Mr. Sunshine (2018 TV series)
Mr. Sunshine (Korean: 미스터 션샤인; RR: Miseuteo Syeonsyain) is a 2018 South Korean television series written by Kim Eun-sook and directed by Lee Eung-bok, starring Lee Byung-hun, Kim Tae-ri, Yoo Yeon-seok, Kim Min-jung and Byun Yo-han. The series is set in Hanseong (the former name of Seoul) in the early 1900s, and focuses on activists fighting for Korea's independence. The series aired every Saturday and Sunday on tvN starting from July 7, 2018, and ended on September 30, 2018. It premiered internationally on Netflix. As of October 2019 it is the fourth-highest-rated Korean drama in cable television history.
|Created by||Jinnie Choi|
|Written by||Kim Eun-sook|
|Directed by||Lee Eung-bok|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|Original language(s)||Korean, Japanese|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||24|
|Executive producer(s)||Kim Young-kyu|
|Camera setup||Single camera|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital|
|Original release||July 7 –|
September 30, 2018
Mr. Sunshine recorded the 4th highest ratings for cable television with its final episode reaching 18.129% and netting an average rating of 12.955%, which was currently the highest average rating ever recorded for cable television. The Seoul rating of 21.828% is the second highest ever recorded for cable television. It received critical acclaim for its cinematography and storytelling. Culture critics praise the drama for its "deep storytelling" and also helping to raise viewers' awareness of history. The Korea Times noted the drama for shedding light on those deemed peripherals such as women and the lower classes, successfully laying out contradictions and hope in the fast-evolving late Joseon period; as well as its strong female characters. Mr. Sunshine won the Drama of the Year award at the 6th APAN Star Awards, as well as Grand Prize for Lee Byung-hun.
- 1 Synopsis
- 2 Cast
- 3 Production
- 4 Original soundtrack
- 5 Historical inaccuracy
- 6 Ratings
- 7 Awards and nominations
- 8 International broadcast
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Mr. Sunshine centres on a young boy (Lee Byung-hun) who is born into slavery but escapes to the United States after a traumatic event. He becomes a United States Marine Corps officer and returns to Joseon during the 1871 Shinmiyangyo (U.S. expedition to Korea). While in Joseon, he meets and falls in love with an aristocrat's daughter (Kim Tae-ri), who is part of the Righteous Army. At the same time, he discovers a plot by foreign forces to colonize Korea and soon, he becomes embroiled in the fight for Joseon’s independence.
- Lee Byung-hun as Choi Yoo-jin / Eugene Choi
- A Joseon-born slave whose parents were killed by their landlord. He escapes to the United States with the help of a missionary and returns to Joseon as a Captain of the U.S Marine Corps and the acting consul for the United States. To his dismay, he is treated as a Korean in America but as an American in Joseon. He falls in love with a Noblewoman and gets entangled in a complicated relationship.
- A Joseon noblewoman who lost her parents as an infant. She trains as a sniper and become part of the Righteous army.
- A son of a butcher who flees to Japan upon his parent's death and becomes a fearless samurai and member of the Musin society, which is part of a Yakuza group. As a teen, he was helped by young Go Ae-shin and for that, he is grateful and has deep affection for her.
- An influential widow who runs a hotel in Joseon. She was married off to an old, rich Japanese man for money by her father. Upon her husband's mysterious death, she inherited the "Glory Hotel" and successfully operates it on her own. She is the daughter of Lee Wan-ik.
- A Joseon nobleman who is considered to be the richest after the Emperor in terms of land ownership. He is emotionally tormented by his grandfather's actions and lives over a decade in Japan to avoid marrying the woman his grandfather chose for him. Once Hee-sung returns to Joseon, however, he discovers that his fiancé is Go Ae-shin and falls for her, only to realize that there is no place left for him in her heart.
- He is a gunman and the teacher of Go Ae-shin who trains her to become a sniper. He later becomes the head of the palace guard to protect the Emperor.
- A pro-Japanese Korean man who killed Go Ae-shin's parents. Born as a commoner, he becomes the minister of foreign affairs and is the father of Kudo Hina.
- A slave hunter who diverted and became a shop owner together with Choon-sik that takes care of any need.
- A slave hunter who diverted and became a shop owner together with Il-sik that takes care of any need.
- Go Ae-Shin loyal servant
- The loyal maid of Go Ae-shin
- An English interpreter who works at the American Consulate in Joseon. Later he becomes the English translator for the Emperor.
- A skilful potter who helps Choi Yoo-jin as a child to escape from the slave hunters and flee to America. He is the leader of the Righteous army.
- Kim Nam-hee as Mori Takashi
- A Japanese colonel of noble blood. He knows Eugene when he's in New York.
- A cold-hearted mean nobleman who was considered to be the richest after the Emperor. He kills Choi Yoo-jin's parents.
- He is a major of the United States Marine Corps and direct supervisor and friend of Eugene Choi.
- Lee Ho-jae as Go Sa-hong
- The grandfather of Go Ae-shin. He was a great scholar and the teacher of the Emperor.
- Kim Na-woon as Madame Jo
- The aunt of Go Ae-shin who brought her up.
- The cousin of Go Ae-shin and second wife of Lee Deok-moon.
- Kim Joong-Hee as Lee Deok-moon
- A pro-Japanese nobleman who works as an assistant for Lee Wan-ik. He is the husband of Go Ae-soon and is the cousin of Lee Jeong-moon.
- Hee-sung's father. The richest man in Joseon after the Emperor.
- Hee-sung's mother
- The first emperor and founder of the Korean Empire.
- Kang Shin-il as Lee Jung-moon
- An anti-Japanese minister who is loyal to the Emperor. He happens to be the cousin of Lee Deok-moon
- The minister of foreign affairs who happens to be the reason for deaths of Choi Yu-jin's parents.
- The uncle of Go Ae-shin who was minister in the royal palace. He was based in Japan and was supporting the Righteous army.
- A Korean-born geisha who is part of the Righteous army.
- Choi Jong-won as Heungseon Daewongun
- Yoon Kyung-ho as Dong-mae's father
- Kim Yong-ji as Hotaru
- A mute young Japanese fortune teller who ends up living together with Goo Dong-mae.
- An American missionary who helps Yu-jin escape to America and is a father-figure to Eugene.
- A Japanese man who works for Hwang Eun-san.
- An American missionary working as an English teacher in Joseon.
- The series is the third collaboration between writer Kim Eun-sook and director Lee Eung-bok, after Descendants of the Sun (2016) and Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016).
- The drama marks film actress Kim Tae-ri's small-screen debut.
- The drama was first pitched by Studio Dragon to SBS, but the latter passed on the project due to financial and advertising constraints.
- Kim Sa-rang was originally cast in the series, but backed out in February 2018 due to scheduling conflicts. She was replaced by Kim Min-jung.
- Filming began in September 2017 and took place in various parts of Korea including Busan, Daegu, Gokseong, Gyeongju and Hapcheon. Several sets solely devoted to the early 1900s setting of Korea was built on a 20,000 sq.m site in Nonsan, South Chungcheong Province, and another 6,600 a 20,000 sq.m site indoor set in Daejeon. 1000 extras were hired for a battle scene.
- This was originally planned in 2009 to be a sports-themed period drama set in the 1920s and 1930s, also featuring an American lead character. Shin Woo-chul, Kim Eun-sook's collaborator for the "Lovers" trilogy, was attached to be the director at the time.
|Soundtrack album by |
|Label||Stone Music Entertainment|
|Released on July 8, 2018|
|1.||"The Day" (그 날)||Park Hyo-shin||4:52|
|Released on July 15, 2018|
|1.||"Sad March" (슬픈 행진)||Elaine||5:25|
|Released on July 22, 2018|
|1.||"Days Without Tears" (눈물 아닌 날들)||Kim Yoon-ah||3:46|
|Released on July 29, 2018|
|1.||"Sori" (소리)||Lee Su-hyun (Akdong Musician)||5:02|
|Released on August 5, 2018|
|1.||"Good Day" (좋은 날)||MeloMance||5:31|
|Released on August 6, 2018|
|1.||"My Home (Eugene's Song)"||Savina & Drones||4:20|
|Released on August 12, 2018|
|1.||"Becoming The Wind" (바람이 되어)||Ha Hyun-sang||4:43|
|Released on August 13, 2018|
|1.||"Stranger" (이방인)||Park Won||3:53|
|Released on August 19, 2018|
|1.||"Shine Your Star (Prod. by Zico)"||o3ohn||3:35|
|Released on August 26, 2018|
|1.||"And I"||NU'EST W||3:55|
|Released on September 2, 2018|
|1.||"See You Again (Feat. Richard Yongjae O'Neill)"||Ha Melli||Baek Ji-young||3:48|
|Released on September 9, 2018|
|1.||"Beautiful As Fireworks" (불꽃처럼 아름답게)||Shin Seung-hun||4:30|
|Released on September 16, 2018|
|1.||"Lover" (정인 (情人))||Hen||Hen||Sejeong (Gugudan)||3:54|
|Released on September 23, 2018|
|1.||"If You Were Me"||Son Go-eun (Monotree)||Son Go-eun (Monotree), NOPARI (Monotree)||Ben||4:25|
|Released on September 30, 2018|
|1.||"How Can I Forget You" (어찌 잊으오)||Nam Hye-seung, Park Jin-ho||Nam Hye-seung, Park Jin-ho||Hwang Chi-yeul||4:41|
|1.||"Mr SunShine (Opening Title)"||Nam Hye Sung, Park Sang Hee||5:58|
|2.||"Wildflower"||Nam Hye Sung, Park Sang Hee||4:30|
|3.||"What is love?"||Nam Hye Sung, Park Sang Hee||2:36|
|4.||"Sad Waltz"||Nam Hye Sung, Park Sang Hee||3:20|
|5.||"With a flame"||Nam Hye Sung, Park Sang Hee||3:25|
|6.||"A side-by-side walk"||Nam Hye Sung, Park Sang Hee||3:07|
|7.||"The Era of Romance"||Nam Hye Sung, Park Sang Hee||4:53|
|8.||"Glory"||Nam Hye Sung, Park Sang Hee||5:07|
|9.||"Waiting"||Nam Hye Sung, Park Sang Hee||1:11|
|10.||"Greensleeves (MusicBox Drama ver.)"||Nam Hye Sung, Park Sang Hee||2:35|
|11.||"No Tears (Piano ver.)"||Nam Hye Sung, Park Sang Hee||2:38|
|12.||"One more Step"||Nam Hye Sung, Park Sang Hee||4:19|
|13.||"Sad End"||Nam Hye Sung, Park Sang Hee||4:53|
|14.||"A Lady and Haman house"||Nam Hye Sung, Park Sang Hee||2:37|
|15.||"Black Bird"||Nam Hye Sung, Park Sang Hee||3:07|
The series has been criticized for its inaccurate portrayal of historical facts, as well as portraying Joseon's culture as uncivilized and backwards. It was also accused of being "pro-Japanese"; by being an apologist for pro-Japanese collaborators before Japan's colonial rule of Korea as well as "romanticizing" the pro-Japanese stance through portraying the character Goo Dong-mae as a member of the Black Dragon Society, a pro-Japanese organization. The series was also criticized for enforcing stereotypes - portraying the Japanese as villains and the Americans as heroes.
The production house of Mr. Sunshine responded to the criticisms by stating that the organizations and characters portrayed in the series are fictional and that they will modify the character description of Goo Dong-mae accordingly.
In this table, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
|Ep.||Original broadcast date||Average audience share|
|1||July 7, 2018||8.852% (1st)||10.636% (1st)|
|2||July 8, 2018||9.691% (1st)||11.511% (1st)|
|3||July 14, 2018||10.082% (1st)||12.386% (1st)|
|4||July 15, 2018||10.567% (1st)||11.865% (1st)|
|5||July 21, 2018||10.835% (1st)||12.717% (1st)|
|6||July 22, 2018||11.713% (1st)||13.481% (1st)|
|7||July 28, 2018||11.114% (1st)||12.563% (1st)|
|8||July 29, 2018||12.330% (1st)||13.912% (1st)|
|9||August 4, 2018||11.695% (1st)||12.763% (1st)|
|10||August 5, 2018||13.534% (1st)||15.400% (1st)|
|11||August 11, 2018||12.792% (1st)||14.227% (1st)|
|12||August 12, 2018||13.399% (1st)||15.378% (1st)|
|13||August 18, 2018||13.327% (1st)||15.576% (1st)|
|14||August 19, 2018||15.626% (1st)||18.126% (1st)|
|15||August 25, 2018||12.893% (1st)||14.686% (1st)|
|16||August 26, 2018||15.023% (1st)||17.370% (1st)|
|17||September 1, 2018||7.694% (1st)||8.140% (1st)|
|18||September 2, 2018||14.722% (1st)||16.387% (1st)|
|19||September 8, 2018||14.114% (1st)||14.775% (1st)|
|20||September 9, 2018||16.500% (1st)||18.178% (1st)|
|21||September 15, 2018||14.280% (1st)||16.013% (1st)|
|22||September 16, 2018||16.588% (1st)||18.749% (1st)|
|23||September 29, 2018||15.419% (1st)||17.272% (1st)|
|24||September 30, 2018||18.129% (1st)||21.828% (1st)|
|Special||September 22, 2018||8.937%||9.404%|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2018||11th Korea Drama Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Lee Byung-hun||Nominated|||
|Best New Actress||Kim Tae-ri||Nominated|
|Best Original Soundtrack||"Days Without Tears" (Kim Yoon-ah)||Nominated|
|6th APAN Star Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Lee Byung-hun||Won|||
|Drama of the Year||Mr. Sunshine||Won|
|Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Yoo Yeon-seok||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Kim Min-jung||Won|
|Best New Actress||Kim Tae-ri||Won|
|2nd The Seoul Awards||Best Actor||Lee Byung-hun||Won|||
|Best Supporting Actor||Yoo Yeon-seok||Won|
|Best New Actress||Kim Tae-ri||Nominated|
|2019||55th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Drama||Mr. Sunshine||Nominated|||
|Best Director||Lee Eung-bok||Nominated|
|Best Actor||Lee Byung-hun||Won|
|Best Actress||Kim Tae-ri||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor||Yoo Yeon-seok||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Kim Min-jung||Nominated|
|Best Screenplay||Kim Eun-sook||Nominated|
|Technical Award||Kim So-yeon (Art)||Nominated|
|Lee Yong-seob (Special effects)||Nominated|
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Mr Sunshine will have 24 episodes in total.
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- Official website (in Korean)
- Mr. Sunshine on IMDb
- Mr. Sunshine at Daum (in Korean)
- Mr. Sunshine at HanCinema