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Title: 아이리스 / IRIS
Previously known as: 쉬리 / Shiri
Genre: Action, mystery, thriller, romance
Episodes: 20
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2009-Oct-14 to 2009-Dec-17
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55
Related Series : IRIS Series


Kim Hyun Joon is an assassin who belongs to a top secret organization known as the “NSS” whereas T.O.P is an assassin who works in another secret organization located in the United States called “IRIS” and was ordered to kill Hyun Joon. Seung Hee is a psychological analyst who plays an important role in bring Hyun Joon into the “NSS.” Jin Sa Woo is Hyun Joon’s colleague and falls in love with Seung Hee as well but keeps this to himself.



Lee Byung Hun as Kim Hyun Joon
Oh Eun Chan as Kim Hyun Joon (young)
Kim Tae Hee as Choi Seung Hee
Yoon Je Moon as Park Sang Hyung
Yoon Joo Sang as Oh Hyun Kyu
Kim Hye Jin as Yang Jung In
Hyun Jyu Ni as Yang Mi Jung
Na Yoon as Hwang Tae Sung
Kim Yoon Tae as Kim Sun Hwa’s interrogation agent
Sung Woong as NSS agent


Jung Joon Ho as Jin Sa Woo
Kim Young Chul as Baek San
T.O.P as Vick
Gil Geum Sung (길금성) as Eo Sung Shik
Im Hyung Joon as Jin Sa Woo’s subordinate
Ryu Seung Ryong as Head of IRIS mercenaries
David McInnis as Ray (IRIS Operations Team Leader)
Lee Jung Yong as military training instructor / IRIS mercenery
Son Jung Min as IRIS mercenery
Ito Masayuki as Japanese IRIS member

South Korea’s Blue House

Lee Jung Gil as Jo Myung Ho (president)
Jung Han Yong as Jung Hyung Joon (president’s male advisor)
Myung Ji Yun as Hong Soo Jin (president’s female advisor)
Jung Jong Joon as Kwan Oh Hyun
Park Yong Ki as Yoo Kang Oh

North Korea Party

Kim Seung Woo as Park Chul Young
Kim So Yun as Kim Sun Hwa
Choi Jong Hwan as Eon Gi Hoon
Jang Dong Jik as Kang Do Chul
Lee Un Jung as Baek Kyung Hwa
Kim Ho Seung (김호승) as terorist agent of North Korea
Yeo Ho Min as Oh Kwang Soo
Kim Min Chan (김민찬) as Kim Hyun Suk
Jo Won Hee (조원희) as Hong Seung Ryong
Lee Suk Goo (이석구) as Yoon Sung Chul
Park Soo Hyun as Park Joong Kwon
Jo Ji Hwan as North Korean agent
Kim Hyung Jong as North Korean agent

Other people

Kim Gab Soo as Yoo Jung Hoon
Yoo Min as Sato Eriko
Miyama Karen as Yuki
Jung Ho Bin as Kang Chul Hwan
Jo Han Chul as Captain Jung (ep.1)
Choi Jong Ryul (최종률) as Shin Yoo Sub (ep. 1)
Park Sung Taek as Japanese agent

Production Credits

Production Company: Taewon Entertainment
Director: Kim Kyu Tae, Yang Yoon Ho (양윤호)
Writers: Choi Wan Kyu, Kang Je Kyu
Screenwriters: Kim Jae Eun (김재은), Jo Kyu Won (조규원), Kim Hyun Joon (김현준)
Executive Producer: Choi Ji Young
Producer: Kim Young Jo


2010 3rd Korea Drama Awards: Best Producer Award (Jung Tae Won)
2010 5th Seoul International Drama Awards: Outstanding Korean Drama – Best Actor (Lee Byung Hun)
2010 46th Baeksang Arts Awards: Best TV Drama
2010 46th Baeksang Arts Awards: Best TV Drama Actor (Lee Byung Hun)
2009 KBS Drama Awards: Grand Prize (Lee Byung Hun)
2009 KBS Drama Awards: Novella Drama Excellence Award – Actress (Kim Tae Hee)
2009 KBS Drama Awards: Novella Drama Excellence Award – Actor (Jung Joon Ho and Kim Seung Woo)
2009 KBS Drama Awards: Best Supporting Actor (Yoon Joo Sang)
2009 KBS Drama Awards: Best Couple Award (Lee Byung Hun and Kim Tae Hee)


– Filming sites include Hungary, Russia, Japan, China and the U.S.
– The production cost for this drama is 20 million dollars, making it the most expensive Korean drama to date (10/2008).
– Japanese distribution rights for the drama series “Iris” was sold to TBS for a record ¥ 400,000,000 / ₩ 5,300,000,000 ($4.3 million USD).
– This drama is somewhat based on the film Shiri.

Episode Ratings

2009-10-14124.5 (2nd)25.4 (1st)
2009-10-15225.3 (1st)26.1 (1st)
2009-10-21327.9 (1st)29.3 (1st)
2009-10-22426.2 (1st)27.2 (1st)
2009-10-28529.6 (1st)30.3 (1st)
2009-10-29628.9 (1st)29.8 (1st)
2009-11-04730.7 (1st)31.1 (1st)
2009-11-05830.9 (1st)31.9 (1st)
2009-11-11932.7 (1st)33.3 (1st)
2009-11-121033.7 (1st)34.5 (1st)
2009-11-181134.1 (1st)34.9 (1st)
2009-11-191231.3 (1st)32.3 (1st)
2009-11-251332.0 (1st)32.5 (1st)
2009-11-261432.5 (1st)33.4 (1st)
2009-12-021534.7 (1st)35.5 (1st)
2009-12-031635.7 (1st)36.5 (1st)
2009-12-091737.2 (1st)39.1 (1st)
2009-12-101835.7 (1st)37.8 (1st)
2009-12-161935.0 (1st)36.4 (1st)
2009-12-172039.9 (1st)41.8 (1st)

Source: TNS Media Korea

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