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Thoughts on Iljimae’s Ending

Monday, July 28, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

I was going to write out all my thoughts on the ending of Iljimae, but then life intervened. Anyway, I sit here with sore muscles to give you my take on what happened and why – disclaimer to tell you that you may not agree with or like what I say, but I am basing it on what happened.

In short, Iljimae is alive; Eun Chae just returned from exile in Jeju with her dad; Bong Soon is wandering around the country; Dani and Kyum’s mother are raising Ketong together with Yong visiting every now and then; the rest of the neighbourhood, which includes Eun Chae’s servant, helps when they can – but Iljimae goes deep underground to avoid getting people he cares about into trouble; Shi Hoo teaches kids martial arts and is happy; Daeshi found his dad. Also, the king is crazy.

When we come to the end, Iljimae is starting up his stealing again.

It’s too bad they didn’t have enough time to film the ending fully – according to the PD, they were filming the last episode on the day it was airing, and had no choice but to supplement the end with scenes from episode one. Aww.

First, who is Ketong?

Well, easiest question first. Ketong is the child of Dani and Swe Dol (R.I.P.). Remember when Swe Dol nearly named Yong ‘Ketong’ instead? Dani glared him down. In her beloved husband’s memory, she gives her child a name he’d chosen for another son that he gave his life for. He says he’s five because the Koreans count age starting from 1, not 0. He’s missing a front teeth not because the writers didn’t take science in high school, but because he’s probably old enough to be losing baby teeth now.

How do we know Yong is at least visiting his two mommies?

One word: Ketong. Honestly, this kid gives it away in so many ways. Living with two women, I think it would be very hard for a four-year-old to develop such outrageous mannerisms unless he had someone he admired to copy from. When Bong Soon mentioned ‘Yong’, he showed that he was familiar with someone named Yong, which might just have been his mothers telling him about his older brother. However, that doesn’t account for his slip with the random bystander at Daeshi’s performance troupe – he actually says he couldn’t memorize his version of what happened to Iljimae, but why would he need to, unless he’s covering up for Yong, in collusion with the adults? Also, his more accurate knowledge of Iljimae’s activities (to the annoyance of the shoemaker’s dad) indicates that someone’s been showing off his exploits.

By extension, Shim Deok, Daeshi, the shoemaker, Eun Chae’s servant, the mafia dude, Eun Chae’s servant’s dad all know Yong’s alive. (Awkward moments give them away.) They actually knew who the real Iljimae was, so if something happened to him, they would know the truth too. The only reason they would spread such outrageous rumours would be if they knew they were lying. And the only reason that fits would be Yong’s desire to make sure people around him weren’t being hurt for knowing who he is.

Who are the shoes for?

According to the director/producer, one pair is for Kunghe, and another pair is for Iljimae. So we know our dude is probably living on the island with Kunghe, with the blessing of Shim Deok (except when the gisaeng, Myeong something, comes over). The shoes aren’t for Bong Soon, unfortunately, because if you noticed, Kunghe has a pair that are exactly like the ones the shoemaker delivered this time but Bong Soon has shoes made of straw, customary of travelers at that time.

Which leads us to the topic of Bong Soon… what happened to her?

From her clothes, she’s dressed as a boy, and a traveler, by her shoes. She was probably unable to resolve her issues with Kunghe in the end and opted for wandering around and not seeing him. Remember when she was about to stab Kunghe? She apologized that she would not be able to go with Yong to wherever he was going to take her. I’m guessing she knew she couldn’t stay near Kunghe and gave Yong up too, especially as he was in love with someone else. I feel so bad. Where is our cheerful happy girl?

Dani’s expression upon meeting her suggest that they haven’t seen each other in a while. Furthermore, Dani’s really odd expression indicates that Bong Soon probably doesn’t know Yong is alive. Sadly, she isn’t reconciled with Kunghe either, or they would have shown that, or at least given hints.

Why does Shi Hoo say that not giving up the proof would protect those his brother wants to protect?

Probably Shi Hoo has as much faith in his government as I do in mine, and knows that handing over the proof will mean his death and everyone else’s, if not at the crazy king’s hand, then at the hand of some unscrupulous noble. Thus, having it keeps him safe, and it gives Yong the freedom to keep being Iljimae. (Imagine the most optimistic outcome, where he’s recognized as a noble, how much trouble he would have being Iljimae. Besides, we know his father’s name isn’t cleared because the king is nervous over not having kept his promise.)

Does Eun Chae know who Iljimae is?

Yes. Even as Yong. Why? Besides the whole thing in 19 when she sensed something about Yong, when her servant mentions her husband’s first love, Eun Chae is reminded of her own first love, and she doesn’t ask about Iljimae, she asks about ‘that child’, who is Yong. When her servant is slow to come up with a response, Eun Chae shows signs of worry. Later, she goes to the tree and recalls Kyum in the same time as she does Yong. I’d say that’s enough proof for us. Unfortunately, I think at this point Eun Chae believes Iljimae is dead, though with his latest raid on the palace, she won’t think that for long.

Finally, the big question, is Iljimae alive?

YES YES YES!

Besides the PD saying that Iljimae was slashed by his own sword and fell down due to the force of the blow, and that Kunghe’s order has a pair of shoes for him, the beginning and end quite obviously show he is alive. Just as Hong Gil Dong unequivocally indicated their main characters’ deaths, Iljimae shows him in action once more.

I think I’m still going to write my own version though…

Sevenses

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  1. Monday, July 28, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    lol waiting for your “several epilogues” and i want a happy Bong Soon!

  2. mika
    Monday, July 28, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    i only discovered your site when i was desperate for some translation of the last 2 episodes. wish i knew about it earlier. i enjoyed reading your take on this series. thanks a bunch!

  3. koopa
    Monday, July 28, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    Thanks! Really wish that one pair was for Bong Soon. So sad for Kunghe…

    Actually, makes a lot of sense that both Kunghe and Yongee are living in secrecy on the island since both identities were exposed.

    As for Shi Hoo, considering his lack of good sportsmanship in attacking someone’s back and his ruthlessness in killing all in his path, should he be teaching young ones?!

    Looking forward to your rewrites. The ending to me was a complete cop-out! Hardly fitting for such an awesome drama.

  4. kermity
    Monday, July 28, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    oh boo. i was hoping for a bongsoon/yong ending
    strange how for four years, iljimae left both his women alone
    oh well. eunchae must be happy with yong. sigh. wish i could see them together though 😦

  5. lyn
    Monday, July 28, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    arg..i havent watch episode 17 18 19 20…im mad angry..i cant find aniwhere to watch this..i have to download, but my lazy bum wont download it..cause after i watch it, ill delete it aniways so why go through the trouble of downloading it..i dont know wut imma do..crraaaap…

    oh, thanks..love reading ur blog

  6. may
    Monday, July 28, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    I think Sevenses has missed something about Bong Soon again. In the last episodes, Bong Soon did mention that she wanted to wait for Yonghe to come back in his place. And what I remember I saw that she was wearing a man’s cloth shoe (there is a full scene while she was walking towards Yong’s 2 mums) but not the straw shoe as what Sevenses has mentioned. Eunchae was only suspicious but not really sure that Yonghe is Iljimae. Did the PD really mention that one pair of shoe is Kunghe’s and the other pair of shoe is Yonghe? But in Baidu’s forum, someone mentioned that the PD only said that one pair of shoe was for Yonghe but never said that the other pair of shoe belongs to Kunghe or Bong Soon. Many fans believe that Iljimae and Eunchae will be together eventually but in fact that Iljimae ws trying to avoid Eunchae and Bong Soon ‘cos he will not want to hurt both of them.

  7. may
    Monday, July 28, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    Straw shoes should not be black in colour and we could see from the scene that the men who are wearing straw shoes are either white or beige in colour.

    And all the times, Bong Soon is wearing black shoes till the last episode, her shoes are black too.

  8. BBgunner
    Monday, July 28, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Thank you for writing recaps! From what I see… I’m assuming you are Korean? But are you fluent in Chinese as well? (:

  9. lyn
    Wednesday, July 30, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    bbgunner: i dont think so..cause she mentions/always gives thanks to a csub group..dont know the name of the group subbers..

  10. Philippa
    Sunday, August 17, 2008 at 12:25 am

    Thanks a lot!
    Can you tell me why Bong Soon is mad at Konghe??? I kind of skipped a couple of parts on the last episode… Didn’t he saved her? They both jumped together on the cliff.
    It was really sad to see her so depressed and her hair and everything was just so messed up, she looked really bad and she was still limping…
    So in the end Eun Chae will end up with Iljimae right??? YAY! In the beginning I thought that Iljimae is going to end up with Bong Soon because usually the one who like a loser type-ish or something gets the guy… Depending on the drama sometimes the innocent girl gets the guy versus a really mean girl. lol

  11. sevenses
    Tuesday, August 19, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    Well, Bong Soon’s relationship with Kunghe is kind of complicated. He raised her, but he also killed her family. She doesn’t want to kill him, so I guess she settled for wandering around seeking inner peace.

    As for who he ends up with, no one knows. Possibly not even the director himself…

  12. grass
    Saturday, September 27, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    hii(: i would like to know if eun chae knows geom is iljimae and if yes how? Also, how does she know yong=iljimae??? would really appreciate if you know the answers thanks!(:

  13. grass
    Saturday, September 27, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    oh and pleeeeeeease write your own version, it would really be very interesting to see it! hahaha.

  14. phio
    Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at 9:30 am

    i think bong soon is actually living with yong..the producer said one pair is for yong but didnt say who the other one was for. plus im sure she was wearin black shoes at the end not straw ones.

  15. sevenses
    Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    This is why I like open endings, sometimes. 😀

  16. Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 12:32 am

    Hey, I just watched the series online in a marathon viewing session that lasted two days and one night and could not make head and tale of the whole ending.. thanks for your very detailed explaination.. at least I dun feel as if I have wasted 20 hours only not to find out the ending.. hahaha…

  17. wkeej
    Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at 7:51 am

    I will like to hear your thoughts why 4 years later did Ilijmae strike again. ie why msu he wait 4 years?

  18. cxq
    Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 11:43 am

    my take is that iljimae is surely dead, but he now lives on forever in legends and tales of his adventures. as for the last scene where iljimae is again robbing the palace, that is an example of iljimae’s now godly status through the stories of people (the shoemaker in this case); he’s an inspiration to the people through storytelling and even copycats.

  19. yoyo
    Friday, January 16, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Wow thanks for your insightful thoughts. I was seriously confused when i saw the last episode. But upon reading your post, it made me think again and honestly i think you’re about 100% right XD.

    Definitely didn’t notice the clues about the Eun Chae part.

  20. Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 3:51 am

    If Boon Soon is with Kong He and Longer..why she still ask Dani if Longer is still alive?

  21. yling
    Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 6:47 am

    ps: Boon Soon didn’t mention about Long’er at all~

    Anyway, nice review for the ending. Whether your guesses are true or not, it’s just a story/drama. If it makes you feel better, then well, Long’er is still alive and will meet up with Boon Soon and/or Eun Chae one day in future.

    Let’s hope for Iljimae 2 if you want the story to continue =)

  22. lolly
    Thursday, February 12, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Eun Chae knows that Yong is Iljimae and that he is alive. When she returned with her dad and asked her servant about “that kid”, her servant’s father said; “Who? Oh, you mean Yong Ee? He is well.”

    She realized that Iljimae is Yong after her dad, being attacked by Iljimae, said to Iljimae: “So you are Lee Son Woo’s son! You are not dead!” Iljimae did not deny it although he did not make any comment either. Eun Chae’s face looked so shocked at that time. As she knew beforehand that Yong is the boy she met when she was a kid (remember she said to her servant that she is glad the little boy is still alive), of course she knew that Iljimae = little boy = Yong.

    Personally I think Yong will end up with Eun Chae because she is the one he loves. He does not love Bong Soon, his feelings towards her is grattitude and guilt for causing her brother’s death, which won’t be a good foundation for a happy marriage. If Bon Soon really loves Yong, she will give him up so he can go to Eun Chae, and I think she has given up on him as she knew he does not love her. Both Yong and Eun Chae like to go to the plum tree, one day they will meet again there.

    Just my thoughts…

  23. 'ella
    Monday, February 16, 2009 at 11:59 am

    thts wht i think too… tht iljimae don’t end up wif both girls

  24. Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Who is Shim Deok? I don’t recall someone named Shim Deok in the show.

  25. HUIEN
    Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at 6:52 am

    at the very end, why did he leave a painting of another flower rather than the red titis?

  26. steven
    Saturday, July 25, 2009 at 10:59 am

    thats a good question brought up by huien

    btw thanks for writing this analysis…i appreciate ur efforts, and understand the ending alot better now

  27. maggie
    Monday, August 17, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    i think he chose another flower because the titus represented his quest to revenge his father, now that he has found out the truth and chooses to let go of his past, his new quest is to bring justice to the country, symbolized by another flower~

  28. ying
    Tuesday, August 25, 2009 at 3:33 am

    there r big difference size of shoes…i think its for Kunghe n Bong Soon…bcoz after Kunghe received those shoes he said “where is she?…cant stay still…aishhh”

  29. Shiu
    Sunday, November 22, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    I, too, believe that Iljimae is still alive (and it has to be his half-brother Shi-Hoo who saves him). In the last scene of 4 yrs later, there is an acrobat performing; that’s Iljimae. One clear clue that Iljimae is still alive is the way Ketong talks; that’s exactly the way Yong talks as “Yong.” And, where else if not from Yong could Ketong have picked up that mannerism? Also, he and Eun-chae will get together now that she’s returned. And, yes, she already knows that “the little boy,” Yong and Iljimae = same person. It’s sad that BoonSong has to let go of her love for Yong/Iljimae. She is a realist and knows that Yong is of noble birth and she of peasant stock … therefore, no marriage for them. As for the “shoes” … the 2nd pair is for BoonSong, which means that she and her adoptive dad have gotten back together and are living as “hermits.”

    One last word … although I enjoyed this drama, it does not compare at all with Dae Jang Geum. Iljimae is too “loose” and not as well written … but, it was based on a comic character.

  30. Mushu
    Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Wow….very analytical…..i too wanted to know if he’s alive. Thanks for the post 🙂

  31. bloo
    Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 2:55 am

    watch for the sword swap! everything is pretty clear except for the love triangle.

  32. Natya
    Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 7:25 am

    Damn I was hoping that Yong ends up with Bong Soon.. Anyway, I’ve skipped one episode that explains the relation of Yong and Bong Soon when they were young. What was it? I’m curious :/
    Thanks!

  33. Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 1:05 am

    thx for this >..<

  34. Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 1:07 am

    thx for this!!
    im so happy to know that iljimae is still alive!
    im so confuse with the ending before..i know he is alive but many things that make me confuse like when he didnt appear in front of the people as Yong
    and now i know well why ^^

    hopefully he can be together with Eun chae later, they belongs together

  35. pippilotta
    Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at 2:59 am

    Yep, I agree with you in almost every point! about some parts I had to think some time before figuring them out but in the end I think I got it all and I really really love the ending!

    I only disagree about four things:
    1. I don´t think Dae Shik found his dad; I think the man on the rope is Iljimae. He probably makes his living like that since he cannot work anywhere else after having gone undercover – what better disguise than to impersonate himself and make use of his extraordinary skills in a legal way?^^

    2. I think Bong Soon returned from her travels as soon as she heard about the first Iljimae-like break-in. She really believes in Yong so she was probably always sure that he would survive and had always intended to return to him as soon as he gave her a sign. That´s why the three women look at each other so strangely: they share the knowledge of Yongee having returned as Iljimae (and are not exactly happy to see him in danger yet again^^).

    3. Also, I think Bong Soon mostly forgave her father already (since he risked his life for her and Iljimae) but wasn´t ready to live with him “just like before”. That´s why her father stays close to the city where Bong Soon left him – so she can find him again whenever she is ready.

    4. I don´t think Eun Chae knows that Yongee is Iljimae, but I think she unconsciously suspects it and therefore feels strangely drawn to Yongee. I also don´t think he will ever contact her again; even if she may hear about Iljimae´s return he will let her believe that it is only an imposter. He sees no realistic future for the both of them and doesn´t want to endanger her further. He already decided this when he didn´t let her take off his mask for the second time.

  36. crazy_rat
    Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 7:53 am

    I wonder why director don’t make a special episode? Now, Lee Jun Ki has already attended army, so it would be impossible to make it now, but it’s fine to wait for another 2 years. I think if make season 2, it would be hard but if a special episode which talk about what did happen during the gap of 4 years would be great. Viewers are also more satisfied and not so much confused about the ending. The ending will be clarified, there is no need for guessing. How others thinks about this idea?

    I’m having many dreams about Yongee and Bong Soon, but because it’s not clearly, I always feel like there are something missing. I wished Yongee and Bong Soon have many happy moments together. Bong Soon sacrified too much, but her only happy memory is the night before Yongee go to rescue Eun Chae, when Yongee said that he want to take her with him.

    On the night Yongee go for rescuing Eun Chae, his words broke my heart, I’m not touching because what he said, but thought that:” How is our poor Bong Soon? What is she mean in his heart? Where is she if his heart belongs to Eun Chae?”, thinking all of that, I cried like mad.

    And when Bong Soon decided to sacrify herself for Yongee, at that moment, Yongee was together with Eun Chae, protecting Eun Chae. Honestly speaking, Eun Chae is quietly annoying me during the serie, I just wished she disappear for Bong Soon’s sake. I skipped all the part that having Eun Chae in it, and keep playing again again parts that Bong Soon and Youngee together. But still, it’s not enough to make me full.

    Ah, Bong Soon is the most pitiful girl in Iijimae, she always get wounds because of others, and broken heart because of Yongee. She deserves to receive much much more than that, much more love from Yongee. What the hell why Eun Chae did not be crashed for a bit, but receive special love from Yongee, why my poor Bong Soon…? Director, please, when Lee Jun Ki back, make a special episode, please, please, please, please…

    One more thing, I think the reason for Yongee love Eun Chae at the first place is because of their childhood encounter. Bong Soon as well, she also had an important part on Yong’s past. The only difference is that he recognised Eun Chae first, and because the encounter between Bong Soon and him was award, so they end up bark to each other all the time. But, if u watch closely, beside Eun Chae, Bong Soon also has special meaning to Yongee, it’s just that he did not recognise that.

    By anyway, just my thinking, i don’t mean to start a war with Eun Chae’s fan, but I’m absolutely not support Eun Chae and Yongee. Eventhough Yongee love Eun Chae, but he is not just because of gratitude and guilty toward Bong Soon. Honestly, during the show, eventhough we know clearly that Bong Soon love Yongee (even he’s good for nothing),but Yong did not aware of that. And the scene below titis tree, she just said that because of the past, she is nice to him, but she did not say that she loves him. What i means here is Yongee, if he just because of gratitude and guilty, he can promise taking care of her as a sister, but what he meaned was as a lover, asked her wait for him.

    For Eun Chae, before Iijimae appear, she showed her concern to Shi Hoo, but later, she loved Iijimae. She is not deserve to receive love, when she can’t even recognise Yongee=Iijimae, eventhough she saw Iijimae so many times. Bong Soon love Yongee for who he is eventhough he is good for nothing in other eyes, but Eun Chae, who she love was cool-Iijimae who is always appear with the mask, but not the Yongee who is lived and existed as he really is. Hey, I nagged too much again.

    About the two shoes, if u say 1 for Yong and another one for Konghe, it’s not making sense, we see it clearly there is one small size shoes, and one large size, if the other pair means for Konghe, it should be same (or similar) in size. And it’s also not make sense if say that Konghe would ignore his daughter alone, Yongee as well. Even if u believe that Yong absolutely not love Bong Soon, it’s still not make sense for him ignore her with disability. But again, I do strongly believe that, Yong toward Bong Soon, eventhoung she is not his first love, but still, he do love her. Remember when Yan Soon died, eventhough Yongee said that he’ll ignore Bong Soon do whatever she want, but actually, he stayed there with her whole night (hint: he did not go back home that day, so that his dad so worried) until the next day, when there are more people joined her, then he left with relieved.

    I wrote too much again. Those who love Bong Soon over Eun Chae, pls support my thinking. I watched this show until the end because Lee Jun Ki was there, and also because belief that he will have happy ending with Bong Soon. The ending was so confused, but because Yongee is not together with Eun Chae, so I’m kind of convincing myself “that’s alright enough as long as he’s not with that girl(Eun Chae)”.

  37. crazy_rat
    Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 9:53 am

    sr, this is just a copy comment from someone who also have the same thinking as me:
    “I think this drama was awesome. It made me cry, laugh, get angry and everything. At the end of every episode I couldn’t wait to watch the next one.

    By the way, I don’t get why some people thought the boy at the end was Iljimae and Eun Chae’s son. That’s so wrong. Really. The boy even say that he didn’t have a tooth because he was like his father. So, do you know who lost a tooth through the series? Right! Yong-ee’s adoptive father. Now, the boy was with Yong-ee’s adoptive mother and called her mother, what can we all conclude? Yes! The boy at the end was actually the son of Yong-ee’s adoptive parents; Yong-ee’s little brother.

    You know, Iljimae/Eun-Chae love story wasn’t that good to me. I liked Yong-ee/Bong Soon story better. She truly loved him; and her story was so touching.

    About the ending, the way I see it, there are only two ways: he died and the scene of the beginning/ending, was just the legend that went on even with him dead. However, what I want to believe is that he is alive. He went to train/live in the mountains, and then returned four years later to remind the king of his promise to leave the throne.

    I think that if Yong-ee is alive, he wouldn’t leave Bong Soon alone. After all, he promised her to this time not let go of her hand (he was the kind of man that kept his promises and he was so happy when he realized she was alive), and so she was waiting for him. Moreover, she’s sacrificed a lot for him (she couldn’t walk well and lost her status as a woman after nearly dying for him).

    True, he loved Eun-Chae, but when he burned her handkerchief, he firmly decided to let her go. Even after he went to save her, he never intend to let her know who he really was. Eun-Chae just loved what Iljimae represented and the memory of a young first love (she too soon started treating bad Yong-ee).

    At the other hand, Bong-Soon felt in love with Yong-ee, was thankful to Geum and admired Iljimae; and then, she knew and loved all of him. Her love for him was similar to the love of Yong-ee’s adoptive father for Danee, and you know, at the end, in Danee’s heart was only him.

    Anyway, I want to believe Bong-Soon was living in the mountains along with Yong-ee and her adoptive father. She went to the town after four years that’s why she didn’t know the son of Danee, but she did know Yong-ee’s birth mother.

    Thank you for read my rambling.”

  38. crazy_rat
    Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Ah, I just rewatched the final episode of the Iijimae, I think that Yong really is not come to see his mothers, and he is living with Bong Soon. Because he of course don’t want to bring dangerous for them. Moreover, if he take them with him, they may have struggled…,so it’s also natural for them to live in that village.

    About the awkward encounter b/w Bong Soon and his mothers, I thinks because Danee haven’t seen her since when she sacrified herself for Yongee, so see her is kind of make Danee don’t know how to react (remember that they need to cover for Yongee). If everyone see Yongee’s biological mother react when she see Bong Soon, u’ll have felling like this girl must have some mean for that lady. Because actually, Yong’s biological mother did not see Bong Soon before, but I think she know that Yongee now live with Bong Soon. Therefore when Dannee call out Bong Soon, Yong’s mother react so emotionally.

  39. Pippilotta
    Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at 8:39 am

    I honestly don´t understand why there are so many different theories about the ending… in my opinion, it was not an open ending at all. if you think about it and maybe even rewatch one or the other scene, don´t you find that as a viewer you only have to arrange the pieces of a perfect puzzle? In the end, everything fits perfectly; no holes left and only one place for every puzzle-piece…

    Of course no one can know what will happen to Yongee and his friends in the future – maybe a monster-dragon will come along and devour the whole village xD – but that´s about it^^

  40. -
    Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    The last scene ends with the story teller telling the story of how iljimae is back (then they show the palace scene) but iljimae is actually dead. It is just a recall of the 1st episode, which was the last time iljimae was in action. Iljimae has became everyone’s hero and people love hearing stories about him. But there are different versions of stories among the people. The story teller’s story was that iljimae is back but when describing the fight, he used soldiers’ descriptions of iljimae’s palace fight when he was still alive. Iljimae is actually dead and that was just a recall of his legendary palace fight

  41. j000
    Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Not accurate because the last palace robbery scene there was no chun, the kings bodyguard/assassin, and the king has gone crazy. So this could not have been recollection of the past. This happened four yrs later

  42. adams buki
    Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Iljimea is one of d best film hv seen in my39 yrs on earth.d writer is very gud and I commend him. D film iljmea has made me cry, laugh and kept me in suspense. Keep d gud work on.

  43. Umar farouq
    Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Hmm.very interesting though.just keep it up.

  44. Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 7:31 am

    well.. whatever it is that you say. I’d like a sequel for this amazing story, The return of ilijimae is not related to this. I’d like a sequel for this, where should I go to request for it? 😀

  45. Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 11:29 am

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  46. Bibi
    Monday, April 9, 2012 at 9:16 pm

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  47. Crystal
    Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    I dont get it if one of the shoes wasnt for Bongsoon then who? i know one is for iljimae but when i watch the scene her father kicked the box saying where is she??!! soo, im assuming th e”she” is bong soon? please help me out!!

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  52. Tosin
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  67. Lorena
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    and the scene more convince me he is alive is the more obvious, when the kid finished the return of iljimae revenge…. (in chapter 1 we can see it) he get off the castle with a guard clothes and let his Iljimae clothes to another guard , but in the last last last scene after that, we found Iljimae in the wall of the garden, with his Iljimae clothes, obviously it is not part of the tale, this scene means he is come back, and more of all he see the camera , it is not Iljimae is a leyend and the leyend never dies, he was really there beginning to stealing again. 😉

    my english is not very well but I was investigating online, and also my own conclusions are very similar with this post. congratz, you helped us a lot. even 5 years later of Iljimae’s broadcasting.

  68. Anonymous
    Sunday, June 9, 2013 at 5:56 am

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  79. Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 5:41 am

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  81. Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 4:10 am

    il iljimae is a wondeful story but the ending is unknow, what happend to il jimae when robbing the palace, and the return of il jimae is a complete defrent story, at first i thought it was il jimae second part but it was not, what happen to il jimae and eun chan .

  82. monga ezra
    Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    it ended in a stupid way am even angry what kind of film producer z that

  83. korea drama watcher freak
    Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    i love ilijimae drama it is wonderful,but i still like jumong more

  84. Monday, October 6, 2014 at 10:37 am

    I couldn’t resist commenting. Well written!

  85. T.H
    Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 12:53 am

    So, what about episode 1? I’ve a feeling that ‘Yong’ died and he’s living on a Iljimae and hiding out with the Kunghe. When the Shoemaker guy brought Kunghe his shoes, he revealed a second one and then Kunghe called out angrily,’Where’s he(Iljimae) gone to again?”

    IN episode 1, We see Daeshik, the Caster Oil Guy and the Shoemaker sitting around and plotting about getting into a palace with Iljimae. The fight scene from ep 1 is exactly the same as the fight scene at the end of ep 20. I think Iljimae is pretty much alive, though those awkward responses from the villagers show that they’re trying to cover up the past. Yong’s probably dead to everyone and he’s living underground, keeping low and occasionally robbing the rich. I guess the only people who still know Iljimae is alive are those planning in the same room as him and the monk Kunghe.

    As for Gaetong with the Yong-like mannerisms… well.. All i can say is that they’re inherited! Maybe from SweDol himself. We know that Yong isn’t naturally crazy/happy-go-lucky (wide difference between Geom and Yong), so we can guess that SweDol’s presence (or in this case genes) made Gaetong that way. His mothers might have told him stories about his big brother so that’s where his bragging comes from.

    I really did enjoy the drama. And nice write up! 🙂

  86. phyo
    Friday, January 2, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Lol! I’m reading this in 2015 😀 Awesome

  87. teddyblinkks
    Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    thank God Iljimae didn’t die at the end, am so happy. Iljimae didn’t fighting.

  88. Friday, June 17, 2016 at 2:40 am

    Thank you so much! Reading your take on the ending made some stuff much clearer to me. I’m actually kinda glad the ending is left sorta open, especially romantic wise. It’s really sad that Bong Soon looked like such a far cry from her previous lively self T-T though.

    I believe another reason Shi Hoo didn’t expose the truth was also to prevent unrest and possibly civil war. Especially with how they’ve been repeating that the king isn’t popular with his people. It came as no surprise that he didn’t relinquish his throne, but I didn’t expect him to go crazy. Thanks again!

  89. HyourinCui
    Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Thank you so much! I suspected much of what you said, but it’s just a relief to actually see that someone agrees with me and that it’s the truth. The ending was really killing me and I couldn’t stop thinking about for days.

  90. Sabasulaiman
    Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Is iljimae seasoning 3 is it true that is it part of yonyee because they don’t show him

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