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

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:bawling: I am still traumatised by the ending. 

 

Here is the last BTS making video that can at least cheer my poor wounded heart a little.

 

For Dong Mae and Hina shippers, there is a part where YYS pulled KMJ to the sea which will make you go awww...:wub:.....And KTR pulling LBH’s hand to hold in the train.......haha....:D

 

Link to full video

 

Part 1 of video.

 

Part 2 of video.

Part 3 of video.

 

 

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October 1, 2018

 

'Mr. Sunshine' gives new life to independence fighters

 499df47b5df14303ba3a99dee390308c.jpgThis photo taken by British war correspondent Frederick Arthur McKenzie in 1907 shows the members of the Righteous Army in Yangpyeong, Gyeonggi Province. / Photo from Frederick McKenzie's "Korea's Fight for Freedom"

 

By Park Jin-hai The Korea Times

 

The 24-part blockbuster drama "Mr. Sunshine" finished its journey Sunday, rekindling viewers' attention to the forgotten freedom fighters who had sacrificed their lives for the independence of Korea on the verge of Japan's annexation.

 

The popular TV series has left burning flames in viewers' hearts. 

 

In the last episode, ordinary people _ bakers, street vendors, pawn shop owners and many more young and old _ joined the freedom fighters called the "Righteous Army" to stand up to the repression of the Japanese military. 

 

Hiding in the mountains, the Righteous Army soldiers who have been struggling with jammed old rifles and running out of bullets tell a foreign correspondent interviewing them, "We know that all of us are bound to die if we continue this fight. But, we'd absolutely hate to live as Japanese slaves. We'd much rather die as free men."

 

The big budget drama, written by star writer Kim Eun-sook, is set in Korea in the late 1800s and early 1900s before the Japanese occupation, and tells of a wartime romance between Korean-born U.S. Marine Eugene Choi (played by veteran actor Lee Byung-hun) and Ko Ae-shin (Kim Tae-ri), a noblewoman-turned-assassin.

 

It bid goodbye to viewers in its last episode featuring hope. 

 

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Kim Tae-ri plays independence fighter Ko Ae-shin in "Mr. Sunshine." / Courtesy of CJ ENM

 

After the deaths of her lover Choi and other comrades, Ko flees to Manchuria where she trains young freedom fighters. She says, "Those were glorious days. Each of us was a flame, and all of us bloomed, were burnt and wilted vehemently. And once again, we wish to ignite the embers left by our comrades… Goodbye, my comrades. See you again when our country regains its independence." 

 

The last episode garnered more than an 18 percent viewership rating, a record high for the drama. 

 

Many viewers initially cast anticipation and concern at the same time for the first long epic drama of Kim, known for her long track record of trendy romance dramas including "Lovers in Paris," "A Gentleman's Dignity," "Descendents of the Sun" and "Guardian: The Lonely and Great God." 

 

Despite some clamoring for involving historical facts in the drama, particularly because it airs globally through Netflix, the drama born under the "rom-com master" writer shows how far a Korean drama can go with its storytelling, massive scale and stunning cinematography. 

 

The drama starts from an interesting point, raising a question that has remained unanswered. 

 

Choi, who was a slave boy and returned to Joseon as an American, in telling his past that forced him to leave the country at the age of nine, asks Ko, "I was a slave. Regarding the country you're trying to save, I wonder who is it for? Is there a life for butchers? Is there a life for slaves?"

 

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Lee Byung-hun plays U.S. marine Eugene Choi in "Mr. Sunshine." / Courtesy of CJ ENM

 

While many epic dramas revolve around the era from the perspective of those in power, "Mr. Sunshine" shed detailed light on those deemed peripherals such as women and the lower classes and successfully laid out contradictions and hope in the fast-evolving Late Joseon period, when slaves were freed, and foreigners and Western culture were introduced before Japan annexed the Korean Peninsula.

 

"It has lifted the level of TV shows by a notch and fulfilled viewers' drama expectations. Let alone its cinematography and completion of work, it has shown the deep storytelling a drama can deliver," culture critic Hwang Jin-mi said. "Although it was an era of great historical importance, it has been largely left untouched. With the past shedding new light, it shows some points that today's Korea parallels with late Joseon in some aspects." 

 

Kim Kyo-suk, another culture critic, agrees. "Although it is fiction, the TV series has contributed to raising viewers' awareness of history. The drama is fun and meaningful." 

 

Also notable were the strong female characters. "Previous epic dramas used to focus on male characters who fought for the fate of the country. If the drama followed this pattern, it should be Ko's fiance, a rich man who wakes up to reality and decides to live a different life and join the freedom fighters. But in this drama, the strong female character Ko leads the story," Hwang said.

 

"It was an expanded version of Kim's drama world," Kim said. "Dealing with the less-talked-about historical era, she succeeded in telling a fresh epic story with romance added in."


jinhai@koreatimes.co.kr 

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Source: Chungmuro Crumb // Sports Chosun

 

Drama Ranking:


1 MR.SUNSHINE
2 100 Days Husband 
3 Terius Behind Me
4 The Guest
5 The Third Charm

 

Actors Ranking:


1 Kim Tae Ri
2 Lee Byung Hun

3 Do Kyung Soo
4 So Ji Sub
5 Yoo Yeon Seok 
6 Nam Ji Hyun
7 Seo Kang Joon
8 Esom 
9 Jung In Sun
10 Byun Yo Han 

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Despite the many tragic events and deaths of all the characters that we loved, despite crying my eyes out and breaking my heart into tiny little pieces, I would say that I really love this drama. There is probably no other drama that can top it for now. It has set the bar so high that the others just pale in comparison. 

 

Towards the end, the date goes to the year 1919, I was pleasantly surprised to see a grown-up Domi at the grave of Eugene.

 

Just as AeShin herself said: "Each one of us was a flame." I am reminded of that quote: "It only takes one spark to light a fire inside you." I think it was a fitting conclusion. The fire continues to burn. Their fight goes on.

 

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 I actually dont mind a super tragic ending and I was mostly prepared for one, however, I was a little disappointed that all the death and sacrifice seemed to be for too little reward. WHY would Ms Haram and Mr H volunteer for that duty and why wasnt Aeshin sharp shooting? They could have made it out of there. Needless. Hui-song's death felt meaningless as well. Dont get me started on Eugene. He had been in tighter spots then that train ride before. Also, there were a few RA members who where armed. They could have helped out a little at least!! It felt a little tragic for tragedy's sake. I dont care that there was too little physical romance with AS and EC but for gods sake the kid at the grave should have been their child! The love-making could be off screen but give us a little hope that they enjoyed one another at least once!!! Vent and rant over. Once the emotions wear off, I'm sure I will see some of the reasoning behind such a traumatic ending

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One of the best drama thus far! 

From the cinematography to the plot everything was superb.

 

I really love how Ae Shin was portrayed. She was loyal to her country and goal till the very end. No matter what, love did not make her waver and do something stupid like how any other drama would portray the leading lady. 

 

Eugene and Ae Shin chemistry was sizzling hot till the very end though I wish there were more scenes of them holding hands or at least a kiss scene? 

 

I can't believe all three men died! 

I thought maybe Haiseong will survive all this and tell the story in the future. 

 

The only thing I wished from this drama was to see a reincarnation of everyone who died! Also it will be great to see kim ji won and jingoo reprising their role as soldiers from dots as a reincarnation!

 

#seeyouagain

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58 minutes ago, linygirl1 said:

 I actually dont mind a super tragic ending and I was mostly prepared for one, however, I was a little disappointed that all the death and sacrifice seemed to be for too little reward. WHY would Ms Haram and Mr H volunteer for that duty and why wasnt Aeshin sharp shooting? They could have made it out of there. Needless. Hui-song's death felt meaningless as well. Dont get me started on Eugene. He had been in tighter spots then that train ride before. Also, there were a few RA members who where armed. They could have helped out a little at least!! It felt a little tragic for tragedy's sake. I dont care that there was too little physical romance with AS and EC but for gods sake the kid at the grave should have been their child! The love-making could be off screen but give us a little hope that they enjoyed one another at least once!!! Vent and rant over. Once the emotions wear off, I'm sure I will see some of the reasoning behind such a traumatic ending

 

Thanks for this. I felt the same.

 

I do not buy the train scene as it does not make sense. I think they had it because it is so dramatic.. Ae Shin had earlier already assessed that they can manage the number of Japanese soldiers on board and that is why she gave the order for the train to move off so that the Japanese cannot bring in more soldiers.

 

I agree Eugene had been in tighter situations yet he can manage them. He could also seek assistance from the other RA guys on the train who are also armed. And why would Eugene only have 1 bullet left? Shouldn’t he prepare before hand? 

 

Platoon 3 and 4 are supposed to take the train to Pyongyang and then onward to Manchuria. Eugene and Ae Shin could get married there and they can both train future RA there and bring up a child there too. They were that close to a happy ending but Kim Eun Seok has to be cruel to give them such a tragic fate of having Eugene die in a suicide attempt to take down the Japanese soldiers. Even if she wants to kill off Eugene, at least let them get married and have a child first so they have a future generation. 

 

In the end, Eugene is buried in Joseon in a foreigner cemetery while Ae Shin is living faraway in Manchuria. They never consummated their marriage and they did not even get to live together as Husband and Wife not even for a few days. Eugene still does not belonged anywhere. And Ae Shin lived alone for the rest of her life without her love, Eugene. My heart breaks for him and Ae Shin. They deserved some marital bliss and happiness even if it is short lived. But they failed to get even that.

 

How tragic can it get?

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2 hours ago, writteninthestars09 said:

@cynkdf

Someone posted the lyrics of HCY's song and it is just as beautiful. I love it. 

 

Hi there, I saw the translation - the lyrics are beautiful and poignant.  I just finished watching ep 24 with subs, cried during several scenes.  

 

This is the first KES drama I've watched (must confess to not having watched all episodes, only started since end July)  - and since I am not one to analyze a drama, I will just say that I salute KES for taking on a really ambitious and important project, and for succeeding magnificently IMHO. 

 

A big thank you to all the lovely contributors to this thread, especially @rubie 

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Feeling a little less in denial seeing & reading good responses to MR.SUNSHINE and an overall positive comments all around. Yet at the same time started remembering, thinking and analyzing some of the could-have-beens.. it's back to square one. Sigh.. it's hard to let go and harder to make it go. 

 

@linygirl1.. When Ms Haman & Mr. Haengrang went into town as decoys, I believe Ae Shin was on a sniper job to kill Lee Dae Mun, whose body found by EC and DM. AS didn't realize that the group had to move immediately as the Japanese soldiers are gaining on them.. about the same time they were tipped by LDM about AS as one of the RA. It's a communication gap and the group of elderly still went without any backup because they were short of manpower and ammunition. They knew what will happen so they tried to be nonchalant about it. th_sad.gif

 

I totally agree that there should have been at least one offspring from the couple. As you said, it's what married couples would go through. Can't help thinking.. that they could have had a baby three years back. If there was a child, even if EC didn't know about it while he was in jail, he would have planned things a lot better for the sake of his family once he's back in Joseon. But then, it will be my script and not KES.th_dontcare.gif

 

Anyway.. what I wanted to let out.. the RA was clearly short of rifles and bullets and a lot of stuff. They couldn't get guns from outside sources without being exposed. But when they attack the Japanese soldiers, they left all the guns there and didn't take any with them. I mean, the soldiers are dead, surely some of the guns are still in working condition and there might be spare bullets on them as well. I kept seeing that they took the trouble to dispose the bodies of Japanese soldiers they killed (to cover their tracks) but did not take the guns, unless it wasn't shown. Even the horses, they only took one for AS to get back to the group. Why follow the book/rules too strictly when common sense was for them to survive by every means necessary.

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I haven’t got the chance to watch the 2 last eps.

So how is DM at the end? Lol big fan of DM, would like to watch DM in new happy ending drama lol 

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14 minutes ago, 12blbl said:

I haven’t got the chance to watch the 2 last eps.

So how is DM at the end? Lol big fan of DM, would like to watch DM in new happy ending drama lol 

 

Spoiler

All the other 4 main leads died except for Ae Shin. Dong Mae was killed by Musin gang. Ae Shin is the only standing at the end. 

 

 

I put in spoiler for you. 

 

I find it hard to go back to rewatch earlier episodes. Knowing their sad ending, the earlier sweet Eushin moments had become bittersweet and sad too.

 

Any recommendation of projects of KMJ or KTR to watch?

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7 hours ago, charray said:

Any recommendation of projects of KMJ or KTR to watch?

 

I don't remember watching KMJ before, maybe I have but I'm glad I saw and liked her a lot in MR.SUNSHINE. Will surely remember Kudo HiNa for a long time. 

 

Spoiler

 

Prior to the drama, I saw KTR's Little Forest, pretty recent movie.. this year. An absolutely delightful healing movie that will make you go hungry. :lol: I love watching people prepare & enjoy simple meals (like variety show TMAD, etc).. so, this is my kind of movie.

 

I haven't seen it but KTR was also in the movie 1987: When the Day Comes about the civil uprising in Korea, a more serious movie based on true events. She's being nominated in various awards ceremonies for her role in this movie.

 

 

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Part 2

 

My earlier statement was caused by anger and disappointment. When I woke up in the morning and some time passed, I do not feel better - nothing had changed. I did not want to complain about the series. I did not want to pay attention to the lack of logic in the story, but the writers set themselves on target. I wanted to be polite and avoid uncomfortable topics because of this period, but I can not do it anymore.

 

I respect the sad and dark history of Korea from this period. However, I saw many series and films from many countries and the writers did something terrible at the end. I can even reconcile with bad endings but here it was done very badly.

I had a great time with many scenes and sentences spoken by characters. However, the insertion of a certain behavior and philosophy into main characters caused that they became unnatural and unreal. 

 

Ep 24 

 

When AS revealed the base to her husband (he came with a journalist). I did not feel a bond between them (she said the sentence as if he was only a close friend whom she trusted). Their relationship between the noblewoman and the former slave was not even noticed. People should see their happiness seeing each other and love especially in this difficult situation. He is a stranger - Aeshin and Eunsan 3 years hide she married him (a real treasure, a guy who did everything for her, she often failed him) and his actions for country (good intentions even he didnt care). What?!

 

They spent some time together, which was again misleading. As usual, she decided to abandon him. Seriously, her love looks terribly false. Her attitude simply pissed me off - exaggerated patriotism. Emperor and interpreter knew Eugene was in prison! (i forgot name, Eugene could had contact with emperor and why writers didnt use it to save Aeshin/Eugene characters?). Aeshin and Eunsan didnt know about this? What?!

Her character and Eugene was totally spoiled. I'm not going to hide it. Hina, DM, HS, Eunsan become second characters. I felt a better bond with Eugene and Aeshin (writers went this way in many episodes). I do not like especially their ending by forced script - it was supposed to come out patriotically and it were poorly written and illogically because of their actions. 

 

Second characters: Somehow I dealt with it

 

I noticed Hina died because of wounds and was not treated (her role ended? She blow up hotel, daughter of traitor, we only know her mother hide and died in christian village). Eunsan died in ambush, HS actions was found and beaten to death by japanese, DM come back after 3 years to say goodbye (Manchuria - it was written badly) and was killed by ronins (this was hard for me because i really like logic/realism but somehow i accepted this because his role ended in the series).

 

I have the biggest problem with Eugene and Aeshin.

I stopped looking for hidden meanings and symbolism after they started to spoil the characters of Lord Go and Aeshin (half of the series). The wall of people in ep 24 did not impress me and why exactly people of Joseon needed her sacrifice (forced script and she should after Japan focus about private happines). I believe that the role of Eugene and Aeshin should ended in Japan (he killed Takashi Mori, she took a bank certificate and saved the adviser of the emperor). This is where their participation in RA should end. She was useless and wanted in Joseon (she hide half a year).

Three last episodes was not needed for their story.

 

When Eugene died I felt disbelief and anger at this stupid scene in train. If they wanted to use train, she should look like grandma (change the appearance - wig, aging make-up). She leaving Eugene (why again writers?) and her easy-to-detect clothing and appearance made her a fool (It is not even strange behavior anymore in previous episodes). Btw what happened to her passport? Why did she take it with her? Many times i saw her without a ring and they forgot about this too (needed for only few scenes).

When Aeshin in Manchuria says, "Those were glorious days. Each of us was a flame, and all of us bloomed, were burnt and wilted vehemently. And once again, we wish to ignite the embers left by our comrades… Goodbye, my comrades. See you again when our country regains its independence." I did not feel anything good (they wanted make get her statement meaningful, patriotic and was very bad after how she treated Eugene and what happened to Eugene because of her stubborn behavior).  She did not lose him at all. If she made the right choice in Japan, he would not have died in such a stupid way. I stopped to like her character few episodes ago and after the last three episodes I do not feel any sympathy and only reluctance to her. I am disappointed with Eugene character (when he said she pay off debt... how, when?) and his unnecessary death. Making Eugene a hero who was not respected before his death is so cheap and hopeless story and I have impression that they buy good opinions about Mr Sunshine. He should have hit her on the head long time ago and take her to a safe place (Japan - Shimonoseki harbor before they was chased by ronins). You may not like my approach, but I would not let her be so free (immature woman who has crossed the line of tolerance, with her mind detached from reality and living in her own unreal world). In my country, they also make films and historical series that annoy me. When I want to be critical, I share my opinion.

 

I would prefer if there were special episodes with different endings (I know this not happen :/). I do not like the current point of view of writers. Koreans should write a petitition for alternative ending because last three episodes was spoiled (really there is someone who like this forced ending? I do not belong to these people and Im dissapointed what i saw in few last epidodes and this terrible made ending). Eugene and Aeshin are not ordinary people but a bizarre philosophy by KES and their relationship and approach to life is so unnatural (writers exaggerated with this symbolism, patriotism and lack of realism/logic). The only thing that could save the last episodes made by writers (Eugene's death) is a child - proof of their love. That is why their relationship is bizarre and does not make sense. 

Certain things are simply natural when you are married. Only if you write an unrealistic script there is a lot of nonsense. 

 

I spent many hours watching this series and was disappointed with this bad written ending (the last impression matters, not a few things that they did well).

I know this is fictional series (characters, events and they added few historical characters/events). I was hoping that they would put on some logic and realism since it is a historical series. When someone do bad work Im sincerely harsh. This is not a good series and writers have wasted all potential. Sometimes I return to movies and series (even those with sad ending) and writers have done something amazing - I do not like the two main characters who were supposed to be liked and positive in first half and made them fools and very irritating. I saw few months ago the Chinese "Siege in the fog" and did not expect anyone to approach this low level (irritating characters and terrible made ending). They made the same mistake in Siege in the fog - there was no child. Apparently, they chose a sad ending because they made a scene with the child but they cut out this scene from Siege in the fog. KES does not learn from the mistakes of others.

I do not want to argue here. Soompi users have the right to their own opinion but my negative will not change. I probably will not see anything more written by these writers. I can not even turn on the good scenes from the first half of the series after what they did to Aeshin and Eugene characters. Writers disappointed me so much. I liked KES way of writing but this time she crossed the line of my patience by serious mistakes or her bizzare point of view. Series about which I want to forget as soon as possible. Reward for actors (stupid script is not their fault because they played the best they could), for music and clothes/scenery. Writers do not deserve but we know that they will get reward :/

 

 

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I cried extremely hard watching the last episode!! Fabulous acting!! Great historical drama!!!  I Googled Korean history like crazy watching this.  To my sister's boyfriend (in her mind), Lee Byung Hun, I have a new respect for your acting. Kim Tae Ri gets all of the awards!!!! 

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8 hours ago, charray said:

 

In the end, Eugene is buried in Joseon in a foreigner cemetery while Ae Shin is living faraway in Manchuria. They never consummated their marriage and they did not even get to live together as Husband and Wife not even for a few days. Eugene still does not belonged anywhere. And Ae Shin lived alone for the rest of her life without her love, Eugene. My heart breaks for him and Ae Shin. They deserved some marital bliss and happiness even if it is short lived. But they failed to get even that.

 

How tragic can it get?

 

I don’t know how it could be more tragic than this. In the end Eugene was and will be always a lonely foreigner as Hina called him.

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