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television program


Country of origin South Korea
Number of episodes 14
Number of seasons 1

About Damo

Damo: A Korean Drama with a Kick

In 2003, the Korean drama scene was dominated by romantic comedies and historical dramas. But then came Damo, a show that broke the mold with its gritty action, complex characters, and feminist themes.

Set in the Joseon era, Damo follows the story of Chae Ok, a lowly servant who becomes a detective for the police bureau. Along the way, she falls in love with Jang Sung-baek, a rebel leader who challenges the corrupt government. Their romance is complicated by their different social statuses and political allegiances, as well as the fact that Chae Ok is a woman in a male-dominated society.

What sets Damo apart from other dramas of its time is its realistic portrayal of violence and its nuanced exploration of power dynamics. The fight scenes are intense and visceral, with Chae Ok using her martial arts skills to take down criminals and corrupt officials. Meanwhile, the show delves into the complexities of class, gender, and politics, showing how even the most well-intentioned characters can be corrupted by power.

At the heart of Damo is the character of Chae Ok, played by Ha Ji-won in a career-defining performance. Chae Ok is a feminist icon, a woman who defies societal expectations and fights for justice in a world that doesn't value her. Ha Ji-won brings depth and nuance to the role, making Chae Ok a relatable and inspiring character.

Damo was a critical and commercial success, winning multiple awards and launching Ha Ji-won's career to new heights. It remains a beloved classic of Korean drama, and a must-watch for anyone interested in action, romance, and social commentary.


- "Damo (2003)" on MyDramaList

- "Damo (TV series)" on Wikipedia

- "Damo (2003)" on IMDb

Main cast and crew

Cast and crew listed below. See if you can find out who is who from the stats below.


52 years, 8 months, 11 days


45 years, 3 months, 10 days

Born first

30 January 1971

Born last

28 June 1978

Other cast and crew

Supporting cast and crew listed below. See if you can find out who is who from the stats below.


81 years, 4 months, 2 days


34 years, 8 months, 6 days

Born first

8 June 1942

Died first

18 September 2023

Born last

30 January 1989

Died last

18 September 2023

Information in the About section is derived from the use of Generative Pre-trained Transformer technology and may contain errors.