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Byun Yo-han added to Mr. Sunshine’s star lineup

by javabeans


They’re really bringing out the big guns for Mr. Sunshine, aren’t they? After casting a major film star (Lee Byung-heon, Inside Men) to headline, the current film industry It Girl as his love interest (Kim Tae-ri, The Handmaiden), and rising leading man Yoo Yeon-seok (Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim) to play a tragic second lead, the production has confirmed adding Byun Yo-han (Six Flying Dragons) to join the period drama set in the early 1900s around the righteous army that rises up against Japanese oppression. Just in case any of us were still on the fence and needed this extra push to tune in.........


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July 17, 2017

Byun Yo-han to star in Kim Eun-sook's "Mr. Sunshine"

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Actor Byun Yo-han is the main star in "Mr. Sunshine".

He is starring in "Mr. Sunshine" as a character that looks immature and laid back but has a warm heart. This is his first drama with writer Kim Eun-sook and co-stars with Lee Byung-hun, Kim Tae-ri and Yoo Yeon-seok.

Byun Yo-han debuted in 2011 with a movie and started making a name for himself in "Six Flying Dragons". He then starred in various dramas such as "Six Flying Dragons", "Ex-Girlfriends' Club", "Socialphobia" and more.

"Mr. Sunshine" is based in the 1900s, about members of an army we shouldn't forget about although they haven't been written down in history. The drama is pre-produced and casting has been completed early on.

The four main characters have been completed. Lee Byung-hun takes on the role of a soldier who returns to Joseon that abandoned him in America and became an American soldier. Kim Tae-ri takes on the role of Ko Ae-sin.

"Mr. Sunshine" is a collaboration between writer Kim Eun-sook and director Lee Eung-bok.

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Kim In-Ha brought me to Soompi, even before the great crash of 2005, then I discovered and fell hard for Lee Min-Chul... LBH talent is undeniable (although Iris wasn't my cup of tea tbh, didn't get much feels there)

I'm looking forward to this drama.  I believe in this Writer/Director team and LBH talent.  I haven't watched Single Rider but the feel from just reading the synopsis of that movie intrigued my curiosity of LBH current state of mind and emotion and how that influences him as an actor.  I'm sensing a theme of loss and regrets in this drama, and already I'm feeling it, considering the events occurred in his life this past decade.

Kim Tae Ri has an innocence, la femme-enfant feels to her, reminding me of Min Su-Yeon.  although KTR acting (at least fr the Hand Maiden) is quite different from SHK (sorry for having to do the comparison).. so I am also curious to see how she will portray the character in this drama. 

.. and LBH English is to swoon for, so yeah, he'll bring justice to the role.

(*wave to @rubie I admire your loyalty and dedication to him through thick and thin for more than a decade!!)

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July 27, 2017

Who's Your Favorite Couple From Kim Eun-sook's Dramas?

Source: HanCinema.net


Now that the main couple's cast was officially confirmed and released for Korea's #1 scriptwriter Kim Eun-sook's new drama, "Mr. Sunshine", everyone's more than excited for it. Of course, there are many people who's got to say negative things about the cast but negative comments are better than no comments! It means that people are observing every move this drama is going to take. 

For both actor Lee Byung-hun and actress Kim Tae-ri, this will be a meaningful drama. For Lee Byung-hun, this drama will be his glorious return to the drama world since "IRIS" in 2009, and for actress Kim Tae-ri, it will be her very first drama.

At first, you may think this is an unbalanced couple, but that's what we all said when other couples were announced for Kim Eun-sook's dramas. Many of the couples she pick seems mismatched at first, yet they will explode the TV screen and our heart with their chemistry once they start acting together! It is the ability these actors and actresses have but also, you can't deny the eye Kim Eun-sook have for the cast she pick.

Let's take a look at the couples that stole our heart and still holding onto it.

"Goblin" Gong Yoo & Kim Go-eun


Our latest favorite couple! These two seemed a bit weird together at first, but once we started watching the 1st episode, we couldn't help but fell in love with this couple when they are together.

"Descendants of the Sun" Song Joong-ki & Song Hye-kyo


What a love story they have! At first, many people said negative things about this couple saying Song Hye-kyo is way too old and what not. However, once they started acting together, their chemistry eliminated all of those bad comments and created the Song-song couple syndrome! It's even more magical that they are going to get married soon in real life!

"The Heirs" Lee Min-ho & Park Shin-hye


They were popular actor/actress to begin with, but with "The Heirs", they hop on the true stardom, on a global scale! The story may have been a bit corny and unrealistic but entertaining for sure.

"A Gentleman's Dignity" Jang Dong-gun & Kim Ha-neul


At first, this couple also had a lot of bad comments thrown unto them saying they are old and uninteresting. Yet, the drama hit so big and people couldn't deny that age is nothing against these beautiful people.

"Secret Garden" Ha Ji-won & Hyeon Bin

Many people were against this couple also, but now we can't exclude the "Secret Garden" couple when we talk about the most memorable couple in K-drama world! Hyeon Bin became so iconic with his arrogant billionaire character too.


"City Hall" Kim Seon-ah & Cha Seung-won

This drama had a political theme, so a lot of people thought it would be boring… until the cast was announced. We all know that both Kim Seon-ah and Cha Seung-won is veteran and professional. Stars we can trust when it comes to the quality of their acting.


"On Air" Park Yong-ha & Song Yoon-ah AND Lee Beom-soo & Kim Ha-neul


These four actors/actresses gathered up much attention from the very beginning with their names and people had doubts when they pictured them together. However, once again, the viewers were proven wrong and got captivated into their charms.

"Lovers" Lee Seo-jin & Kim Jung-eun


The third drama of Lovers series (Just for the title sake. Story line is completely different.). This couple acted so natural and realistic when it came to romance while they were filming and the chemistry quickly became real feelings as they started dating after the drama.

"Lovers in Prague" Jeon Do-yeon & Kim Joo-hyeok


Even though "Lovers in Paris" was filmed in Korea, "Lovers in Prague" was filmed in Prague! It is refreshing to see such young Jeon Do-yeon and Kim Joo-hyeok!

"Lovers in Paris" Park Shin-yang & Kim Jung-eun


The drama that captivated half of Korean population and my very first drama I was obsessed with. This was the start of Kim Eun-sook's legend and start of outstanding couple chemistry!

Now that I put all the dramas and couples together, it's hard to pick just one favorite couple! What about you?

By. Lily Lee

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July 27, 2017

Kim Eun Sook and Lee Byung Hun's "Mr. Sunshine"

Source: YTN via HanCinema.net


"When Kim Eun-sook and Lee Byung-hun come together..."

Hit writer Kim Eun-sook and Hollywood actor Lee Byung-hun are coming together.

Writer Kim who has presented Song Joong-ki and Gong Yoo with life characters in "Descendants of the Sun" and "Goblin" is expected to do the same to Lee Byung-hun. We take a look at "Mr. Sunshine" starring Lee Byung-hun, Kim Tae-ri and Yoo Yeon-seok.

First of all, "Mr. Sunshine" is based in the 1900s, a turbulent era of our history. Like previously mentioned, this history wasn't recorded but it is about the nameless fighters that we should remember.

Writer Kim is drawing young romance and love on a sheet of confusing and scathing background of modern history. Men and women born in slave, butcher and noblemen families overcome their social statuses and fall in love.


This is the first drama in 9 years Lee Byung-hun has decided to star in since "IRIS". He takes on the role of Choi Yoo-jin, born to a slave, watching his parents get killed and becoming an American Officer. He stood torn between the country he was born in and the country he grew up in but in the end, his birth country orders him to return to the Josun where he meets a woman that will change his life. Lee Byung-hun's performance and fluent English speaking skills will come together to create the character of Choi Yoo-jin.

The woman that changes Choi Yoo-jin's life if Kim Tae-ri. She starred in Park Chan-wook's "The Handmaiden" as a servant and this time she plays the part of an elegant lady born to a nobleman.

Her role of Ko Ae-sin was born in a noble family but she's full of passion and desire. Instead of drinking coffee or getting dressed in Western clothes, she took interest in guns and Choi Yoo-jin.

Kim Tae-ri's performance with writer Kim Eun-sook is highly looked forward to and many wonder if she can become the next Kim Go-eun, another one of Kim Eun-sook's creations. "Mr. Sunshine" is Kim Tae-ri's first drama since her debut.

Yoo Yeon-seok stars in "Mr. Sunshine" as Koo Dong-mae, who loves Ko Ae-sin. He was born to a butcher's family and abandoned the Josun on his own but he risks everything on Ko Ae-sin who took to him as a human being unlike others who saw him as no better than a pig or cow.

Yoo Yeon-seok recalls "Answer Me 1994". He played Chil-bong, a tall and handsome, pure-hearted man who only had eyes for one woman.

"Mr. Sunshine" is a collaboration between writer Kim Eun-sook and director Lee Eung-bok. Other casts are Byun Yo-han, Jo Woo-jin and Kim Byeong-cheol.

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August 7, 2017

"Mr. Sunshine" Kim Sa-rang on board

Source: Hankyung via HanCinema.net


Kim Sa-rang is now on board "Mr. Sunshine".

Former Miss Korea actress Kim Sa-rang is appearing in Kim Eun-sook's "Mr. Sunshine".

Lee Byung-hun, Kim Tae-ri, Yoo Yeon-seok and Byun Yo-han have already confirmed roles and Kim Sa-rang is the latest addition.

Kim Sa-rang starred in the 2010 drama "Secret Garden" written by Kim Eun-sook and directed by Lee Eung-bok.

Meanwhile, Kim Eun-sook and Lee Eung-bok are working on their third drama together. "Mr. Sunshine" is based in the 1900s in America where a boy with an American citizenship returning to Korea, the land that abandoned him.

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August 8, 2017

Kim Eun-sook's "Mr. Sunshine" Release Date is Yet Unveiled

By Craig Deleon / StarsPost

(SP) Kim Eun-sook's "Mr. Sunshine" Release Date is Yet Unveiled

The broadcasting network and the production agency of "Mr. Sunshine," the next work of drama queen Kim Eun-sook responded to the recent rumor circulating about its release date. 

According to Dongda.com, SBS didn't confirm the premiere date of Mr. Sunshine yet. "It is not true that Mr. Sunshine will release May 2018. It is one of the productions the network is reviewing to air in near future, but it is too early to say when."

The production agency Hwa and Dam Pictures also said, "it hasn't decided yet. I would tell if the specific schedule was discussed, but it is not yet a step to mention. Any reporting about the release date is factless."

Previously, a media reported that "Mr. Sunshine" will be aired on SBS in May 2018, quoting an official.  

Mr. Sunshine is about a little boy who boarded to U.S. military ship during the Shinmiyangyo in 1871 and returned to Korea that abandoned him several years later as U.S. soldier. In the background of the 1900s, it is a human melodrama that is not recorded in history but will release the story of the soldiers we should remember.

It draws great attention already just being next production of screenwriter Kim Eun-sook who made a great hit of The Lonely Shining Goblin and Descended From the Sun as well as Heirs, Secret Garden, A Gentleman's Dignity, The City Hall, Lovers in Paris, and more. It is another reunion with PD Lee Eung-bok who co-work with her for Lonely Shining Goblin and Descended From the Sun. Lee Byung-hun, Kim Tae-ri, Yoo Yeon-seok, and Byun Yo-han have already confirmed their appearances. 

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August 14, 2017

Mr. Sunshine to be aired on tvN, first half of 2018

Source: Sports Donga ++ 


On August 14, tvN official has confirmed that the highly-anticipated Kim Eun Sook's new drama 'Mr. Sunshine' will be aired by the cable network. While the exact broadcast schedule have yet to be determined, the period drama starring actors Lee Byung Hun and Kim Tae Ri will be aired in the first half of 2018. The main cast line-up will also feature Yoo Yeon Seok, Byun Yo Han and Kim Sa Rang.

Source: AsianWiki‏ @AsianWiki

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7 hours ago, sava2sava said:

Finally LBH doing a drama I think the only drama I've seen him in is All In


Hi @sava2sava, he had Beautiful Days before All In and IRIS in 2009. These three are his most noted drama series although he did most Kdramas before 2000. But yeah, finally, back on the small screen. :D Totally didn't expect that he'll do a drama again since he's been doing more movies these days.

(waves back to @sf4kdrama, thank you for the good words and positive input. Mr Sunshine fighting! :lol: )


August 15, 2017

“Goblin” Writer Kim Eun Sook’s Newest Drama Gets Timeslot

Source: Soompi by S. Park 


More details are being revealed for Kim Eun Sook’s next drama.

Kim Eun Sook, the talented writer of mega hit dramas such as “Descendants of the Sun” and “Goblin,” is working on her newest drama “Mister Sunshine” starring actors such as Lee Byung Hun, Kim Tae Ri, Yoo Yeon Seok, Byun Yo Han, and Kim Sarang. She will be also working with producer Lee Eung Bok for the third time for this drama.

“Mister Sunshine” will air on tvN on Saturdays and Sundays sometime next year. Which of Kim Eun Sook’s dramas is your favorite?

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August 16, 2017

From Kim Eun-sook, the Hong Sisters and Noh Hee-kyeong, will tvN 'Drama Empire' reconstruct?

Source: Joynews via HanCinema.net


tvN is on its way to recover the modifier 'Drama Empire'. A fancy line-up of star writers are standing by from the end of the year to early next year.

tvN "Mr. Sunshine" has been arranged for broadcast on Saturdays and Sundays starting early next year.

"Mr. Sunshine" starring Lee Byung-hun, Kim Tae-ri, Yoo Yeon-seok, Byun Yo-han and Kim Sa-rang, is the story of a boy who returns to Korea under the identity of an American soldier.

However, it's the staff that draws more attention. Director Lee Eung-bok from "Descendants of the Sun" and "Goblin" as well as Kim Eun-sook the writer have come together again. They have been making hit dramas every once in two years.

tvN is currently unstable but it's determined to rebuild the drama empire of tvN. The first runner up is "Hwayugi" by the Hong Sisters.

"Hwayugi" is a fantasy drama based on the ancient novel "Seoyugi". Son Oh-gong, Jecheon Dae-sung with fatal villainy and Jeon Seonmi, a junior lawyers with unique snobbishness, go on a journey to find the light in the dark world of the devil in 2017.

Cha Seung-won is one of the casts so far. The staff here are intriguing as well as they have formally succeeded with the MBC drama "The Greatest Love" in 2011.

"Wise Prison Life" is next. This drama is based in prison and depicts the people living in a space of mystery.

"Answer to 1997" and "Answer Me 1994" director Sin Won-ho and writer Lee Woo-jeong-I will be responsible for this one with a line-up of Park Hae-soo, Jung Kyung-ho, Sung Dong-il, Choi Moo-sung, Jung Woong-in, Yoo Jae-myung, Krystal, Lim Hwa-yeong and more.

Noh Hee-kyeong's "Live" is also one of the most looked forward to dramas this year. "Live" is the story of policemen in a patrol division and it is expected to come out next year.

tvN sources say anticipation is on the rise with the upcoming of "Hwayugi", "Wise Prison Life", "Live" and "Mr. Sunshine".

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August 22, 2017

"The Handmaiden" Kim Tae Ri to come back with movies and drama

Source: SBS via HanCinema.net


Kim Tae-ri who swept away all rookie awards in 2016 is coming back later this year. She was called the "Cinderella of Chungmuro" due to her outstanding performance in Park Chan-wook's "The Handmaiden". Many look forward to her comeback and she has several works to be released later this year.

Movies "1987" and "Little Forest" release soon. In 2018, she'll be starring in a drama called "Mr. Sunshine" written by Kim Eun-sook.

"Descendants of the Sun" and "Goblin" writer Kim Eun-sook's "Mr. Sunshine" features Kim Tae-ri whose co-star is Lee Byung-hun.

Kim Tae-ri recently came out with a magazine pictorial.

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August 24, 2017

Kim Eun-sook's "Mr. Sunshine" possibly changing stations from SBS to tvN

Source: Heraldcorp via HanCinema.net


Kim Eun-sook's "Mr. Sunshine" starring Kim Tae-ri changed stations from SBS to tvN. Evidentally, production asked for 1.5 billion won per episode (~US$1.5 million), which was not possible.

Most importantly, a drama that costs one billion to make cannot be aired on an OTA (over-the-air) non-cable station like SBS, but can on a cable channel like tvN.

SBS did the math. Writers Kim Eun-sook and Kim Eun-hee have been doing most of their work in SBS so they had to make a deal with SBS. However, Kim Eun-sook's hottest drama yet, "Descendants of the Sun" was broadcast on KBS and "Signal" went to tvN because of a conflict in opinion.

Current drama conditions are far worse in non-cable statiosn than cable stations. It's not easy for SBS to produce a drama that costs over one billion won. The average cost these days is 500 to 600 million won (~US$0.5 million-US$0.6 million~). "Six Flying Dragons" is the biggest blockbuster on SBS yet. The Hallyu base from Southeast Asia is rising, but commercials aren't selling and the ban in China hasn't been lifted yet.

Next year brings the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the Russian World Cup, and the regional election. Big events like these lead to low results in non-cable station dramas. The latter half of the drama might even have to wait a month.

Drama episodes are expanding, costs rise, and casting is increasingly difficult. Costs are rising even though leading characters are not always superstars.

On the other hand, CJ E&M can release numerous re-runs with just sixteen channels. It is safer and provides more options.

In addition, two mid-program ads can be put into every episode unlike in non-cable station programs which have a lot of restrictions when it comes to re-runs. Cable can increase advertisement sales on 16 channels. These days, advertisement costs are valued more on cable rather than non-cable station.

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August 27, 2017

SBS Drops “Mr. Sunshine” Due To Astronomical Production Costs

Source: Koreaboo

The drama Mr. Sunshine has been transferred to be broadcast by tvN rather than SBS due to production costs.

According to an industry insider, the cost of each episode would come out to 1.5 billion KRW ($1,337,672 USD).

“The production company asked for over 1 billion KRW per episode, so SBS has given up on producing ‘Mr. Sunshine’.

There’s no guarantee that it will do well simply because of Kim Eun Sook and Lee Byung Hun. Of course, it may succeed like ‘Goblin’, but I think they thought the risk was too big.”

— Industry insider

In the case of a 20-episode series, the overall production cost would amount to a total of 30 billion KRW ($26,752,030 USD).

There were several reasons behind the high production costs, ranging from the cast’s income to the drama’s setting.

As an international movie star, Lee Byung Hun, comes with high appearance fees.

Furthermore, some episodes have to be filmed abroad, thereby adding to the production costs.

Mr. Sunshine will be written by Kim Eun Sook, the writer for Descendants of the Sun and Goblin, and is planned to air next year on tvN instead of SBS.

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September 1, 2017

'Guardian' writer's new project goes to tvN 

By Park Jin-hai The Korea Times


"Mr. Sunshine," an upcoming television show written by writer and producer duo Kim Eun-sook and Lee Eung-bok, whose previous co-projects "Descendants of the Sun" and "Guardian: The Lonely and Great God," were megahits, will be broadcast on tvN.

This was a surprise for many, since it was largely predicted that major local broadcaster SBS, where Kim has worked for most of her projects, would air the drama. SBS has shown strong interest in Kim's new drama, trying its utmost to close a broadcasting contract with the production company Hwa & Dam Pictures.

SBS previously let go of Kim's dramas "Descendants" and "Signal" and saw them become popular on other TV channels.

After the announcement, industry insiders say that a major stumbling block for the deal would have been the prohibitive production costs _ approximately 1.5 billon won per episode. If it is made into a 20-episode drama, the total costs rise to 30 billion won, making it one of the most expensive local productions.

"Without Kim, it would be nearly impossible to produce a drama of that scale. With the biggest buyer China continuing to ban Korean cultural content, SBS would not be able to bear the costs," said an official of a subcontractor.

The period drama which is to be broadcast next year, tells the story of a man, who happens to board an American battleship as a boy during the first American military action in Korea in 1871, and returns later to Korea as an American soldier.

Typically period dramas cost more for production than other genre dramas. For "Mr. Sunshine," a set must be built, costumes have to be newly designed, and long overseas location shooting is also required. Plus, each episode is predicted to pay over 100 million won to writer Kim, another 50 million won for the director, and over 100 million won to cast A-list male lead Lee Byung-hun, who is returning to the small screen after nine years.

Both SBS and the production company declined to confirm the price negotiated.

In terms of production costs per episode, MBC's 2007 fantasy period "The Legend," with Bae Yong-joon and then-unprecedented computer graphics, tops the list at 1.6 billion won. With that exception, MBC's budget for TV dramas in 2009 averaged 200 million won per episode, according to Korea Creative Content Agency's research data.

Production costs have risen over the years and now it reaches between 400 and 500 million won. Some blockbuster dramas tend to reach 1 billion won. The SBS fantasy romance "The Legend of the Blue Sea" and writer Kim's previous hit on tvN "Guardian," which finished broadcasting in January, were said to cost 1.1 billion won per each episode.

"While drama exports to China are closed, an increasing number of dramas are seeing rising costs for actors, writers and other staff, leading to higher production costs," Park Ho-sik, a Studio Dragon producer, told a local media outlet.

Major broadcasting companies, which have less freedom to air drama reruns and advertisements than cable channels including CJ E&M, have continued to raise the skyrocketing production costs.

Kim Young-seob, SBS drama department chief, said, "To produce quality dramas, which have led hallyu (the Korean wave), we need more financial resources. As we cannot expect much from TV commercial sales and our hands are tied by many government regulations now, it is really hard for us to fight against the deep pocketed media mogul CJ."


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September 14, 2017


Kim Sa Rang Confirmed To Join Writer Kim Eun Sook’s New Drama


Source: Soompi by K. Lew    


kim sarang


Actress Kim Sa Rang will be joining the star-studded lineup for “Goblin” and “Descendants of the Sun” writer Kim Eun Sook’s new tvN drama “Mr. Sunshine.”


On September 14, a source stated, “Her appearance in the drama ‘Mr. Sunshine’ has recently been decided upon. Although the filming dates are not confirmed, filming will begin sometime in mid-October.”


“Mr. Sunshine” is set in 1871 and is about a boy who returns to Korea after becoming an American soldier. It is writer Kim Eun Sook and director Lee Eung Bok’s third collaboration together.


Other actors confirmed for the drama include Lee Byung Hun, Kim Tae Ri, Yoo Yeon Seok, Byun Yo Han, Choi Moo Sung, and more. This is Kim Sa Rang’s second project with writer Kim Eun Sook, having previously worked together on “Secret Garden” together. Kim Sa Rang’s last drama was “My Love Eun Dong” in 2015.


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