryung (Chae Soo Bin), who becomes a young widow after her husband is killed by the king. Ga Ryung dreams of getting revenge against the king at all costs.
The king’s faithful consort is Jang Nok Soo (Honey Lee), who secretly can’t forget her first love, Hong Gil.
Can Hong Gil champion the rights of the common people on his path to becoming Joseon’s first revolutionary activist?
“Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People” is a 2017 South Korean drama series directed by Kim Jin Man.