ILJIMAE: The Phantom Thief is a 20-episodes Korean historical drama broadcast from May to July 2008 on SBS. It was loosely based on a comic by Ko Woo Yung & produced by Lee Yong Suk.
Set during the Joseon Dynasty, Yong acted as a hooligan in the marketplace by day but at night he was a thief who robbed corrupted government officials to give to the poor. After each robbery, he left behind a painting depicting a plum tree branch to make his mark and was thus named Iljimae. His main purpose was not so much to rob but to search for the owner of a specially designed sword which he saw as a child was used to kill his father, a loyal subject of the emperor. Bong Soon is a hilarious girl with good martial art skills and lives as a swindler. She only loves Iljimae and sacrifices her whole life for him. Eun Chae is a government official's daughter who despite her upbringing has a lot of empathy towards the poor. She met Iljimae by chance and couldn't help admiring him for what he stood for even though she had never seen his face.
2008 SBS Drama Awards: Male Top Excellence Award (Lee Jun Ki)
2008 SBS Drama Awards: Netizen Highest Popularity Award (Lee Jun Ki)
2008 SBS Drama Awards: Male Supporting Award - Special Drama (Lee Moon Shik)
2008 SBS Drama Awards: Male Young Star Award (Yeo Jin Goo)
2008 SBS Drama Awards: Female Young Star Award (Kim Yoo Jung)
The 3 main tracks (of the 20 tracks played in the historical drama Iljimae) which are played in this video are:
01. We Ro Oon Bal Ja Kook (Main Title)(lonely Footsteps)
02. Hwa Shin - Park Hyo Shin (Flower Letter)
03. Mae Hwa (Plum Blossom)
Actor Joo Ji Hoon was considered for the lead role, but lost to Lee Jun Ki.