This New Netflix Original Korean Series Is From The Creators Of "Descendants Of The Sun" And "Goblin"
If you loved recent Korean drama hits Descendants of the Sun and Guardian: The Lonely And Great God (Goblin), then you're bound to love this one, too! Why, it was also created by this amazing duo: writer Kim Eun-sook and director Lee Eung-bok. Kim Eun-sook is the same woman behind other widely popular hits such as Lovers in Paris, Secret Garden, A Gentleman's Dignity, and The Heirs. Lee Eung-bok, on the other hand, also directed Secret Love, School 2013, and Dream High.
This new Netflix Original Korean series, titled Mr. Sunshine, tells the story of a Korean boy (Eugene Choi, played by Lee Byung-hun) born into a family of a house servant. He runs away to board an American warship, later to return to his homeland as a U.S. marine officer. The conflict sets in when he falls in love with an aristocrat’s daughter (Go Ae-rin, played by Kim Tae-ri) while discovering a dark scheme to colonize the country he once ran away from. The story is based in Shinmiyangyo, the U.S. expedition to Korea in the late 19th century.
This 24-episode series will premiere on July 7, with episodes streaming on the same day of its Korean broadcast in the U.S. and most Asian territories. The series will then premiere in Japan on July 8, and the rest of the world on July 19.
Mr. Sunshine is produced by Hwa&Dam Pictures, one of Korea’s top drama production companies, and Studio Dragon, who teamed up with Hwa&Dam Pictures for titles including Goblin and Bravo My Life. Studio Dragon is also known for producing The Legend of the Blue Sea, Signal, and Stranger.
The male lead star, Lee Byung-hun, has penetrated the Hollywood scene with his roles as Storm Shadow on G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra and G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Han Cho Bai in Red 2. He has played a variety of roles which include a sergeant in Joint Security Area, a high-ranking enforcer in A Bittersweet Life, a soldier in Iris, a king in Masquerade, a National Intelligence Service agent in I Saw the Devil, a bandit and hitman in The Good, The Bad, the Weird, a political henchman in Inside Men, and a con artist in Master.
Meanwhile, the female lead star, Kim Tae-ri, is pretty new on the scene, with Mr. Sunshine serving as her small screen debut. She has starred in films like The Handmaiden, 1987: When the Day Comes, and Little Forest. Her portrayal of a pickpocket from a family of con artists in The Handmaiden has earned her several Best Actress awards from Blue Dragon Film Awards, Buil Film Awards, Busan Film Critics Awards, and Director's Cut Awards, as well as a Best Newcomer award from the Asian Film Awards.
Watch the trailer here:
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