The Tale of Nokdu (2019)


  • Drama: The Tale of Nokdu (English title) / The Joseon Romantic-Comedy Tale of Nok-Du (literal title)
  • Revised romanization: Joseonroko Nokdujeon
  • Hangul: 조선로코 녹두전
  • Director: Kim Dong-Whee
  • Writer: Hye Jin Yang (webcomic), Im Ye-Jin, Baek So-Yeon
  • Network: KBS2
  • Episodes: 32
  • Release Date: September 30 – November 25, 2019
  • Runtime: Mon & Tue 22:00
  • Language: Korean
  • Country: South Korea

Plot Synopsis

Jeon Nok-Du (Jang Dong-Yoon) lives on an island with his father and older brother. He is smart and a good swordsman. Since he was little, his father did not let him study or go to the mainland. One day, his father and older brother are attacked by a group of female assassins. Jeon Nok-Du chases after one of the assassins to the capital. During that time, Jeon Nok-Du meets Dong Dong-Ju (Kim So-Hyun). She wants to shoot the King with her arrow, but Jeon Nok-Du saves her from trouble. Meanwhile, the assassin that Jeon Nok-Du chases goes into a widow village. To find out who and why his family was attacked, Jeon Nok-Du disguises himself as a woman and enters the widow village. There, he meets Dong Dong-Ju again. She is an apprentice to become a gisaeng.


  1. Takes over KBS2’s Monday & Tuesday 22:00 time slot previously occupied by “I Wanna Hear Your Song.”
  2. Based on webcomic “Nokdujeon” by Hye Jin Yang (published from December 16, 2014 to July 31, 2018 via
  3. First script reading took place June, 2019 at KBS Annex Broadcasting Station in Yeouido, South Korea.
  4. Two teaser posters for KBS2 drama series “The Tale of Nokdu.”
  5. Ep.9 & 10 did not air on Monday, October 14, 2019 due to airing of a baseball game between SK Wyverns and Kiwoom Heroes. Ep. 9 & 10 aired on Tuesday October 15, 2019 instead.
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Jang Dong-Yoon Kim So-Hyun Kang Tae-Oh Jung Joon-Ho Kim Tae-Woo
Jeon Nok-Du Dong Dong-Ju Cha Yool-Moo King Gwanghae Heo Yoon
The Tale of Nokdu-Yun Yoo-Sun.jpg Lee Seung-Joon The Tale of Nokdu-Lee Moon-Sik.jpg The Tale of Nokdu-Song Geon-Hee.jpg Park Da-Yeon
Yun Yoo-Sun Lee Seung-Joon Lee Moon-Sik Song Geon-Hee Park Da-Yeon
Haengsoo Cheon Jung Yoon-Jeo Hwang Jang-Koon Jeon Hwang-Tae Aengdoo
The Tale of Nokdu-Yoon Sa-Bong.jpg Hwang Mi-Young The Tale of Nokdu-Yoon Geumseona.jpg The Tale of Nokdu-Jo Soo-Hyang.jpg The Tale of Nokdu-Yang So-Min.jpg
Yoon Sa-Bong Hwang Mi-Young Yoon Geumseona Jo Soo-Hyang Yang So-Min
Kang Soon-Nyeo Park Bok-Nyeo Lee Mal-Nyeon Kim Ssook An Jung-Sook
The Tale of Nokdu-Han Ga-Rim.jpg Song Chae-Yoon The Tale of Nokdu-Ko Gun-Han.jpg The Tale of Nokdu-Hwang In-Yeop.jpg Lee Joo-Bin
Han Ga-Rim Song Chae-Yoon Ko Gun-Han Hwang In-Yeop Lee Joo-Bin
No Yeon-Boon Min Deul-Re Yeon Geun Park Dan-Ho Maehwasoo

Additional Cast Members:

  • Yoo Ji-Soo – Court Lady Kim
  • Seo Yi-An – Widow Kim
  • Lee Ho-Jae – elderly man throwing rock
  • Jung Yi-Rang – inn owner
  • Kim Ji-Woo – Jeon Nok-Du (young)
  • Jo Ye-Rin – Dong Dong-Ju (young)
  • Kim Seung-Han – Jeon Hwang-Tae (young)


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