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[Drama 2018] Mr. Sunshine, 미스터 션샤인 - Winner of Critics’ Choice Award for Drama category

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So when this premieres on Netflix US on July 7th, are we getting it the exact same time it airs in SK or we getting it after? Or would it come out midnight?


I don't know how Asian Dramas work on Netflix. I know Black became a Netflix Original but wasn't released until after the series finished airing in SK however the series was already being subbed before it was on Netflix. Anything I've seen that's a Netflix Original comes out around midnight.

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10 minutes ago, scarletlover1 said:

So when this premieres on Netflix US on July 7th, are we getting it the exact same time it airs in SK or we getting it after? Or would it come out midnight?


I don't know how Asian Dramas work on Netflix. I know Black became a Netflix Original but wasn't released until after the series finished airing in SK however the series was already being subbed before it was on Netflix. Anything I've seen that's a Netflix Original comes out around midnight.


Man to Man was available on Netflix at the same time as the JTBC broadcast in Korea so it should be the same for Mr Sunshine.


For example, if your location in US is 12 hours behind Korea, then the episode should come out at 9am on Sat, 7 July in your location which is actually 9pm Sat 7 Jul in Korea. You will see it at the same time as the viewers in Korea are watching it on TVN. 

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July 4, 2018


"Mr. Sunshine" Are Yoo Yeon-suk and Kim Min-jung Friends or Lovers?


Source: SportsSeoul via HanCinema.net




The new tvN drama "Mr. Sunshine" is a drama about a boy who is abandoned in wartime and returns to his homeland of Korea as an American.


Yoo Yeon-suk will take on the role of the branch manager of Hansung and the son of a butcher named Koo Dong-mae, and Kim Min-jung will be Kudo Hina, a beautiful widow who owns the hotel "Glory".


Yoo Yeon-suk is seen applying medication on Kim Min-jung's hurt hand. Hina (Kim Min-jung) was washing away blood on her hand when Koo Dong-mae saw this and came forward. Although he is gruff with others, he is nice and sweet to her and Hana doesn't seem uncomfortable with that.


Koo Dong-mae gives off a threatening air as he has two big swords around his waist. They seem like they're talking, but it's unknown what the relationship between these two are.


The scene was shot recently and the two actors had to express a mysterious relationship without words. They were very thorough with the scene before they filmed it and went over the little lines they have in their own methods.


The new tvN drama "Mr. Sunshine" begins on the 7th at 21:00 KST.

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On 7/3/2018 at 5:49 PM, great_aldebaran said:


Here's the interview article by Thailand's The Nation


July 5, 2018


A chapter in history


By Parinyaporn Pajee The Nation 




Global viewers might not understand the historical background to new South Korea series “Mr Sunshine” but they will have no trouble following the story


The entertainment media was out in force late last week, reporters turning out in their hundreds to a conference room in Seoul’s Gangnam district to hear more about one of the most anticipated drama series of 2018. The series in question is “Mr Sunshine” and for once non-Korean fans won’t have to wait months to see it thanks to Netflix, which is bringing it to the US and most Asian viewers on Saturday followed by Japan on Sunday and the rest of the world on July 19.




The 24-episode series, estimated to have cost 40 billion won (Bt1.2 billion), is the third collaboration between talented scriptwriter Kim Eunsook and director Lee Eungbok, the pair behind “Descendants of the Sun” and “Goblin”. “Mr Sunshine” also marks the return to the small screen of South Korean superstar Lee Byunghun, who famously played the lead in the espionage action thriller “Iris” but has focused more on movies in recent years.


Based in Shinmiyangyo, the US expedition to Korea in the late 19th century, “Mr Sunshine” tells the story of a Korean boy born into a family of house servants who runs away to board an American warship and later returns to his homeland as a US marine officer. Ironically, he falls in love with an aristocrat’s daughter and discovers the dark scheme to colonise the country from which he once fled. Lee Byunghun, who played Storm Shadow in the “GI Joe” series and Han Cho Bai in “Red 2”, takes on the role of the US marine officer Choi Eugene, while Kim Taeri, who came into the spotlight with Park Chanwook’s “The Handmaiden” makes her TV series debut as the aristocrat’s daughter, Go Aesin. Yoo Yeonseok, Byun Yohan and Kim Minjung, the latter replacing Kim Sarang in the role of Kudo Hina, also star.  


The combined power of Kim Eunsook and Lee Eungbok earns the credit for drawing the superstar cast.  


“I joined the team a little bit later than the rest of the cast. I was thrilled when I read the script and there was no reason for me to say no. It’s the first time I have joined a project that had already gone a long way so his is pretty new to me,” says the actress.  


Kudo Hina is sold by her father to a rich old Japanese man and inherits his wealth when he dies five years later.  


Unlike other movies or TV dramas that usually tell patriotic stories set during the years when Japan ruled Korea, “Mr Sunshine” takes place decades earlier, towards the end of the nineteenth century.


“My character is a Korean-American. I think it’s the first time I’ve played an American character in a Korean drama. Eugene is very different. He is not a patriot. In fact, he has a lot of negative sentiments towards Joseon and wants to get his revenge on the country. That made the role unique and interesting for me,” says Lee Byunghun.




Next year marks the centenary of the establishment of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea and so the series is a good opportunity to celebrate the occasion and teach the audience more about Korean history.


“A lot of countries have been invaded by foreign countries and there has always been a fight. I think this is a common sentiment and one that non-Koreans easily relate to. To be honest, we weren't really thinking of foreign markets when we were making the series, but if you look at our main characters you will see that the patriots were fighting for this country and I think a lot of overseas viewers will be able to relate to that,” says the director.


Lee Byunghun agrees, adding that the 1871 Shinmiyangyo, the first American military action in Korea and the subsequent Japanese annexation of its ports saw a great deal of political turmoil.


“I think a lot of people will look at this without knowing much about the historical background but that’s not important. Essentially this is a story about people and it’s the relationships between these people that make up the focal point of the drama. So even if you don't understand the backdrop, you will be able to follow and get immersed in the story,” he says.


“For global viewers, it may be a little more difficult. They know little about Korean culture or history so I wonder how they will be able to digest the story.”




It shouldn’t be a problem, Fans of Kim’s earlier hits such as “Secret Garden”, “On Air”, “The Heirs” and even “Descendants of the Sun”, will merely see “Mr Sunshine” as a romantic drama with historical turmoil in the background. One of the writer’s signatures is inserting some cheesy lines into the script and there are here in “Mr Sunshine” too.  


“She has certain lines like that prepared. But as actors, we don’t know what lines are going to attract attention. That will be determined by the viewers so we just act it out and then they catch something and start saying ‘oh that was interesting’ and then it becomes a famous oneliner,” says actor Lee, admitting that it took him a while to get used to her language.  


“It's the first time I’ve worked with her. She seems to have her own language and her own way of expressing herself. It was a bit awkward for me at first but I soon got used to expressing myself like that. Let’s just see what comes the next,” he adds.


Another of Kim Eun Suk’s more famous quirks is her genius for writing Cinderella stories. This doesn’t seem to have washed into “Mr Sunshine” as Go Aeshin, the daughter of a high-ranking an aristocrat turns out to be a secret anti-Japanese fighter.


“She’s also fighting for the Joseon dynasty so she’s kind of caught between these two different personalities. She’s a very complex, sophisticated and layered character and whenever I had frustrations and difficulties, I asked the director for help and tried hard not to make her a twodimensional flat character,” says Kim Taeri.


This is the first time a Korean drama will be airing globally via Netflix on the same day as in Korea and that’s a completely new experience even for Lee Byunghun.  


“Even when I starred in Hollywood movies, the release dates would be slightly different. So this is the first time I’m seeing a Korean drama being premiered in 190 countries so that everyone in the world can watch the series at the same time. It’s exciting,” her says.


“Mr Sunshine” will stream on Netflix starting on Saturday with new episodes showing every Saturday and Sunday, the same day as the Korean broadcast.

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  • Go Seung Ji changed the title to [Current Drama 2018] Mr. Sunshine 미스터 션샤인 - Lee Byung Hun, Kim Tae Ri, Yoo Yeon Seok, Kim Min Jung, Byun Yo Han - Sat & Sun @ 21:00 KST - Premiere Tonight

July 6, 2018




Source: KpopLove




Park Hyo-Shin confirmed to sing the first OST Track for the upcoming tvN drama “Mr. Sunshine”


On July 6, a source from “Mr. Sunshine” announced Park Hyo-Shin will sing the first OST track for the drama. The title of the song is “The Day,” which is expected to emphasize certain emotions and feelings the drama intends to convey.


Furthermore, Park Hyo-Shin reportedly self-wrote and composed the song. The song contains a soothing melody line from piano and orchestral sound, later accompanied by a big-scale choir. Park directly participated in writing the lyrics and the melody, with a help from lyricist Kim Eana and singer Jung Jae-Il.


In addition, this OST track is especially meaningful since it’s the first OST track by Park in 5 years. The track “The Day” will be released with a music video on July 8 at 12 PM, KST.


Meanwhile, “Mr. Sunshine” is set to begin airing on July 7 on tvN, starring Lee Byung-Hun, Kim Tae-Ri, Yoo Yeon-Seok, Kim Min-Jung, and Byun Yo-Han. It will tell a story about a young boy who travels to the U.S. during the 1871 Shinmiyangyo, and later returns to his homeland as a U.S. Marine officer.


Original Article
Translated by Dasol Kim

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July 6, 2018


Mr Sunshine on Netflix: How many episodes in the new series?
MR SUNSHINE is a brand new South Korean drama coming to Netflix this month. Here’s everything you need to know about the show including episode count, release date, cast and more.

By MOLLI MITCHELL Express.co.uk

When is Mr Sunshine released on Netflix?


Mr Sunshine will be available to watch and download on Netflix  worldwide on Thursday, July 19.


The series is a new South Korean original drama set during the late 19th century and early 20th century.


It is a mix of dramatised history and fictional wartime romance, written by Kim Eun Sook and directed by Lee Eung-bok who were behind international hits Descendants of the Sun and Goblin.

Rob Roy, Vice President of Content Asia for Netflix said: “We have seen so much passion for top quality Korean stories and the pedigree of a title like Mr Sunshine is a significant step forward in building a strong Korean content library for our members around the world.”

How many episodes are in Mr Sunshine on Netflix?


Mr Sunshine will have 24 episodes in total.


All will be available in one go.


The 90-second trailer has been viewed over one million times on YouTube by an international audience.


The trailer features real photos from the historical battle on which the show is based.

What will happen in Mr Sunshine on Netflix?


Mr Sunshine follows the love story between Korean-born US Marine Officer, Eugene Choi (played by Lee Byung-hun) a solider in the resistance movement against Japanese occupation and his romance with Go Ae-sin (Kim Tae-ri) an aristocrats daughter.


Eugene fled Korea after the death of his parents as a young boy on a US Warship during the Shinmiyangyo in 1871.


The Shinmiyangyo is the name of the first United States expedition to Korea. It was the first time the American military were present in Korea to establish political and trade relations.


The incident occurred in response to the Koreans who attacked two American warships on June 1 around the Korean Island of Ganghwa.


On June 10, 650 American sailors and marines and five warships attacked Ganghwa, killing over 200 Korean troops.


Only three Americans died in the battle.


Decades later, when Eugene returns as a US Marine Officer representing America’s national interests, he discovers a plot by Japan to colonise his homeland which was actually successfully colonised from 1910-1945.


Director Lee told a press conference in Seoul: “There are many dramas set in the 1930s when the Japanese occupation of Korea was in full swing.


“But there weren't many dramas - or historical documents for that matter - about the early 1900s when people struggled to protect the country from an impending invasion by Japan.”


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Who is in the cast of Mr Sunshine on Netflix?


Well-known South Korean actor Lee Byung-hun plays Eugene Choi, a Korean-American US Marine officer who returns to his country after fleeing conflict in 1871.


Lee Byung-hun is well known for his role as Storm Shadow in G.I Joe and starring alongside Bruce Willis in Red 2 as Han Cho Bai.


Rising star, Kim Tae-ri plays aristocrat’s daughter Go Ae-sin who becomes a patriotic assassin.


This is Kim’s first small-screen debut after her lead role in the critically acclaimed psychological thriller, The Handmaiden.


Mr Sunshine also features South Korean actors Yoo Yeon-seok as Goo Dong-mae, Kim Min-jung as Kudo Hina and Byun Yo-han as Kim Hee-sung.


Mr Sunshine will drop on Netflix on July 19 (broadcast other than Korea, the US, Asia and Japan)

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