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The Tale of Nokdu

The Tale of Nokdu

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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 Worst Episodes of The Tale of Nokdu

The Tale of Nokdu - S1E2

#1 - Widow Village

7.80

Season 1 - Episode 2

Nok Du disguises as a woman and enters the village where only widows are allowed to live. Fortunately, no one is suspicious of Nok Du yet. He finds out that there's a gisaeng house right next to the widow village. When Nok Du finally finds the female assassin that he has been looking for, a group of widows takes him somewhere.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of The Tale of Nokdu from 15 votes.

The Tale of Nokdu - S1E17

#2 - Yul Mu Misleading Widows

7.80

Season 1 - Episode 17

When the widows of the Muweol Corps are confused and want to find out who is behind the death of Lady Chun, Yul Mu tells them that it was Heo Yun's order. He also suggests that the widows help him to create a new world. Meanwhile, Nok Do tells Dong Joo that he will never let her leave him again until she pays back what she owes him.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of The Tale of Nokdu from 10 votes.

The Tale of Nokdu - S1E10

#3 - Who Do You Like?

7.83

Season 1 - Episode 10

Nok Du is curious about who Dong Joo likes. He asks her who it is, but she never tells him. Nok Du decides to tell Dong Joo his feelings for her, but Dong Joo tries to keep her distance from Nok Du. Meanwhile, when Aeng Du is with Yul Mu, she lets out Nok Du's secret before she realizes it.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of The Tale of Nokdu from 12 votes.

The Tale of Nokdu - S1E3

#4 - The Past of Nokdu's Father

7.86

Season 1 - Episode 3

At night, Nok Du happens to overhear the conversation of a group of widows who look like trained assassins. Nok Du starts to follow one of them into the woods. Meanwhile, Nok Du's father and brother move from the island to the mainland. Yun Jeo, Nok Du's father, decides to go to Hanyang to take care of unfinished business.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of The Tale of Nokdu from 14 votes.

The Tale of Nokdu - S1E13

#5 - I Will Leave Soon

7.92

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 #5 Worst episode of The Tale of Nokdu from 12 votes.

The Tale of Nokdu - S1E11

#6 - Yul Mu Knows Nok Du's Secret

7.92

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 #6 Worst episode of The Tale of Nokdu from 13 votes.

The Tale of Nokdu - S1E1

#7 - First Encounter

8.00

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 #7 Worst episode of The Tale of Nokdu from 16 votes.

The Tale of Nokdu - S1E6

#8 - I Want You to Leave

8.00

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 #8 Worst episode of The Tale of Nokdu from 12 votes.

The Tale of Nokdu - S1E7

#9 - Second Chance

8.00

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 #9 Worst episode of The Tale of Nokdu from 13 votes.

The Tale of Nokdu - S1E18

#10 - Trap for Yul Mu

8.00

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 #10 Worst episode of The Tale of Nokdu from 10 votes.

The Tale of Nokdu - S1E23
#11 - Torturing Jung Yun Jeo
8.00
Season 1 - Episode 23

Jung Yun Jeo is taken to the prison, and Dong Joo is shocked that the Chief Administrative Officer is the King. The King begins to torture Yun Jeo. Every time he aims the sword at Yun Jeo, he keeps seeing the face of Yun, which makes him pass out.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of The Tale of Nokdu from 9 votes.

The Tale of Nokdu - S1E4
#12 - Like an Older Sister
8.07
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 #2 Worst episode of The Tale of Nokdu from 14 votes.

The Tale of Nokdu - S1E5
#13 - Composite Sketch
8.07
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 #3 Worst episode of The Tale of Nokdu from 14 votes.

The Tale of Nokdu - S1E27
#14 - A Revolt in Plan
8.09
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 #4 Worst episode of The Tale of Nokdu from 11 votes.

The Tale of Nokdu - S1E20
#15 - The Queen's Jewel
8.11
Season 1 - Episode 20

Heo Yun continues trying to convince that Yul Mu is plotting treason, the King still doesn't believe him. Nok Du runs into the Queen in the palace and notices that she is wearing the same jewel as the one he possesses. Meanwhile, Dong Joo is chased by a group of thugs, and she ends up falling into the well.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of The Tale of Nokdu from 9 votes.

The Tale of Nokdu - S1E21
#16 - Dong Joo Enters the Palace
8.11
Season 1 - Episode 21

The King pays his visit to Heo Yun who is imprisoned in the dungeon, but this time, the King comes with Yul Mu, Hwang Tae, and two widows. Hwang Tae and the widows make the false testimony to make Heo Yun a traitor. Meanwhile, Dong Joo finally gets a job at the palace. Nok Du visits her workplace and helps her work.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of The Tale of Nokdu from 9 votes.

The Tale of Nokdu - S1E24
#17 - Find the Merit List
8.11
Season 1 - Episode 24

Nok Du plans with Sook to steal the Merit List from Grand Prince Neungyang. In hopes of ruining the plan, Nok Du goes to see the King with the Merit List. When Nok Du sees the King and Yun Jeo in prison, he happens to hear what’s truly on the King’s mind. Meanwhile, Dong Joo hears from Grand Prince Neungyang that Nok Du is the son of the King whom she wishes to kill.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of The Tale of Nokdu from 9 votes.

The Tale of Nokdu - S1E19
#18 - Heo Yun Framed
8.18
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 #8 Worst episode of The Tale of Nokdu from 11 votes.

The Tale of Nokdu - S1E22
#19 - Your Son Is Alive
8.22
Season 1 - Episode 22

Yul Mu finally finds Dong Joo in the palace. He tries to take her somewhere, but Nok Du stops him. Meanwhile, Yun Jeo and the Queen secretly meet in a private house. Yun Jeo tells that the Queen's son is still alive and that she should protect him from the King. Then, the door is opened, and an uninvited guest comes into the house.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of The Tale of Nokdu from 9 votes.

The Tale of Nokdu - S1E26
#20 - Go, Now!
8.22
Season 1 - Episode 26

Nok Du spreads the rumors around the town about the King and himself. He plans to murder the King and undo the injustices that were caused due to him being alive. Dong Joo also plans to not hide. Therefore she decides to end her relationship with Nok Du.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of The Tale of Nokdu from 9 votes.

Last updated: oct 09, 2020

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[spoiler] tOne of my top picks for bests K-dramas from last year! This is everything "Ruler: Master of the Mask" failed to succed and was mainly due to Jang Dong Yoon & Kim So Hyun acting, their best performances in their whole carrers if you ask me. Jang Dong Yoon & Kim So Hyun won the Best Couple Award and the Excellence Award for Miniseries Male and Female at the 2019 KBS Drama Awards; also Kang Tae Oh won as Best New actor and Park Da Yeon as Best Child Actress. First of all if you're looking for a historical drama with tons of fight scenes and action this is not your best choice cause even if it have some action scenes is more focused on romance and life of both of them. All the cast was very good but I need to highlight two more actors, Jo Soo Hyang (Kim Ssook) as one of the strongest female characters I've seen and Kang Tae Oh as Cha Yool Moo, hes was PERFECT as the villain and he brings a new and better facet as an actor rather than just making comedy. Glad the writer doesn't change so much and follow the story as in the web comic. There are only two things I didn't like from this K-drama, the first, Jung Joon Ho as King Gwanghae wasn't the best choice and Jeon Hwang Tae's character as the dumbest character I've seen yet he managed to survive like what the heck!![/spoiler] My score: 8.0/10

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> Yet Another Melodramatic Sageuk that fails to make sense with non-sensical plot and misunderstandings This drama is full of action. It also provides you comedy scenes that makes you burst into loud out laugh. Sometimes, you will find it boring in the middle of the drama. But, don't give up. Just follow the stream and you will get the intense actions. The concept of male cross-dressing is a refreshing thing in a drama and the first half of the drama was light hearted and humorous because of it but the second half took a turn and turned into the typical historical drama with the same old tried plot. However, I thought this drama would be an epic drama with actions, assassinations, and betrayals. I thought the main character would be a zero to hero figure. Everything is so smooth, nothing wrong with the plot. It's enjoyable that makes you can't wait for the next episode. But, here's the main worst point of this drama: - The story and the plot is nothing special. - The writing has up and down, The Lines and the way character evolved is not exactly brilliant. - It's seems copy paste from the earlier melodrama of the past (yes, It has melodrama element in it) with has rom com touch in earlier episode and make it more approachable to audience who hate melodrama. But it's the performances of the ensemble cast that make me stay, along with the Director who at times brilliant executed the ambiance and create the chemistry. The chemistry between the cast also makes this drama enjoyable to watch (The power of the chemistry, heck not only the OTP. ) There is some compelling narrative going on that makes me stay in the third act, but alas I think the writers is not interested to unfold it better. The ending was laughable and without much substance to be honest. Without spoiling I'll say that I don't understand how could they live happily with a dark cloud over their heads that can rain down at any time and wash away their peace. [spoiler]It looks like the plot is skipped so much. Everything jumped to when the main character is back from dying to save his beloved girl without getting hurt or attacked by the enemy's soldiers. Then the conflicts are ended here. He and all his beloved ones live on a separated island peacefully, while the main conflict (throne stuff) is abandoned. When his enemies lost him and the soldiers, they didn't try to chase them as well. The story tells us the enemies choose the thone and the kingdom while the main character and protagonists choose the peaceful life on the separated island.[/spoiler]

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