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Mr. Sunshine

Title: 미스터 션샤인 / Mr. Sunshine
Genre: Historical, Military, Romance
Episodes: 24
Broadcast network: tvN
Broadcast period: 2018-July-07 to 2018-Sep-30
Air time: Saturday & Sunday 21:00


This is a pre-produced drama. Filming began on 2017-November.

Synopsis can be read here.


Main Cast

Lee Byung Hun as Choi Yoo Jin / Eugene Choi
Kim Kang Hoon as Yoo Jin (child)
Jun Jin Seo as Eugene (teen)
Kim Tae Ri as Go Ae Shin
Heo Jung Eun as Go Ae Shin (young)
Yoo Yun Suk as Goo Dong Mae
Choi Min Young as Dong Mae (young)
Kim Min Jung as Hee Na
Byun Yo Han as Kim Hee Sung

People around Eugene

Jo Woo Jin as Im Kwan Soo
David Lee McInnis as Kyle Moore
Jason Nelson (제이슨 넬슨) as Joseph Stenson
Go Woo Rim as Do Mi
Kim Min Jae as Do Mi (adult)

People around Ae Shin

Kim Eui Sung as Lee Wan Ik
Choi Moo Sung as Jang Seung Goo
Sung Yoo Bin as Jang Seung Goo (young)
Kim Gab Soo as Hwang Eun San
Lee Ho Jae as Go Sa Hong (Ae Shin’s grandfather)
Kim Na Woon as Madam Jo (Ae Shin’s aunt)
Park Ah In as Go Ae Soon (Ae Shin’s cousin)

People around Hee Sung

Kim Dong Gyoon as Kim Ahn Pyung (Hee Sung’s father)
Kim Hye Eun as Kang Ho Sun (Hee Sung’s mother)

Royal Family & Joseon Court

Lee Seung Joon as King Gojong
Choi Jong Won as Heungseon Daewongun
Kang Shin Il as Lee Jung Moon
Choi Jin Ho as Lee Se Hoon


Jang Dong Yoon as Joon Young
Yoon Kyung Ho as Jang Seung Goo’s father
Jin Sun Kyu as Dong Mae’s father
Kim In Woo as Ito Hirobumi
Fabien as Leo (fencing instructor)
Bae Jeong Nam as Choon Shik
Kim Byung Chul as Il Shik
Shin Jung Geun as Servant
Kim Nam Hee (김남희) as Takashi Mori
Lee Jung Eun as Haman Daek
Park Bo Mi (박보미) as Yoon Nam Jong
Yoon Joo Man as Yoojo
Oh Ah Yeon as So Ah
Kim Yong Ji
Lee Joo Bin
Kim Si Eun
Seo Yoo Jung as Hong Pa
Kwon Hyuk
Lee Shi Hoon as Go
Lee Jung Hyun as Tsuda
Jung Min Ah
Choi Yoo Song as Court lady Yoon
Ha Eun Soo as Gisaeng
Kim Ji Hoon as Takshi Mori’s son
Yoon Ji On as student soldier
Kim Joo Ryung as Soonhunwhanggwibi Eom
Tak Woo Suk as Jin Gook
Choi Da In as Soon Sim
Seol Woo Hyung as righteous army kid
Yoon Byung Hee as Kim Yong Joo
Choi Young Woo


Kim Eung Soo as Kim Pan Suh (Hee Sung’s grandfather)
Lee Shi Ah as Yoo Jin’s mother (ep.1)
Jin Goo as Ae Shin’s father (ep.1)
Kim Ji Won as Ae Shin’s mother (ep.1)
Ji Seung Hyun as Song Young (ep.1)
Im Se Mi as Dong Mae’s mother (ep.3)
Baek Sang Hee as Takashi Mori’s wife (ep.21)
Jung Seung Kil as Lee Wan Yong (ep.22)

Production Credits

Production Company: Studio Dragon
Chief Producer: Yoon Ha Rim
Director: Lee Eung Bok
Screenwriter: Kim Eun Sook


  • Lee Byung Hun makes a TV comeback through this drama after 9 years.

  • Screenwriter Kim Eun Sook and director Lee Eung Bok previously worked together in 2016 tvN drama series Goblin and 2016 KBS2 drama series Descendants of the Sun.

  • Kim Sa Rang was cast to play a major female supporting character role, but had to drop out due to scheduling issues. Kim Min Jung was then cast to play the same role.


2019 55th Baeksang Arts Awards: Best Actor – Lee Byung Hun (Mr. Sunshine)
2018 2nd The Seoul Awards: Best Supporting Actor – Yoo Yun Suk (Mr. Sunshine)
2018 2nd The Seoul Awards: Best Actor – Lee Byung Hun (Mr. Sunshine)
2018 6th APAN Star Awards: Drama of the Year – Mr. Sunshine
2018 6th APAN Star Awards: Grand Prize (Daesang) – Lee Byung Hun (Mr. Sunshine)
2018 6th APAN Star Awards: Best Supporting Actress – Kim Min Jung (Mr. Sunshine)
2018 6th APAN Star Awards: Best New Actress – Kim Tae Ri (Mr. Sunshine)

Episode Ratings

Date Episode AGB TNmS
2018-07-07 1 8.852 8.5
2018-07-08 2 9.691 10.8
2018-07-14 3 10.082 10.1
2018-07-15 4 10.567 11.4
2018-07-21 5 10.835 10.6
2018-07-22 6 11.713 11.1
2018-07-28 7 11.114 10.8
2018-07-29 8 12.330 12.0
2018-08-04 9 11.695 12.2
2018-08-05 10 13.534 12.9
2018-08-11 11 12.792 12.5
2018-08-12 12 13.399 13.2
2018-08-18 13 13.327 12.8
2018-08-19 14 15.626 15.4
2018-08-25 15 12.893 12.6
2018-08-26 16 15.023 14.8
2018-09-01 17 7.694 -
2018-09-02 18 14.722 -
2018-09-08 19 14.114 -
2018-09-09 20 16.500 -
2018-09-15 21 14.280 -
2018-09-16 22 16.588 -
2018-09-29 23 15.419 -
2018-09-30 24 18.129 -

Sources: TNmS Media Korea & AGB Nielsen Korea (Nationwide)

*** Different between TNmS Media Korea & AGB Nielson – Here

*** Note: This drama is aired on Pay-TV channel which has fewer viewers than Free-TV channels. So, please don’t be surprised with the low rating. ***


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Official Poster

Official Trailer
Trailer I
Trailer II
Trailer III
Trailer IV

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  1. 1 : MaxT Says:

    Looks like it’s a big budget drama and will watch it for sure.

    Can’t wait…

  2. 2 : mei Says:

    One of the most-awaited and most-discussed/hyped dramas. I’m sure it will be amazing–writer & director never disappoints. Hope a lot will support this just like their previous works. Looking forward to watch.

  3. 3 : Heba Says:

    Waiting for this masterpiece ❤

  4. 4 : lclarakl Says:

    On my list to watch–looks good.

  5. 5 : OK OK OK Says:

    i like Lee Byung Hun and his acting but i dislike army war drama.
    If the drama is good happy ending, then I will watch. 😛

  6. 6 : Jay Says:

    Sadly the military clothing’s are totally inaccurate.

  7. 7 : webstagram Says:

    I wonder how the Korean netizen would react with this drama of Lee Byung Hun after his scandal. I don’t really like this time, I prefer very old or very modern, not in this middle. But if it’s a nice movie, I’d love to watch.

  8. 8 : เรื่องย่อซีรีส์ : Mr. Sunshine (2018) Says:

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  9. 9 : Mr. Sunshine, o novo drama romantico histórico da tvN Says:

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  10. 10 : Hyeongnam Says:

    Kim Tae Ri is why I’m watching this drama. Her last movie “Little Forest” was a nice little postcard flick that I enjoyed very much.

  11. 11 : Hyeongnam Says:

    A lot of money spent on the first episode and it is impressive. The cinematography is beautiful.

  12. 12 : NoonaNa Says:

    The production team didn’t do enough research for this drama, they the WRONG AMERICAN FLAG. At 1871 US didn’t have their 50 stars on the flag.

  13. 13 : Hyeongnam Says:

    The OST “The Day” by Park Hyo Shin: https://youtu.be/o3YpD6VQjns?list=RDo3YpD6VQjns&t=39

  14. 14 : Jane Says:

    Lee byong hun- i can stomach him in action type but not in love story. I don’t care about his scandal but then I can’t see him being so lovey and faithful in a love story drama.

  15. 15 : Mr. Sunshine OST (Ongoing) | A Transient Wanderer Says:

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  16. 16 : MisterFOx Says:

    This is high budget drama, i like it, but not love it for now, let see next episode..

  17. 17 : Tattoo Says:

    Oh ooh !! Wrong era American flag and also wrong military uniforms depicted??

    Just as well I lost interest in watching Lee Byung Hun’s works just as my respect for him eroded after his scandalous behavior.

  18. 18 : Hyeongnam Says:

    At episode 3, still a lot of reminiscing. But I like the song at the end (“The Day”). Up to the chorus it is really, really good, but he drops the ball in the last half of the song when the melody aimlessly waffles on offering nothing but banality.

    The characters are not pulling me in but I love the atmosphere. Every scene is beautiful.

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  20. 20 : Hyeongnam Says:

    Some lyrics from Park Hyo Shin’s “The Day” OST of this drama.

    In spite of the cruel sunshine

    The spring was beautiful on a bloody field
    The petals bloom red

    On the day when all winds stop

    The day when I’m allowed to yearn for you
With a heart of stone, I will call you

  21. 21 : tigerb Says:

    interesting series!

  22. 22 : Hyeongnam Says:

    Historical info: The Americans went to Joseon from Japan in 1871, to establish trade relations and to find out what had happened to the crew of the ship mentioned in episode one (the SS General Sherman) sunk in 1866.

    During negotiations between Joseon and the Americans on June 1 1871, one of the American ships was fired upon. And on June 10 the battle that neutralised Gangwha Island’s forts began.

    This was the battle depicted in the first episode where the young gunner fought alongside his father. Later, he was to be Lady Go Ae Shin’s mentor. He instructed her in the use of sniper firearm.

    The Joseon casualties were 243 and 20 prisoners taken but later were released. On the American side 3 killed and 10 wounded.

    If the historical data is accurate then, in my opinion, the demise of Joseon was due to King Gojong’s father who ruled through his son with arrogance and hubris. The Americans were technologically more advanced and Joseon could have taken advantage of them and armed its military with advanced weapons ahead of the Japanese in 1875. Joseon soldiers were still using flint rifles.

  23. 23 : tigerb Says:

    @Hyeongnam #22: you maybe right. after reading a brief biography of king gojong at wikipedia, the king who took over his father’s rule could not do much to assert sovereignty when many foreigners were all over trying to get a piece of his country, traitors getting piece of the action, and the people were suffering.

  24. 24 : Hyeongnam Says:

    Lady Ae Shin adds a touch of class. She is strong and beautiful. A patriot and very direct unlike her betrothed whom she imagined then later uttered to his face as: A fair-skinned and fragile weakling. What’s there not to like about this young woman?

    Ae Shin’s encounters with Eugene are equally fascinating. The conversations are like navigating a minefield; brutally honest yet much is kept hidden.

    We are made aware of “betrayal” at the beginning marked by the assassination of Lady Ae Shin’s parents. And then Ae Shin’s mentor advises her to not trust anyone including himself.

    Then there’s the betrayer extraordinaire, the Joseon Judas Lee Wan-Ik, who could not get the Americans to cooperate in bringing down Joseon, turned Japanese—literally. He and Eugene have something in common; they both despise Joseon. But unlike Eugene the Lee Wan-Ik is willing to profit off the blood of Joseon men, women and children.

  25. 25 : Hyeongnam Says:

    And so it appears Eugene’s motive for striking a romantic relationship with Lady Ae Shin is revenge. Not a good but perhaps that will change.

  26. 26 : anb Says:

    totally into this drama!!! i never thought KTR would be potrayed Ae Shin very well and really has a good chemistry with LBH eventhought they have a long gap age. My heart beats so fast everytime I saw Eugene showed his affection to Ae Shin, the way he looks at Ae Shin and the way he protects Ae Shin. Im wishing for happy and for Choi Eugene and Ae Shin

  27. 27 : Hyeongnam Says:

    To me, Kim Tae Ri’s facial expressions are easier to read and her range in that regard is broad. She almost didn’t have to speak. I would go so far to say that her Ae Shin is what created the chemistry that we’re starting to see.

    In spite of the criticism levelled at her, Ae Shin is not “a noble fool who lives in luxury”. Unlike some of her fellow Joseons like the butcher’s son Dong Mae and even Eugene Choi both gripped with bitterness and deep resentment, Ae Shin who tragically lost her own parents holds to the belief that aspiring towards the highest good makes one truly human. This was evidenced by her reference to Confucius that every life is precious. Every life is precious because of its potential to be something much, much more; to reach the ultimate good.

    But not to confuse the ideal with pacifism. They are not the same.

  28. 28 : brownie Says:

    I’m totally digging this drama. Cinematography is magnificent. Also, shout out to Yoo Yun Suk! He’s a really hot yakuza.

  29. 29 : Ally Says:

    Agreed, super & beautiful Cinematography!!

    For story line, we couldn’t compare it with Descendants of the Sun! Apple and orange!! It is totally different era and war background. It’s about survival of oneself and sacrifice for country. Romance is not the ultimate in life in that century!

  30. 30 : MuSyZu Says:

    When I’m commenting here its mean that the Drama is so good.
    Amazing cinematography, great story line and background story.

  31. 31 : syinshod Says:

    9 from 10 for this drama.
    Cinematography, story, casts, aaaahhh everything about this drama are sooooo da bbong!!!

  32. 32 : Kahlan Lee Says:

    I’m currently watching episode 7. Episodes 1 and two blew me away. The cinematography is still excellent up to this episode but I’m expecting action scenes and only a few so far was shown. It’s getting boring.

  33. 33 : Hyeongnam Says:

    Episode 8 . . . sweeeeet!
    In the previous episode there was a four-way romance between Ae Shin, Eugene, Dong Mae and her fiancé. But Dong Mae threw it away when he—perhaps unwittingly—shot Ae Shin in the leg. So now it’s to be a love triangle.

    And how long will that last? Ae Shin is already giving her heart to Eugene. Eugene said they can stop if it proved too tough on her. To which she responded: “Not today. Today, we shall take the next step.”

    I think the fiancé (Kim Hee Sung) really ought to give up. He’s clueless about love and I suspect like his father and grandfather may never know love.

  34. 34 : tigerb Says:

    kim hee is more concerned of confirming what he has learned what happened in the past that his grandfather and parents did, and what eugene told him that hee sung inherits the karma of his elders. let’s see if he can man up against eugene on that score alone.

  35. 35 : Aleesya Says:

    For me Goo Dong Mae outperform everybody in this drama.. he also look dashing in samurai outfit 😍😍

  36. 36 : za Says:

    master piece.

  37. 37 : Hyeongnam Says:

    +Aleesya #35
    I agree, Dong Mae is a charismatic samurai. But I think the actor (Yoo Yun Suk) brings a certain charm to the role. I can imagine that it must be difficult to play a thug and ruthless killer at the same time, take on somewhat a diplomat’s role as part of his job description. An interesting character.

  38. 38 : Hyeongnam Says:

    In a conversation between Hee Sung and Captain Eugene Choi, it became clear to Hee Sung that the unease he’s been trying to figure out between himself and Eugene was in part due to the liaison that has developed between Ae Shin and Eugene. And earlier he saw that Dong Mae is also attracted to Ae Shin.

    Toward the end of the encounter between the three men, Eugene and Hee Sung remained. Hee Sung is trying to piece together Eugene’s reason for asking about servants that served his grandfather 30 years in the past. He was really trying to understand Eugene’s anger, but was careful not to prod too much.

    Eugene disclosed a lot more than he probably intended, revealing he was 9 years old when Hee Sung’s grandfather had ordered he watch his parents receive their punishment. Grandfather:“The child must bear its parents’ sin too.”

    Eugene warned Hee Sung not to get between himself and his dealings with Hee Sung’s parents unless he wishes to suffer the sins of his parens.

    Eugene impresses upon Hee Sung the weight of the matter:“One may think that his own problem is bigger than anyone else’s. But when there’s a man in front of you whose heart has been ripped out, you shouldn’t say you’re hurt.”

    Now Hee Sung will think about all that he has learned, and we will see what he does with it. I think he will be either a machiavellian type adversary or he will submit to the shame of being born in a family that did so many bad things. I suspect, Hee Sung’s grandfather had a role with those who murdered Lady Ae Shin’s parents.

  39. 39 : petty Says:

    great drama ….worry at beginning but when i saw it ….all worries disappear…

  40. 40 : Hyeongnam Says:

    Eugene acts meek before Ae Shin’s servants who were doing their best to intimidate him. Lol!

    Another funny scene was when the hotel’s owner hears the sound of a music-box from Eugene’s room thinking Eugene’s guest is a man—it was Ae Shin dressed as a man—she muttered at how “awkward” it must be. Her thinking was that listening to music is not quite the appropriate pastime for two men in the intimate setting of a hotel room.

    There was a great deal of light-hearted scenes as Eugene and Ae-shin began their courtship. But at the end of the episode (#9) the feeling was somewhat heavy when Eugene revealed his history and social status prior to his escape by US military ship bound for America.

  41. 41 : Ally Says:

    Eventhough I don’t like his character in this story, but I can’t deny Yoo Yun Suk has the best acting in this drama so far!! The way he expressed himself is deeply felt. Incredible acting! Fighting!!

  42. 42 : pineapple Says:

    love this drama so much, i do not like Lee Byung hun and Yoo Yunsuk before watch this drama, but i love him so much now, the chemistry of the casts are great, their performance are deabak!! i love them all, the best drama 2018 so far

  43. 43 : Nag Says:

    Both actor and actress acts well!

  44. 44 : Hyeongnam Says:

    One of the poignant scenes was when after hearing her grandfather rebuke the nobles that visited him, later at her training camp, Ae Shin prayed to her parents. She begins;

    Who gave me my looks and my ability to shoot so accurately?
    I cannot miss you because I do not even know your faces.

    Are you two there together?
    You left me all alone like this.
    Are you happy that you’re together?

    Please visit me even if it’s in a dream.
    Tell me to come to my senses.
    You can scold me all you want.

    I was so moved by that last line when I read it I immediately choked up with a lump in my throat. Here was Ae Shin desperate for the comfort of her parent’s arms as she goes through probably the most difficult time of her life; the pain of separation from her beloved. Ae Shin is an emotional wreck as is Eugene that his impulse is to run far away from Joseon. But, we know he won’t.

  45. 45 : Hyeongnam Says:

    An odd thing is that 5 years earlier in 1894 slavery was abolished in Joseon. I’m interested to find out how Ae Shin’s and Eugene’s class issue is resolved. If he took the civil servant position that the King offered him, it elevates his social status. But I don’t think he will take the position. And I would prefer that Eugene remain loyal to the US Marine Corp while helping out the Righteous Army of Joseon. After all, the Marine Corp made the slave boy into the first class officer and gentleman that he is, worthy of the noble woman Lady Ae Shin.

  46. 46 : Precious Says:


  47. 47 : Hyeongnam Says:

    Dong Mae’s mother is played by the very beautiful Im Se Mi. I wonder if he will get to reunite with his mother; if she were still alive. And on the same topic, Lee Jung-Moon mentioned he has people looking for Hina’s mother though Hina didn’t appear hopeful.

    I am curious about Hee-Sung. While he may turn nasty he has some good in him. He seem genuinely perturbed by the terrible things that his family had done in the past, which suggests he has an active conscience that keeps him up at night.

    Dong Mae doesn’t tolerate disparaging remarks about Ae Shin and he will draw his sword to relieve the casual critic of a body part. It is somewhat pitiful because Ae Shin doesn’t know of that side of Dong Mae and his unrequited love for her.

    Many scenes in this drama is packed with information I had to watch the episodes at least 3 times to wrap my head around it all. Geeze it is so good.

  48. 48 : Hyeongnam Says:

    It was another poignant moment when after a decade the Gunner (Seung Goo) asks forgiveness of Lady Ae Shin for his rough treatment of her:

    Seung Goo: My lady, if people learn how close we are, I will be charged for breaking all moral laws. I will be killed for mistreating someone beyond my social rank.

    It has nothing to do with how you feel. That’s the law, my lady.

    Meaning, regardless of how Ae Shin felt about it he would be punished, which reminded me of the internet meme: “Facts don’t care about your feelings”. Gunner is implying that Joseon’s law and moral code of conduct would never permit her union with Eugene Choi.

  49. 49 : Hyeongnam Says:

    The King has an idea and I suspect it involves engaging Eugene in the service of Joseon. I suspect that will bring Eugene together with Ae Shin. Her grandfather was the King’s mentor. So, this maybe how their class issue is resolved eventually; by royal decree. Just my speculation. Lol!

  50. 50 : Hiam Says:

    Dong Mae is so cool! (rooting for him actually)
    Eugene so dashing! (Luv how he contains his passion as a true gentleman should)
    Ae Shin so captivating!
    Though the show moves rather slowly, luv the cinematography. The script, much like prose and poetry, simply relishing. Each memorable verse lingers and fills me with amazement how one can write so well.
    Don’t want it to end and don’t want a sad ending plz!

  51. 51 : Hyeongnam Says:

    #50 @Hiam — Dong Mae grew on me too. I really like the character. In the previews Dong Mae is bloodied, it appears he’s being tortured. And it looks like perhaps someone close to Eugene dies. I wondered if it was his old friend the missionary Joseph Stenson (the actor was not credited).

    It looks like Ae Shin and Eugene can’t stay away from each other. Lol! All that they so eloquently expressed to go separate ways and the nights shedding tears into a pillow, wiped away by the decision to go away for what we call today as “a dirty weekend”. . . hehehe.

    “Each memorable verse lingers and fills me with amazement how one can write so well.”
    I could not have said it so well Hiam. Thank you.

  52. 52 : Hyeongnam Says:

    Ae Shin: The day when we first met on the roof . . . I guess I was in need of a rebellious romance. What was your reason?
    Eugene: My incompetence?

    Ae Shin is refreshingly forward with Eugene. She takes the reign. The “dirty weekend” (as I like to call it) was her idea. And the confession about her subconscious desire to enter into a romantic union with Eugene at their first meeting on the roof is Ae Shin being completely relaxed with Eugene.

    Eugene contributed much to allay all Ae Shin’s fears about him. In one conversation she asked: You said that you’d take the path that would ruin Joseon. So why did you return it (the emperor’s bank certificate)?

    Eugene: I guess it was to make you turn around once more, like you did just now.
    It was Eugene admitting that he did it for her. Now Ae Shin is aware that not only has Eugene given up on venting his anger on Joseon, but that this was a confession of his love for her.

  53. 53 : Hyeongnam Says:

    The last scene of episode #13, so sad. Joseph was a father to Eugene. So heartbroken.

  54. 54 : NoonaNa Says:

    Ep 13 last scene was really heartbroken. Made me shed a tear… Joseph was more than a father to Eugene, he was so much more, close to a savior.

  55. 55 : Hyeongnam Says:

    King Gojong didn’t or would not send a security detail to protect his mentor (Ae Shin’s grandfather) whose life is now in jeopardy.

    And Gojong could have used the Righteous Army to ensure the delivery of his message to the US government given the palace and the American legation office was compromised by the Japanese. And because the Japanese don’t know the members of the RA, they were his best option.

    So far, Gojong’s efforts are half-hearted at best. He never thinks outside the box.

    The question now is; will Ae Shin carry out the order to kill Eugene? Of course she won’t kill her beloved.

    It is a really dumb move in the first place. And Gojong should NOT be calling the play because he is an incompetent fool like his father. Why was his play crap? It’s because instead of going after Eugene, they should capture Joseph’s killer and have him give up Wan-Shik. He’s an opium addict . . . he will give him up for a fix. Then they can purge the palace of the spies that Wan-Shik planted there. They stand a better chance of accomplishing that goal with Eugene alive, not dead.

    That’s my analysis. How it will actually play out, we shall see in the next episode.

  56. 56 : Chae Won Says:

    Loving this awesome drama.

  57. 57 : Hyeongnam Says:

    Ae Shin memorised a passage from Joseph Stenson’s letter which she then used to console Eugene;

    “Dear great and noble one.
    My son.
    Wherever you are, I will pray for you.
    Even on the nights when I don’t pray,
    I hope that God is always with you.”

  58. 58 : majoy Says:

    awesome…its a drama that would make you listen to the exchange of conversation between ltwo confused lovers on what to give up…feelings or ideals…what do you think will prevail in this drama…i hope the lady will learn to compromise with Eugene…ahhh..another refreshing role for Byung Hun

  59. 59 : Hyeongnam Says:

    #23 tigerb — Gojong’s father (Heungseon Daewongun) wasn’t just arrogant, he was friggin delusional.

    First, he didn’t properly assess the strength of the enemy (American fleet). It’s as if he never read Sun Tzu. Then when the Joseon defense was brutally defeated by the Americans, instead of conceding, Heungseon framed the outcome of the battle as a “fruitful defeat” for Joseon and “diplomatic loss” for the Americans.

    Gojong’s father was really delusional and a nut case.

    It’s understandable that Seung-Goo (Ae Shin’s mentor) hated GoJong and would have shot him had Eugene not stopped him. But it was Gojong’s father who made the decision to abandon the Joseon prisoners of war.

  60. 60 : Hyeongnam Says:

    After seeing the man who betrayed her parents, Ae Shin berates the potter:

    “An American died at his hands, and another has put his life on the line.
    A girl who lost her parents must step back in agony,
    even though her mortal enemy is only a few feet away.
    i hope the decision you make brings better result than my fury.”

  61. 61 : Hyeongnam Says:

    I wondered about the writing on the back of the photograph:

    “When the plum trees bloomed. Together with so-and-so.”

    I wondered if Ae Shin’s mother was a royal.

  62. 62 : tigerb Says:

    @Hyeongnam #59: too bad Gojong’s father was like that, made his son’s reign go downhill fast.

  63. 63 : Hyeongnam Says:

    @tigerb — Gojong’s father was partly responsible for the murder of Gojong’s Queen Min. And Gojong met his own end in 1919 while under confinement in Japan.

    Well, well, well. Ae Shin admitted to her grandfather that she’s in love with Eugene. Woah! That is a big deal and it has speeded up the pace of the drama just right.

    And what Hee-Sung did for Ae Shine was really magnanimous. These characters have grown on me. Gonna be tough when the drama ends.

    For taking a stand against the foreign usurpers even at an advanced age, Ae Shin’s grandfather is a true nobleman. He deserved every bit the respect of his countrymen.

  64. 64 : Lila Says:

    I really like this drama. The production, the script, the cast are outstanding and show great quality and refinement.

  65. 65 : KaronAdams Says:

    As an American and with Family in the Navy, there are few technical details that bother me. the Flag would have NEVER been buried, for example. it would have been folded and given to the next of kin before lowering the coffin. a few times when Eugene was wearing his cap indoors (NEVER) or not wearing it outdoors (ALWAYS) and a Navy man NEVER has his hands in his pockets. if they are not in use, they are behind his back.

    That’s just American Military nitpic (except burying the flag, that is all but treacherous).

    but the story is terrific. and the formula, very like Goblin. three men, two women. primary & Secondary love story and a rich man in the cold righting wrongs. I DO like the visual style of the director (He has a thing for the fruit flowers) and the light. I have never been to Korea, is the light there so changeable? it is beautiful. When I was first learning photography, I heard a master photographer say “It is all about the light and where you are in the light” the cinematography under this director is very much about beautiful light and I love it.

    it makes me sad that Koreans see this as too pro Japanese. From what I see as an American (and I may be seeing it differently) Japan has been, from the very start the evil force in it all.

    unlike most Americans, I have not bought intot he post WWII whitewash of Japan. my grandfather was at Bata’an. Japan is not my friend.

    in studying Asian History, I have always considered Japan to be an enemy force. I can see their reasoning but they have always been the invading force, against Russia, against China and always abusing Korea in the process.

    unfortuneately, it makes me wonder, knowing the history that will take place shortly after this story, how this series can have a happy ending?

  66. 66 : Hyeongnam Says:

    @Lila — So what’s wrong with the drama? (rhetorical).
    As a general rule (for myself) when the audience’s comments centre on the technical/production and little on the story and it’s narrative, I tend to think the production has failed to engage its audience in something deeper than a mere exhibition of their craft.

    I’m biased. I love the period and period dramas in general, so I’d like another’s perspective.

    In a previous episode Ae Shin reminded Eugene that she is Lady Ae Shin and will remain so till the day she dies. In episode #16, grandfather forbade her union with Eugene, especially after learning of Eugene’s slave origin. Grandfather orders Ae Shin not to marry and to “grow old all alone. You will be excruciatingly lonely for the rest of your life.” He tells her it’s the ramification of her decision and Ae Shin submits. like the true noble woman that she is.

    Why is it good that Ae Shin was obedient to her grandfather? Confucian ethics aside; grandfather’s mind won’t be fighting her’s, even after he condemns her to life of excruciating loneliness, he will be looking for a way to alleviate her suffering because that is the nature of love. And Ae Shin’s grandfather loves her.

    Oh the heart break.

  67. 67 : Hyeongnam Says:

    There were many iterations of the Righteous Army. It looks like the sons of the Yangban’s (aristocracy) killed by the Japanese are seeking training in firearms to fight the Japanese. I think those guys—one of whom took note of Eugene at the pawn shop—looks to be coming under Eugene’s tutelage. Does this mean he will be training recruits for the Righteous Army too?

  68. 68 : Chae Won Says:

    Kim Hye-Eun; what a fine actress. When Hee-Sung was telling his parents to anull his engagement with Ae-shin and that he knows everything, including how his family treated Yu-jin’s family, Hye-Eun as Hee-Sung’s mother was outstanding.

    The drama and the director brings out the best performances from the cast.

  69. 69 : Hyeongnam Says:

    @KaronAdams — I enjoyed reading your comment. Thank you for the different perspective and the facts about the Navy. Captain Eugene Choi was a Marine but the things about the flag and caps . . . good to know. Thank you.

  70. 70 : Barbara Says:

    Is this available in So California?

  71. 71 : Patricia Kitson Says:

    I really like this drama. Every weekend I look forward to seeing Eugene’s face – he has the most amazingly cool and expressive face I’ve ever seen in a Korean actor. He is perfect for this role and I applaud the producer and team for selecting such an excellent cast for this series. This is my number one drama for 2018. I just can’t wait for the weekend for the next episodes! t.

  72. 72 : karen Says:

    Go Dong Mae is making me cry… I can feel the loneliness in his eyes. Yoo Yeon Seok is doing a great job his facial emotions just says it all.

    I also love the bromance between Eugene-Dong Mae- Hui Seong

  73. 73 : Robyn Ainsley Says:

    Ae Shin and Eugene make no demands on each other. Eugene is content to be in Ae Shin’s life for however long their fate permits. And while Ae Shin can see they have no future together due to their respective social class, she can’t help falling in love with Eugene. So sweet.

  74. 74 : Hyeongnam Says:

    Episode #19; And so the struggle to defend their nation against the ruthless Empire of Japan begins. Ae Shin in battle mode team up with the other resistance fighters. Colonel Takashi Mori and his obedient sycophant Lee Wan-Ik, the evil who trades with the blood of his countrymen begin to wreak havoc on Joseon.

    More Japs arrive and they look like Goo Dong-Mae’s superiors.

  75. 75 : Hyeongnam Says:

    Grandfather’s last words to Ae Shin: “You must live, Ae-Shin.”
    The way he said her name was heartbreaking.

  76. 76 : Hyeongnam Says:

    My heart hurts.

  77. 77 : Sheila Garred Says:

    LOVE this show. Learning how much I never knew about Asia. Just one thing bothers me: the sub-titles. As an American, I know that the modern slang they use is totally inaccurate for 1904, such as: stressed out, scumbag and getting the short straws. (had straws been invented by then?) So I’m wondering if the script, as written in Korean, also uses historically inaccurate language?

  78. 78 : Nick Fury Says:

    @Sheila Garred – “. . . had straws been invented by then?” That’s funny.

    “. . . I’m wondering if the script, as written in Korean, also uses historically inaccurate language?”
    I don’t speak Korean but in the dialog were definitely terms derived from the English language.

  79. 79 : BUNNY Says:


  80. 80 : tigerb Says:

    per wikipedia, paper straws were invented in 1888. as to the english subs, i remember period s.k. dramas subbed in old british language. i’d rather have the american english subs as i’m familiar with it. besides, english subs is the only way i can understand the drama, although some grammar are forgivable!

  81. 81 : Hyeongnam Says:

    Colonel Mori was telling Eugene that the first thing he will do when he returns from Japan is to track down Ae-Shin. He went on to say that as Joseon is the weaker nation to Japan, it is axiomatic that women will be hurt, though he meant Ae-Shin will be hurt.

    But what did he mean by the term “hurt”?
    Takashi’s words were: “. . . the young woman who was once a noble will get hurt again. Both her body and soul, inevitably.”
    He means to subject Ae-Shin to RAPE followed by a unimaginably painful death. There is no reason to think that Takashi Mori wasn’t thinking that way. He and his men would do what their ancestors did to the Joseon people in 1592-1598, when Japan sent 160,000 soldiers to invade Joseon. The head count of the Joseons indiscriminately killed at that time was 214,752. The women were savagely raped and brutally killed.

    Not to demonise Japan alone, I’s be remiss not mention that in the Middle East and India the atrocities were equally savage but on a larger scale. Historians estimates 80 million Hindus perished at the hands of jihadists and a grand total 3-4 times that number if we include the casualties in the ME.

    There were heart warming moments in #21 when Ae-Shin confessed her love for Eugene. Phew! Glad to hear her say it. All is well again for me. I can endure the rest of this drama so long as they remain true to each other. I mean it’s how direct they are when expressing their feelings and their ability to read the other so well amidst the turmoil of the time, is what makes this drama really good.

    And yet I think what really defines Ae-Shin the noblewoman is her compassion and warrior-like spirit which informs her decision to not abandon her countrymen while they suffer under an oppressive regime. It was the same guiding principle that moved Joseph Stenson to extend his hand to Joseon. I really admire the ethos of the Righteous Army. They inspire me.

  82. 82 : Park jun sung Says:

    Day by day to the end, the story become more attractive and very good. 😍😍😍
    Fighting Mr. Sunshine crew!!!
    Btw, i really live Baek ji Young Song’s “See You Again”. The song is georgeous!

  83. 83 : Precious Says:


  84. 84 : Chae Won Says:

    @Precious—If a drama was produced to alleviate your boredom; would we be just as entertained? Let that sink in.

  85. 85 : Centilevre Says:

    Trivia: The ragtime tune playing in the background after the young Choi Yu-Jin convinced Joseph Stenson to take him in, was composed by Scott Joplin. However in 1871 Scott was a 4 year-old. His tune, “The Entertainer”, was released in 1902 when he was a 32 year-old. American patrons at the Glory Hotel in 1902 did appear to have played the tune to death on the hotel piano.

    I personally am always annoyed when I hear that tune. I think probably because of the hype.

  86. 86 : Park JS Says:

    Does anyone know the title of the song when Eugene is talking with a ceramic maker next to Mr. Jang’s grave, in episode 23? it’s like a woman’s voice in English. I was confused about writing the lyrics because I didn’t understand what she was singing. it’s like a melo song but ends with a song that evokes enthusiasm, I think. Oh … and the song was also played in Mr.’sunshine trailer. Check this trailer: https://youtu.be/MHa0aw1odvE
    Does anyone know the title ??? I’m very frustrated in looking for it. T.T

  87. 87 : Waving Not Drowning Says:

    Yang Hwa (Hina), for me was the saddest of all the passing. I don’t know why her death affected me the most. Perhaps it was the uncommon valour she showed at the end. Or perhaps she never got the things she really wanted out of life. She found her mother only she had passed. The scars on her body suggested an abusive husband and/or father. Her yearning for love never came.

    Despite all that she went through in her short life, she did not submit to the bitter fruit of resentment, remaining dignified and noble to the end.

    Going to miss the characters of this drama. They’ve left an indelible mark in my psyche.

  88. 88 : Waving Not Drowning Says:

    @Park JS. Perhaps it will come as OST 15 or 16.

  89. 89 : sarah Says:

    😭😭😭why its a sad ending

  90. 90 : pineapple Says:

    The Best Korean Melodrama Ever !!!!

  91. 91 : Union Gap Says:

    When he returned, after 3 years abroad, their love was so intense, yet it remained platonic. Hey FFS, she fantasised (what she called dreams) nightly during those years of separation (that’s physical separation) it got painful for her (the physical separation).

    Ummm . . at that intensity of a desire for physical union, nature (the procreation impulse) generally takes over when they do finally reunite. Yes! They would consummate their love is the law of nature taking effect. It is a force that’s difficult to overcome.

    She was flashing the “green light” but I suppose the director or writer said NO, for no doubt some rationale that has nothing to do with satisfying the audience. I suppose letting nature take its course might unseat future political efforts for reunification with the North (sarcasm) or whatever the rationale it sucks! And it cheated us of a better, more natural, more satisfying ending to this fictional tale.

    Other than that. It was a fawkin’ good drama.

  92. 92 : tigerb Says:

    @Precious: you’re just not in this league. sorry!

  93. 93 : N Says:

    Very beautiful drama. But this is too painful to watch. My heart can’t take it :'(

    So much respect for all the characters in this drama.

  94. 94 : Hally x Says:

    I LOVED this show!
    Brilliant cast, well written and beautifully shot!
    But it broke my heart… The last 2 episodes had me in tears, genuinely!
    I loved all the lead characters so much, I’m going to miss my weekly visits to see them…

  95. 95 : Carmen Says:

    I knew that he will end the way he did he always finish the dramas the same way, but still love him in dramas he can talk with his eyes only

  96. 96 : Jana Says:

    I agree with Hally! I was glued to every minute of it. I watched it twice already. Beautiful

  97. 97 : The Conjuring Says:

    This is the best Drama that i’ve watch in a while. Now need to watch again for 2nd.

  98. 98 : Coconut Says:

    I know it is a melodrama but still it is so sad

  99. 99 : Roro Says:

    By watching this drama, I realize that I have to say thank you so much to all my heroes in my country who had taken over our independent. Now, what we should do is keeping that independent tightly and fulfill with the useful actions.

    Greatest and a Noble
    On picnic here in Chosun
    Eugene Choi

  100. 100 : OK OK OK Says:

    i have just finished watching episode 15 but I am super happy that the ratings for a paid chanel is super high above 18% (break record) and it is acted by my favourite actor LEE BYUNG HUN.
    Bravo and congratulations to the success of this drama. 😛 😛 😛
    LOVE !!!

  101. 101 : petty Says:

    I think this the best sad ending …all emotions came out …beautiful…..

  102. 102 : tigerb Says:

    excellent series!

  103. 103 : poohlady83 Says:

    sad endingggg…my love hero eugine choi dead..dong mae also dead..cannot move on on this drama actually…always in my head..

  104. 104 : Hana_goh Says:

    after watching this drama, now really hard to find another drama to watch. need another best drama to hit my feelings like mr. sunshine do. this drama have most beautiful sad ending, dots and goblin have a great ending. but for this drama is still really better better better than dots and goblin. Daebak for all cast. love all of them.

  105. 105 : OK OK OK Says:

    Mr Sunshine have chosen the right actress for Hee Na – Ms Kim Min Jung.
    Its interesting to watch you here because you portray that Hee Na character just right. 🙂

  106. 106 : OK OK OK Says:

    Though i peeped the ending before hand. I still manage to complete all the episodes because its really worth watching. IMO. Thank you for this drama Mr Sunshine team. 😛

  107. 107 : Hyeongnam Says:

    #105 @OK OK OK
    Most definitely; Kim Min Jung gave the best performance of her career I believe. Hard to imagine anyone else as Hee Na. She nailed it.

  108. 108 : annmasae Says:

    I did not want to watch Mr. Sunshine because of all the scandals for lead actor Lee Byun Hun. Pairing him with such a young actress turned me off since it is rumored he favors 20-something woman. Glad I overcame my misconceptions and started watching the drama on Netflix. The cinematography and acting is excellent. The script dialogue is fresh and exciting like it was in Descendents of the Sun. Excellent, excellent drama. The main actress was wonderful. Lee Byun Hun is an excellent actor. despite his personal shortcomings. I still think they should have picked a younger actor for the role but the drama was still excellent. Looking forward to the next drama for the writer.

  109. 109 : Thomas W Says:

    Aside from the main characters whose performances I must say, were unforgettable, the cameos were just awesome; Lee Shi Ah gave an intense performance as Choi Yoo Jin’s mother and I was impressed with Kim Ji Won as Ae-shin’s mother.

    This was not a 3 men and and one woman love story. Not from Ae-shin’s perspective. She had feelings for one man and one man alone. From first gun they faced-off on the roof the evening the lights came on in Seoul, she fell for Eugene and later admitted it to him when the British war corespondent came to interview the Righteous Army.

    Ae-shin learned to write Eugene’s name in English; she said his name all the time and filled pages of her journal with the name; her nanny revealed all to Eugene much to Ae-shin’s embarrassment. She dreamed about him and fantasised living in New York with Eugene though in those fantasies she would always return to Joseon.

  110. 110 : hope Says:

    The actor was damn good but the actress need more training in acting…

  111. 111 : Mimi Says:

    Big applause and highest appreciation for everyone involved in this drama. The film shot beautifully…the landscape is so picturesque…all the actors (cameos included) portray their roles wonderfully. Kudos to the scriptwriter and director…what a great job!

  112. 112 : Thomas W Says:

    In episode 15 after a day fishing on the lake with Eugene, Ae-shin narrates the following as she records it in a book titled; Heo Nan-Seol-Heon’s Poems.

    However, Korean history says Heo Nanseolheon was 200+ years before Ae-Shin’s time and who died at only 26 years-old. Still, it was a nice inclusion into the drama;

    “The clear, long lake on an autumn day,
    flows like a shard of green jade.
    Where lotus flowers bloom, we docked our small boat.
    To see you, I tossed a bait over the wall.
    Someone saw me from far away
    and I was embarrassed for half a day.”

  113. 113 : minnieBell (@DBabySK) Says:

    an epic drama. a handsome korean american soldier, a beautiful joseon fighter, a cool korean japanese samurai and a witty hansome korean. indeed a very beautiful drama with unique storyline. highly recommend this masterpiece to everyone.

  114. 114 : Kay Says:

    Such a wonderful drama! It’s unique among historicals because of the time period. The episodes were a bit long, but the story was fantastic, cinematography gorgeous, and the actors were top notch. An epic tale for sure 🙂

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