Top 12 Korean Dramas & Movies Like Song Of The Bandits

Have you watched Song of the Bandits drama and liked it? Here are some more dramas and movies that you can watch.

Netflix has one of the largest libraries of Korean dramas that are available worldwide. It is also releasing new original Kdramas on its platform, and most of them are being appreciated. Recently, Song of the Bandits was also released.

The drama is about a group of Koreans who gather in Gando, Manchuria, during the Japanese colonial period. They are from different walks of life, but they unite to protect their homes and fight for their independence.

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If you’ve watched the Song of the Bandits drama and are finding something similar in plot and genre to watch and keep the mood, here are the best dramas and movies to watch.

1. Mr. Sunshine

A young boy born into a house servant’s family and travels to the United States during the 1871 Shinmiyangyo. He returns to his homeland later as a U.S. marine officer. He falls in love with an aristocrat’s daughter. At the same time, he discovers a plot by foreign forces to colonize Korea.

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Cast –

  • Lee Byung Hun as Choi Yoo Jin
  • Kim Tae Ri as Go Ae Shin
  • Kim Min Jung as Kudo Hina / Lee Yang Hwa
  • Yoo Yeon Seok as Gu Dong Mae / Ishida Sho

No. Of Episodes – 24

Watch On – Netflix

2. Iljimae

Hangul: 일지매

Year: 2008

Yong pretended to be a market thug during the day, but at night he was a criminal who robbed corrupted government officials. Eun Chae is the daughter of a government official who met him by chance and couldn’t help but admire him.

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3 5 star rating

Main Cast (Characters):

  • Lee Joon Gi as Yong / Iljimae
  • Han Hyo Joo as Byun Eun Chae
  • Lee Young Ah as Bong Soon
  • Park Shi Hoo as Byun Shi Hoo

No. Of Episodes: 20 (60 min. each)

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3. The Bridal Mask

Hangul: 각시탈

Year: 2012

In the 1930s, Lee Kang To lives in Korea, which is oppressed by Japanese Imperial rule. Even though he is Korean, he works with the Japanese police to catch “Bridal Mask,” an unknown rebel fighting for Korean independence.

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4 5 star rating

Main Cast (Characters):

  • Joo Won as Lee Kang To
  • Jin Se Yeon as Oh Mok Dan
  • Park Ki Woong as Kimura Shunji
  • Han Chae Ah as Ueno Rie

No. Of Episodes: 28 (65 min. each)

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4. Chicago Typewriter

Hangul: 시카고 타자기

Year: 2017

The drama features three resistance warriors who lived during Japan’s conquest of Korea in the 1930s and are reincarnated as a best-selling writer, a fan, and a ghostwriter in the present. It is an epic story of friendship, love, and betrayal.

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4 5 star rating

Main Cast (Characters):

  • Yoo Ah In as Han Se Joo
  • Im Soo Jung as Jun Seol
  • Go Kyung Pyo as Yoo Jin Oh
  • Kwak Shi Yang as Baek Tae Min

No. Of Episodes: 16 (70 min. each)

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5. Different Dreams

A Korean surgeon joins the provisional government as a spy during the Japanese occupation of Korea. She develops feelings for a freedom warrior, but their romance is hindered by their different ideologies and the dangers of their job.

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Cast –

  • Lee Yo Won as Lee Young Jin
  • Yoo Ji Tae as Kim Won Bong
  • Im Joo Hwan as Fukuda Saburo
  • Nam Gyu Ri as Miki

No. Of Episodes – 20

Watch On – Kocowa

6. Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People

Set during the reign of King Yeonsangun, it tells the story of Hong Gil Dong, the son of a servant who stole from the rich and gave to the poor, and his journey in becoming Joseon’s first revolutionist & dissident activist.

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Cast –

  • Yoon Kyun Sang as Hong Gil Dong
  • Chae Soo Bin as Song Ga Ryung
  • Kim Ji Suk as Lee Yoong
  • Lee Ha Nee as Jang Nok Soo

No. Of Episodes – 30

Watch On – Viki

7. Kingdom

Hangul: 킹덤

Year: 2019

During the Joseon period, the spirit of a recently dead king comes back, and a mysterious illness starts to spread across the country. To find out what is going on and save his people, the crown prince must deal with a new kind of enemy.

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4 5 star rating

Main Cast (Characters):

  • Joo Ji Hoon as Lee Chang
  • Ryu Seung Ryong as Jo Hak Joo
  • Bae Doo Na as Seo Bi
  • Kim Sung Gyu as Young Shin

No. Of Episodes: 6+6 (50 min. each)

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8. The Crowned Clown

To get out of the palace and live a normal life, the king hires a lookalike to pretend to be him. But when the fake king is accused of a crime, the real king has to go back to the palace and prove that he is not guilty.

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Cast –

  • Yeo Jin Goo as Clown Ha Seon / King Yi Heon
  • Lee Se Young as Queen Yoo So Woon
  • Kim Sang Kyung as Lee Gyu
  • Jang Gwang as Eunuch Jo

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Viki, Prime Video, WeTV

9. Assassination

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During the Japanese rule of Korea, a group of resistance fighters plotted the assassination of a high-ranking Japanese official. Their mission is jeopardized by a traitor within their ranks and Japanese forces pursuing them down.

10. The Battle: Roar to Victory

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A small number of Korean independence rebels fought a larger Japanese force in Manchuria for four days in 1920. The Koreans defeated the Japanese with courage and knowledge despite being outnumbered and outgunned.

11. Age Of Shadows

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During the Japanese occupation of Korea, a resistance group plotted to sneak explosives into the country. A Korean police officer tasked with stopping them is divided between loyalty to his country and obligation to his Japanese masters.

12. Phantom

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A sadistic security chief in Japanese-occupied Korea is holding five suspects captive in order to find the spy “Phantom.” As tensions grow and the suspects turn on each other, a thrilling game of cat and mouse begins.

Wrapping Up

So these are the dramas and movies that you can watch if you loved watching the Song of the Bandits drama on Netflix. You will find historical action in all of them.

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Hi! I'm Alma Santos from Philippines. I have watched over hundreds of dramas and can speak Korean a little bit. My favorite drama is Crash Landing On You.

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