The Return of Iljimae


  • Title: 돌아온 일지매 / Doranon Iljimae
  • Also known as: The Return of Iljimae / Iljimae Returns / Moon River
  • Previously known as 일지매 / Iljimae
  • Genre: Historical, romance
  • Episodes: 24
  • Broadcast network: MBC
  • Broadcast period: 2009-Jan-21 to 2009-Apr-09
  • Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55
  • Original Soundtrack: The Return of Iljimae OST
  • Related Series: Iljimae, Il-Ji-Mae


The story is about a man fighting against the selfish and corrupt government to save the ordinary peasants. Iljimae was abandoned by his birth father and adopted by a Chinese couple. He returns to Korea to find his birth family and realizes how unjust the world really is. He watched as his first love, Dal Yi, was wrongfully put to death. Iljimae then vows to help the commoners from the corrupt government officials.

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  • Both MBC and SBS will air their own version of Iljimae in 2008 and 2009.
  • MBC has the copyrights to the original comic book.
  • Drama will be filmed in Japan.
  • The title was changed from "Iljimae" to "The Return of Iljimae" to avoid confusion with the SBS version.

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