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The Tale of Nokdu

The Tale of Nokdu

wavve 2019

Jeon Nok Du lives on an island with his father and older brother.One day, his father and older brother are attacked by a group of female assassins. Nok Du chases after one of the assassins to the capital that goes into a widow village. To find out who and why his family was attacked, Nok Du disguises himself as a woman and enters the widow village. There, he meets Dong Dong Ju, an apprentice to become a gisaeng.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Tale of Nokdu

The Tale of Nokdu - S1E25

#1 - Nok Du is the Boy (Season 1 - Episode 25)

Dong Joo finds out that Nok Du is the boy, the biological son of the King she’s been despising for her life. Knowing the consequences that could be brought upon them, she ponders their relationship. Meanwhile, Nok Du is promoted as the Royal Guard and is ordered to stay by the King at all times.

The episode was rated 8.79 from 14 votes.

The Tale of Nokdu - S1E31

#2 - Dong Joo's Decision (Season 1 - Episode 31)

Nok Du and Dong Joo manage to get out of the palace thanks to the Queen's help. Yul Mu and his men go after Nok Du and Dong Joo. However, Nok Du and Dong Joo end up being surrounded by Yul Mu's armed forces. In order to save Nok Du who is badly injured, Dong Joo decides to stay with Yul Mu. In return, she asks Yul Mu to tell the King that Nok Du has died.

The episode was rated 8.64 from 11 votes.

The Tale of Nokdu - S1E15

#3 - Without Saying Goodbye (Season 1 - Episode 15)

Because of the attack by Yul Mu's underlings, the village for widows is destroyed and many widows get injured or killed. Nok Du risks his life and helps the widows without disguising himself. Nok Du is also seriously injured and faints. When he wakes up, he realizes that Dong Joo has left without saying goodbye.

The episode was rated 8.62 from 13 votes.

The Tale of Nokdu - S1E30

#4 - The King is Back (Season 1 - Episode 30)

Dong Joo can’t sit still and wait for Nok Du. She gathers her things and sets off to the palace to see how things are going. She enters the palace to see Neungyang aiming at Nok Du and throws herself in front of his arrow. The battle continues and surprising news is shared throughout the palace. The King is back alive.

The episode was rated 8.60 from 10 votes.

The Tale of Nokdu - S1E32

#5 - Wedding Ceremony (Season 1 - Episode 32)

Nok Du volunteers to keep working with the widows. And the wedding ceremony for Nok Du and Dong Joo is held. Every resident on the island comes to celebrate the couple. Nine years later, Yul Mu raises a revolt and takes away the throne. The Queen is sent to the island where Nok Du and Dong Joo live.

The episode was rated 8.54 from 13 votes.

The Tale of Nokdu - S1E12

#6 - Yul Mu's True Color (Season 1 - Episode 12)

After the widows of Muweol Corps left for Hanyang to kill the local functionary, Nok Du and Lady Chun find out that the widows are in a trap. Lady Chun asks Nok Du to go help out the widows, and that's how Nok Du becomes a member of Muweol Corps. Meanwhile, Heo Yun and other noblemen are plotting conspiracy, but suddenly Yul Mu shows up.

The episode was rated 8.31 from 13 votes.

The Tale of Nokdu - S1E14

#7 - Secrets About Nok Du's Birth (Season 1 - Episode 14)

Nok Du meets Hwang Tae at Yul Mu's house. Nok Du insists that he and Hwang Tae should hurry and leave the place, but Hwang Tae refuses. Instead, Hwang Tae tells Nok Du a big secret about his birth. Meanwhile, Yul Mu orders a gang of thugs to kill everyone in the village for widows. Dong Joo finds out that the village for widows is on fire. She goes there to help people.

The episode was rated 8.31 from 13 votes.

The Tale of Nokdu - S1E8

#8 - Reminiscences of Childhood (Season 1 - Episode 8)

Dong Joo keeps being reminded of her childhood and family after she came to Hanyang. She visits the house she used to live when she was a child. That's when she runs into Yul Mu. And Nok Du happens to watch them have a chat from afar. Nok Du manages to complete his mission, but he hears that the real Lady Kim and her servant got caught.

The episode was rated 8.25 from 12 votes.

The Tale of Nokdu - S1E9

#9 - I Like Lord Yul Mu (Season 1 - Episode 9)

Nok Du returns to the village for widows with Dong Joo and Yul Mu after completing his mission in Hanyang. However, the widows and gisaengs in the village think that Nok Du likes Yul Mu. Meanwhile, Yun Jeo and Hwang Tae see that a group of assassins are in front of their place. They start to run away from the assassins.

The episode was rated 8.25 from 12 votes.

The Tale of Nokdu - S1E16

#10 - Reunion Between Father & Son (Season 1 - Episode 16)

In Hanyang, Dong Joo is trying to get a job in the palace by bribing court ladies. One day, a court lady asks Dong Joo to find a man for her. Dong Joo manages to find a man who matches the description. Meanwhile, Nok Du visits Heo Yun again. Heo Yun takes Nok Du to the room where Yun Jeo is staying.

The episode was rated 8.25 from 12 votes.

The Tale of Nokdu - S1E19
#11 - Heo Yun Framed
Season 1 - Episode 19

Nok Du finally meets the King at the palace and is assigned to assist a senior chief administrative officer. Meanwhile, Heo Yun visits the King to warn that Yul Mu should not be trusted and is plotting treason. However, the King doesn't believe him, and he soon realizes that he has already been set up by Yul Mu.

The episode was rated from 11 votes.
The Tale of Nokdu - S1E27
#12 - A Revolt in Plan
Season 1 - Episode 27

Dong Joo escapes from the palace and moves alone to kill the King. Meanwhile, Nok Du escorts the King to his way to the shrines. One night, the King offers a drink to Nok Du. He honestly shares his true feelings of loss in never being loved by his own father.

The episode was rated from 11 votes.
The Tale of Nokdu - S1E4
#13 - Like an Older Sister
Season 1 - Episode 4

Nok Du and Dong Joo become close. Nok Du helps out Dong Joo when she is having a hard time because of her injured hands. Dong Joo says that she wants to treat Nok Du like an older sister. Nok Du happens to see a shaman and widows performing a religious ceremony, and he thinks that the widows are scheming something.

The episode was rated from 14 votes.
The Tale of Nokdu - S1E5
#14 - Composite Sketch
Season 1 - Episode 5

Dong Ju realizes that Nok Du has been pretending to be Lady Kim so far. Nok Du persuades Dong Ju to let him stay in the village. The widows talk about a man who sneaked into the village last night, and they plan to catch him by making a composite sketch of him. Nok Du decides to give the widows misleading information about the man to confuse them.

The episode was rated from 14 votes.
The Tale of Nokdu - S1E1
#15 - First Encounter
Season 1 - Episode 1

Nok Du, who is living on a small island, witnesses his father and brother get attacked by a group of assassins. He decides to leave home and find out who they are and work for. He follows the leads and arrives in Hanyang. At a market, he runs into a man who plans a terror attack on the King. However, they soon get arrested because of an incident at the market.

The episode was rated from 16 votes.
The Tale of Nokdu - S1E6
#16 - I Want You to Leave
Season 1 - Episode 6

Dong Ju hears a rumor about the man who broke into the village the other day. She realizes that it is not a good idea to let Nok Du stay in the village. She asks Nok Du to leave the village. Meanwhile, Nok Du finds out that a group of widows is planning to kill someone, and he makes a deal with the widows.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.
The Tale of Nokdu - S1E7
#17 - Second Chance
Season 1 - Episode 7

Nok Du decides to help Dong Joo so she doesn't have to be a gisaeng. Nok Du gives up the mission that the widows of Muweol Corps gave him. He goes to meet Lady Chun with an idea that can help Dong Joo. Meanwhile, the widows of Muweol Corps agree to give Nok Du the second chance and order him to complete another mission.

The episode was rated from 13 votes.
The Tale of Nokdu - S1E18
#18 - Trap for Yul Mu
Season 1 - Episode 18

When Nok Du and Dong Joo are walking on the streets, an old lady stares at Dong Joo as if she knows Dong Joo. And Nok Du and Dong Joo run into the King again. The three of them go hiking to relieve the King's insomnia. Meanwhile, Yul Mu tails Hwang Tae to find out if he meets with Nok Du without knowing that it is a trap set by Nok Du.

The episode was rated from 10 votes.
The Tale of Nokdu - S1E11
#19 - Yul Mu Knows Nok Du's Secret
Season 1 - Episode 11

Yul Mu finds out that Nok Du has been pretending to be a woman all this time and that Dong Joo has been looking out for Nok Du. Yul Mu wants to know if Dong Joo has feelings for Nok Du. And Nok Du tells Dong Joo that he will make her fall in love with him. Meanwhile, Prince Yeongchang is forced to leave the palace.

The episode was rated from 13 votes.
The Tale of Nokdu - S1E13
#20 - I Will Leave Soon
Season 1 - Episode 13

Heo Yun and his fellows think that the King might have noticed about their plan, so Heo Yun orders the widows of Muweol Corps to move their base. And Heo Yun encounters Hwang Tae. Meanwhile, Nok Du happens to overhear the conversation between Dong Joo and Yul Mu, and finds out that Dong Joo is planning to leave.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.

Last updated: oct 09, 2020



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