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

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October 23, 2018


K-Drama Review: “Mr. Sunshine” Glows With Profound Lessons About Limitless Meaning Of Patriotism & Love mrs.jpg


By abbyinhallyuland | HELLOKPOP





BROADCAST DATE: 7 JULY 2018 – 30 SEPT 2018
REWATCH VALUE: 5.gif?zoom=1.5625&resize=80%2C16&ssl=1

Unrivaled as the best Korean drama conceived this year, Mr. Sunshine surges to a stunning work of art that refuses to downshift its intensity, week after week, leaving an affecting and breathtaking story.


Through its grandiose design, along with its powerhouse cast and production team, the hype on tvN’s period drama is expected. Before the premiere, all eyes were keen to witness its historic unveiling as the first South Korean series with simultaneous global streaming via Netflix, same time as its local airing via tvN.


Mr. Sunshine
Lee Byung-hun as Eugene Choi and Kim Tae-ri as Go Ae-sin in Mr. Sunshine (Photo Courtesy of Hwa&Dam/Netflix)

 On its premiere, the audience marveled at the stunning cinematography and emotional presentation of the main characters in the introductory episodes.


Pushing its momentum while threading its historical backdrop, Mr. Sunshine never looked back in gifting a fascinating storyline each week, along with distinct sketching of the superb characters, who brought to life the daintily written narrative.


From its creative aspect down to the technical details, Mr. Sunshine is a gift to Korean drama fans. Evidently parading the effort and sentiments the cast and production team had invested, the oeuvre depicted a meticulously and artistically conceived television production that will go down to the history of South Korea’s thriving Korean drama landscape.


It is hard to cavil on its whole picture because the tiniest details reflect sharp direction with a bravado that can be justified by its imaginative eloquence and stellar portrayals. Hence, even with so much to digest given its historical background, the series imparted the message with complexity that was easy to grasp.


Mr. Sunshine
Yoo Yeon-seok as Gu Dong-mae and Kim Min-jung as Hina Kudo in Mr. Sunshine (Photo Courtesy of Hwa&Dam/Netflix)




A feast to the eyes. Each episode of Mr. Sunshine is carved with ample aesthetics capturing picturesque frames of the waning Joseon era when foreign influences have been slowly incorporated in the local culture.


From the elaborated production design of Glory Hotel, American legation office, Gu Dong Mae’s turf, the kiln site, Lord Go’s house, the viewers were treated to a detailed video representation of that part of Korean history, that had not been visually adapted in film and television thoroughly.


Panoramic shots of beautiful sequences were also added as frosting to its splendid cinematography, which were made even more resonant by the amazing music layered on the storytelling.





Star writer Kim Eun Sook notched another career milestone for her intricate screenplay. Although we saw some hints from her impressive script in Goblin, her work in Mr. Sunshine just proved how boundless her imaginative craft can expand in the future. Although it is a first for her to write a full story of historical genre, along with director Lee Eung Bok, they have created a masterpiece that would not lose its value even in years to come.


Mr. Sunshine, patiently pictured the fictional world of its described characters in a way that viewers would be emotionally attached to them. The character connections were established seamlessly to fit in the conflicts raised in the story with coherence and confidence that left no faulty standpoint that audience can niggle on.


A woman’s unfailing love to protect her country with three capable men willing to risk all they had to protect her was such a noble love premise. Consider you are forewarned how that scenario will touch your heart in the most heartbreaking way.



Mr. Sunshine


The drama intricately weaves multiple anguished scenes in a series of frames that would make you a bawling mess, with how much tears you would shed owing to the poignancy of the story’s events.


Tying up the lose-ends of the finale week was a feat hard to witness for the loyal watchers, that you could only imagine how the production team cut deep from their artistic pouches to contrive a beautiful sad ending that would still be gratifying and lingering.


The hints of romance effortlessly make you smile and admire the writing of the series for its polished and sweet sketches of love frames that do not need kisses to be felt by the audience. As three men have one object of affection, it is thrice enjoyable to bask in the different kinds of love paraded along the way.


The heartbreaking sendoff for all the fictional people viewers met in the crumbling Joseon setting of Mr. Sunshine is not for the faint-hearted.


Kudo Hina’s moving atonement, Gu Dong Mae’s heartbreaking final battle, Kim Hee Sung’s life meaning realization, Eugene Choi’s love-driven sacrifice, and Lady Ae Sin’s struggle to uphold her valor amidst losing everyone who protected her – all those harrowing moments, along with the heart-rending junctures which layered those climactic points, have embellished the immeasurable meaning of patriotism, friendship, and love, which spins what Mr. Sunshine is about.



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Writer Kim is known for conceiving memorable characters of profound resonance. A trademark she achieved once again with the lead cast of Mr. Sunshine. Her fortitude in sketching Captain Eugene Choi, Lady Ae Sin, Gu Dong Mae, Kudo Hina and Kim Hee Sung has brought the viewers to the brink of tears in all their defining and glorious moments in the story.





From the big and supporting roles carrying the weight of the opus, to the villains keeping the conflict balance atuned to the trajectory, all characters were utilized vigorously to maintain Mr. Sunshine’s flame blazing.


Viewers could not ask for more than what Lee Byung Hun, Kim Tae Ri, Yoo Yeon Seok, Kim Min Jung and Byun Yo Han did to suit up for the character sketches designed for them as they moved in the story. Writer Kim patiently allotted patience in making sure that their screen time would all be in equilibrium and fitting to their inclination and redemption.


All five of them were great together, individually, each of them carried his own character with conviction.





The bromance banters of Eugene, Dong Mae and Hee Sung, who had somehow been brought together for their one goal of protecting the same woman, kept the comic vibe that cushions the drama’s austere setting. But when they were needed to don agonizing scenes, they deliver efficiently.


The villains served their purpose in amplifying the already anguished Joseon situation raised as the evident problem of the story. They ensured annoying showdowns to agitate and weaken the heroes of the story ergo, strengthening the sentiments of the picture in the process.


The supporting cast, powered by veteran and young actors, functioned to toughen the yarning of the series.







A crowd pleaser to its target audience, Mr. Sunshine may appeal to selected audience who particularly likes stories set in traditional times. But it is one drama, I would highly-recommend this year, taking into consideration of the story’s historical premise value, superb cast portrayal, and overall make of the series.


Furthermore, the quality of the cinematic experience of every episode is one for the books, that even with its somber tone, it would yield a trance moment for you to appreciate its worth.


Looking back, Mr. Sunshine took a simple route following how period set stories are usually done. We got the historical problem scenario to spur the web of the events, the heroes and the villains to move inside it, and the path to a satisfying closure.


But it was the expressive depictions and garnished screenplay execution that made Mr. Sunshine a force to reckon.


Fans can watch Mr. Sunshine via Netflix.



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AWwww.. our H&H got married! A truly happy ending for them in CF land... :blush:


No shortage of lovely artwork from MR.SUNSHINE. This one looks like a coloring book (not just for kids, but for drama fans too).. wonder if one of the official merchandise being released.


Source: qq2qq2aa


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Lots of talented artists! That coloring book makes a nice addition to the Mr. Sunshine collection. :)


This is an impressive watercolor portrait of Kim Min Jung/Kudo Hina by Eunji HwangB)



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On ‎10‎/‎21‎/‎2018 at 4:30 AM, rubie said:

to use the spoiler,  highlight the text and/or images that you want to hide. Then click on the "eye" icon on the toolbar. Looks like you have used the spoiler tags without problem. Just that the Moderator might have merged your posts instead. It's forbidden for members to post consecutively at the drama thread, it's ok if there're more members to post alternately but such a dilemma when a member had lots to share yet no one else posted before him or her. Too crammed a post is sometimes quite an eyesore. th_hypo.gif

Thank you rubie! Can I call you rubie? :). And you used LBH for your example! I love you!!!! So I think you've helped me a lot. I think I'm going to use your post to practice. I think it's hard to do spoiler on the phone. I could be wrong. And thanks for the info about the posting. I never thought about how others feel about posts. I think you're right. I think crammed posts are an eyesore too. And I love your emoji at the end with the eyes. I think it's so cute. Wow. I am so blessed. I think you went through a lot. And you really wanted to help me. I don't think you  had to do that. I think you put a lot of work into this!!! Thank you again. I can't say thank you enough. And yes, I noticed that the mods were merging my posts. I think I misunderstood. I thought they were attacking me. You made me see that I was wrong. So now I think I can get better with your help :D. Are you an angel? :wub:

On ‎10‎/‎21‎/‎2018 at 4:30 AM, rubie said:

Eugene says P for Photos ~

AHHHH!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Why you do this. Trying to killeth me! (This isn't a real word. I meant to say kill but I'm too excited because of him) HahahahahA. I'm so stupid :D.


And @rubie and @SeReNiTy Thanks for sharing Mr. Sunshine videos, pictures, and articles :).


@aurelionsol Hey you!!! I got your PM. I'm waiting...I'm embarrassing you! It's so much fun :D.


So @aurelionsol told me she has something to share on Mr. Sunshine, and I really really want her to share it! I love reading different thoughts and opinions on this drama because I think it's so special. So I ask, "Can we know more about HiNa?" And I wish we could see more about her story.

I hope I'm making sense!


Edit: @SeReNiTy So you posted a beautiful drawing of HiNa. Wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.So you made me cry. My beautiful HiNa.

Edit2: @studyandkdrama You're welcome! I am so happy some of us are still updating about the drama! Why? I think there is a lot some of us missed. And I think this drama is so special to a lot of us. And I think there is still so much more to share. And I think they could win more awards! So I will be here to see that, won't you? :D


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LBH will be at The Seoul Awards.

from the article https://entertain.naver.com/read?oid=311&aid=0000913550




LBH(nominated for the best actor for drama/movie) and YYS(nominated for the best supporting actor for drama)  will attend the award. Other actors and actresses will attend too, but there's no mention of KTR who's nominated for best new actress for drama.


The award show is for 2nd time since last year. This will air thru SBS, on 27th 6 PM to 8 PM local time. Naver Vlive air it from red carpet(4:30PM) to main event too.


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October 27, 2018

Winners Of The 2nd Seoul Awards

Source: Soompi by J. Lim


Winners Of The 2nd Seoul Awards


The Seoul Awards has announced this year’s winners, honoring some of the greatest in film and television dramas in the past year.


The awards show was on held on October 27 at the Peace Hall in Kyung Hee University, with Kim Ah Joong and Jung Hyun Moo returning as the MCs for the second year.


This year’s grand prize for the film category went to “The Spy Gone North,” a film that is based on a true story about a South Korean spy who infiltrates the North to obtain intelligence on nuclear weapons plans. The grand prize for the drama category went to tvN’s “My Ahjussi,” a story about three middle-aged brothers and a woman who learn to heal each other’s past scars.


The awards ceremony also dedicated a special moment to Kim Joo Hyuk, who won the Best Supporting Actor Award last year for his role in “Confidential Assignment.” The actor unfortunately passed away in a car accident a few days afterwards, and the awards ceremony took time to commemorate his illustrious career and replay his acceptance speech.


Check out the full list of winners below!


Grand Prize Award: “The Spy Gone North”

Best Actor Award: Ha Jung Woo (“Along with the Gods”)

Best Actress Award: Son Ye Jin (“Be With You”)

Best Supporting Actor Award: Joo Ji Hoon (“Along with the Gods” – “The Spy Gone North”)

Best Supporting Actress Award: Ye Soo Jung (“Along with the Gods”)

Best New Actor Award: Nam Joo Hyuk (“The Great Battle”)
Best New Actress Award: Kim Da Mi (“The Witch”)
Popularity Award: Son Ye Jin, EXO’s D.O.


Grand Prize Award: tvN’s “My Ahjussi”
Best Actor Award: Lee Byung Hun (“Mr. Sunshine”)
Best Actress Award: Kim Nam Joo (“Misty”)
Best Supporting Actor Award: Yoo Yeon Seok (“Mr. Sunshine”)
Best Supporting Actress Award: Moon So Ri (“Life”)
Best New Actor Award: Park Hae Soo (“Prison Playbook”)
Best New Actress Award: Jo Bo Ah (“Goodbye to Goodbye”)
Hallyu Artist Award: Jung Hae In (“Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food”)
Popularity Award: Girls’ Generation’s Seohyun, Jung Hae In
Special Acting Award: Heo Joon Ho (“Come and Hug Me”)


Source (1) // Photos: BH Entertainment / Yoo Yeon Seok

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YAY!!! Congrats to LBH and YYS!!! I'm so happy for them! And thank you for sharing the videos, pictures, and articles everyone!


Edit: So I think this is going to be last post here and on soompi. I love Eugene and Goo Dong Mae. I just came back because I wanted to say congratulations to LBH and YYS :wub: I hope they go on to win more awards. And I hope the rest of Mr. Sunshine goes on to win more awards too. I tried to come back to soompi because of nice people like @rubie, and others, but I'm not strong enough. And no one likes me here on soompi and other forums. I'm really sorry, rubie. It looks like you are working really hard to update us with news and awards. And you asked, "Where have you been?" And you're the reason I finished Mr. Sunshine. I will never regret finishing it. I have never seen a drama like it. And I met a lot of new people here. And I got to share my feelings with you rubie, and others here. I just don't think I'm good enough for soompi and this forum. Please don't say, "She just wants us to feel sorry for her." I don't think this is true. I have hurt people in a lot of forums. I wish I could tell you rubie and the others. I think it's a long story. So thank you for being my friend, @rubie And thank you for accepting me here in Mr. Sunshine thread :). I can't believe I'm crying right now. I don't want to go. I think Mr. Sunshine is one of the best dramas! 


I love everyone here. A lot of you haven't talked with me. I love you too :wub: I think this is one of the kindest threads I've been in. And I believe you all opened your arms and accepted me here. I will never forget that. It's going to be hard to pull away. I keep checking this thread every day. I still want to know if LBH and the others won any awards. So I am really sad right now and happy that LBH and YYS won. I think they both deserved it. I am not saying the other actors didn't deserve to win. 


So...I hope some of us meet again...I'm sorry. I am such a crybaby and I am such a loser and I'm too sensitive. I will never forget Eugene and the others. I hope some of you had fun discussing the drama with me. I know I had fun discussing it with you. I wish some of us could discuss dramas more. I think I repeated myself. I'm sorry. 


Image result for eugene choi mr sunshine gif

credit to owner(This gif is not mine. Goo Dong Mae, Mr. Sunshine)

mrsunshine eugenechoi GIF by Mr Sunshine Netflix

credit to owner(Eugene Choi, Mr. Sunshine)

Bye :wub: 

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Crying. I'll be okay :)
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@2handsintertwined there you are! :D I'm sorry that I didn't reply your earlier post, it's been a bit busy few days catching up with stuff and suddenly (that I almost forgot), we have the Seoul Awards last night. It's been a hectic Saturday (remember that it used to be MR.SUNSHINE Day, it still is!) of chasing around for links and photos and read comments back & forth and still there're a lot of good pics that I missed. So, please no worries.. you're part of the thread, no need for apologies, no need for excuses, no one is saying anything bad.. we're all here for MR.SUNSHINE, the best drama to cherish and all the memories it brought throughout the screening. 


Here's a fanboy photo from Eugene on his IG.. he took his time quite a bit and posted 3 photos today.. all from last night. This one here.. is especially  perfect for the thread. 


Photo: byunghun0712 via HeraldPop


Center of image


Good for us, lovely fan art by Ruro never stops :)


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