Title: 불멸의 이순신 / Bulmyeolui Yi Soon-shin / The Immortal Lee Soon-Shin
Chinese Title: 不灭的李舜臣
Also known as: Immortal Admiral Yi Soon-shin / Immortal Yi Soon-shin
Episodes: 104 (+ 2 special programs)
Broadcast network: KBS1
Broadcast period: 2004-Sep-04 to 2005-Aug-28 (2005-Sep-04)
Air time: Saturday & Sunday 9:45 PM
Viewership rating: (peak: 33.1%) (average: 29.9%)
This drama will draw a real picture of the Joseon society, which was not well acquainted with the international situation at the time, in a bid to learn a lesson from this example.
In East Asia at the time, Ming was losing his influence gradually, while Yojin was emerging as the central power in Manchuria. In Japan, Nobunaga Oda died after putting an end to a 120-year civil war, and Hideyoshi Toyotomi took power and unified the entire Japan. During the civil war, Japan accepted the Western civilization and came in contact with quite a new weapon, harquebuses. Records have it that the military capabilities of Japan at the time were stronger than those of the European countries combined. Japan had the high ambition to conquer East Asia based on such military capabilities. Regrettably, there were not many people in Joseon who had a correct understanding of the international situation.
The drama will point out, first of all, these points as the primary causes of the 7-year Joseon-Japanese War and the ensuing bitter defeat. We are going to look into the life of Yi Sun-shin, Yu Seong-ryong and Won Gyun who went through such turbulent days as contemporaries. From this history, we are going to learn a lesson for today’s Korea, a small and weak nation in the dynamics of the international relations.
Producer: Jung Young Chul
Director: Lee Sung Joo, Kim Jung Gyu
Screenwriter: Yoon Sun Joo
Assistant director: Han Joon Seo, Lee So Yun, Song Hyun Wook, Kim Won Suk
Assistant screenwriter: Park Young Suk (박영숙), Yoon Young Soo (윤영수), Jang Ki Chang (장기창)
2006 The 33rd Korean Broadcasting Awards: Best TV Talent Kim Myung Min
2006 18th Producers Awards of Korea: Best Performer Kim Myung Min
2005 Grime Award: Best Actor Kim Myung Min
2005 KBS Drama Awards: Grand Prize Kim Myung Min
2004 The 4th KBS Right Language Awards: Kim Myung Min