Based on a fictional book about a Robin Hood in Korea, Hong Gildong, this drama is very loosely based off of that book and the time it was set in. Follow. Description: Based on a fictional book about a Robin Hood in Korea, Hong Gildong, this drama is very loosely based off of that book and the time it was set in. Hong Gil Dong was the illegitimate son of a high ranked minister.

It is loosely based on the book Hong Gil Dong about a Robin Hood-type person during the Joseon Dynasty. A local monk took him under his wing and taught him martial arts. After struggling severe discrimination by family and society, Gil Dong escaped and decided to become a bandit leader. A local monk took him under his wing and taught him martial arts. Hong Gil Dong is the son of a minister. Hong Gil Dong was the illegitimate son of a high ranked minister. Due to the strict Confucian laws of the Joseon Dynasty, Gil Dong, born an illegitimate child, is not accepted by his father and family. Hong Gil Dong. “Hong Gil Dong” is a 2008 South Korean drama series directed by Lee Jung Sub.