Mr. Sunshine (2018, Lee Byung-hun, Kim Tae-ri)

Based in Shinmiyangyo, or the U.S. expedition to Korea in the late 19th century, Mr. Sunshine tells the story of a Korean boy born into a family of a house servant running away to board an American warship, later to return to his homeland as a U.S. marine officer. He ironically falls in love with an aristocrat’s daughter and discovers the dark scheme to colonize the country that he once ran away from.

Mr. Sunshine marks the continuing partnership between writer Kim and director Lee, who created international hits Descendants of the Sun and Goblin. The series 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.

production details
Korea / Netflix – Hwa&Dam Pictures – Studio Dragon / x75 minutes / 2018

Creators: Kim Eun-sook, Lee Eung Bok,

Lee Byung-hun as Eugene Choi
Kim Tae-ri as Go Ae-Shin
Yoo Yeon-seok as Goo Dong-Mae
Kim Min-jung as Kudo Hina
Byun Yo-han as Kim Hee-Sung
Choi Moo-seong as Jang Seung-Goo
Kim Eui-sung as Lee Wan-Ik
Kim Byung-chul as Il-Sik
Bae Jung-nam as Choon-Sik
Shin Jung-geun as Servant
Lee Jung-eun as Haman-daek
Jo Woo-jin as Im Gwan-Soo
Heo Jung-eun as Go Ae-Shin (young)
Im Se-Mi as Dong-Mae’s mother

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