Gunman in Joseon

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Gunman in Joseon
Gunman in Joseon.jpg
Promotional poster
Also known as The Joseon Gunman
The Joseon Shooter
Gunfighter of Joseon
Genre Historical
Written by Lee Jung-woo
Han Hee-jung
Directed by Kim Jung-min
Cha Young-hoon
Starring Lee Joon-gi
Nam Sang-mi
Jeon Hye-bin
Han Joo-wan
Yu Oh-seong
Composer(s) Choi In-hee
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 22
Executive producer(s) Lee Gun-joon
Producer(s) Yoon Jae-hyuk
Location(s) Korea
Running time Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 (KST)
Production company(s) Gunman in Joseon Co. Ltd.
KBS Media
Original network Korean Broadcasting System
Original release June 25 (2014-06-25) – September 4, 2014 (2014-09-04)
Preceded by Golden Cross
Followed by Blade Man
External links
Gunman in Joseon
Hangul 조선 총잡이
Hanja 朝鮮銃잡이
Revised Romanization Joseon Chongjabi
McCune–Reischauer Chosŏn Ch'ongjabi

Gunman in Joseon (Hangul조선 총잡이; RRJoseon Chongjabi) is a 2014 South Korean television series starring Lee Joon-gi, Nam Sang-mi, Jeon Hye-bin, Han Joo-wan, and Yu Oh-seong.[1] It aired on KBS2 from June 25 to September 4, 2014 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 22 episodes.


1876, the third year of Emperor Gojong's reign. It is a time of great upheaval and rapid modernization, with conflict brewing between the two leading political factions, the Sugu (conservative) and the Kaehwa (enlightenment). Those on the Kaehwa side support Gojong's enlightenment policies during this time of change; Joseon was known as a hermit kingdom through the nineteenth century, keen to isolate itself from foreign influence. In previous years, Joseon had rejected Western overtures to open trade lines, which had led to military clashes with American and French forces. While newer ideology advocated a more open policy, it had yet to take root. Adding to the mounting tensions, recently Gojong's Kaehwa supporters have begun, one by one, to fall victim to a mysterious figure toting a brand-new style of gun.

Park Yoon-kang (Lee Joon-gi) is the son of the last great swordsman of nineteenth century Joseon. After the tragic death of his father and the enslavement of his younger sister, Yoon-kang trades his sword for a Western-made lever action rifle as he embarks on a revenge mission, but ends up becoming a hero for the people.[2]


Main characters[edit]

Due to an estrangement from his father Park Jin-han, Yoon-kang lives an indolent life, drinking and flirting at the gisaeng house, and never once having a dream or thinking of the world at large. But he is exceedingly skilled with the sword, like his father who is a legendary swordsman. After Jin-han is killed by conspirators then falsely branded a traitor, his children are also punished. The girl Yoon-kang loves, Soo-in, helps him escape arrest, but while on a boat he is shot, falls into the water, and is presumed dead. But Yoon-kang is rescued by a group of men heading to Japan, and three years later, he returns to Joseon under the assumed name Hasegawa Hanjo to embark on his revenge mission.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
Soo-in is a feisty and intelligent noblewoman, despite her sheltered upbringing. Though she retains her wonder at modern gadgets such as the camera, Soo-in's heartbreak over Yoon-kang's "death" has made her jaded at the seeming pointlessness of changing the world for the better. But upon meeting Hasegawa Hanjo, she instantly recognizes him as Yoon-kang despite his denials. Through the twists of fate that follow, Soo-in develops into a strong, tough modern woman.[8][10][11][12]
A cold-hearted, unapproachable merchant's daughter. Hye-won desires to acquire enough wealth to hold the world in her hand, but things change when she inconveniently falls for the Japanese trader Hasegawa Hanjo, who unbeknownst to her is Yoon-kang, her father's enemy. As a child, she was a slave who was raped by her master and beaten by her mistress.[13]
He leads a lonely existence due to his status as the illegitimate son of Minister Kim Byung-je. Thus, Ho-kyung dreams of revolution and a new world. Ho-kyung is close to the Jung family, who treat him as a beloved son, but the feelings he harbors for Soo-in are romantic and not brotherly.
A merchant and assassin with an expressionless face and a heart full of ambition. He is involved in a conspiracy against the king, picking off the latter's allies one by one. Won-shin is also Hye-won's father.

Supporting characters[edit]

A stern but principled man, he is Yoon-kang and Yeon-ha's father. As head of the king's royal guard, his job includes tracking down those plotting to interfere with the king's reforms.
Yoon-kang's younger sister. Upon the court's orders, she becomes a slave after her father is posthumously branded a traitor.
Park Jin-han's second-in-command. Three years after Jin-han's death, Emperor Gojong orders him to secretly reopen the gunman case.
Yoon-kang's best friend, and a timid police officer.
When Yoon-kang was a young boy and Yeon-ha a baby, their mother was kidnapped and used as bait by bandits. Yoon-kang blames his father Park Jin-han for not complying with the ransom demand to stop advancing his troops in order to spare his wife's life, believing that was the reason she was killed.
The official state interpreter, and Soo-in's father. He and Park Jin-han became friends after the latter saved his life during one of his travels, so Hwe-ryung welcomes Jin-han's children into his household to hide them from their father's enemies.
Jung Hwe-ryung's wife and Soo-in's mother. She worries that her daughter has disconnected herself from the world since Yoon-kang's death.
Soo-in's loyal maid.
  • Nam Myung-ryul as Hyun Am
Leader of the Kaehwa faction, who is assassinated while giving a speech to his followers. Among his pupils were Soo-in and Ho-kyung. Hyun Am wrote a book of his teachings and left it in Soo-in's keeping before his death.
  • Kim Jung-hak as Oh Kyung
The last living Kaehwa scholar who becomes the assassins' next target.
Nobleman who is the head of the powerful Andong Kim clan. He is Gojong's most powerful opposition and is the leader of the Sugu faction.
One of the top state councilors in Gojong's court. He is a member of the Sugu faction.
Hanjo's Joseon-born interpreter.
A Japanese man who is part of Hanjo's entourage, but doesn't know his real identity.
The man who rescued Yoon-kang from near death and took him to Japan. He is a Kaehwa scholar.
  • Jin Sung as Sung-gil
One of Won-shin's assassins.
One of Won-shin's assassins.
  • Park Jae-min as Jong-tae
Traveling peddler turned assassin.
  • Jung Geun as Son Taek-soo
Won-shin's mole in the police force who was bribed to give false testimony that Jin-han was a traitor.
A slave girl who enters Hanjo's employ and teaches Ganemaru the Korean language.
  • Seo Dong-won as Gunpowder technician
  • Kim Eung-soo as Yamamoto Shinji
An influential Japanese merchant who has ties with the Japanese government.


Lee Joon-gi, Nam Sang-mi and Choi Jae-sung previously starred together in Time Between Dog and Wolf (2007).[12][14]

Filming locations included Andong, Buan, Gochang, Mungyeong, Yeongju, Masan, and Sokcho.[15][16]

Original soundtrack[edit]

Gunman in Joseon:
Original Sound Track
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released September 3, 2014
Genre Pop, K-pop, soundtrack
Label A&G Modes
Disc 1:
No. Title Artist Length
1. "달픈" (Aching) Bubble Sisters 3:54
2. "돌 틈 꽃" (A Flower in the Rock) ALi 4:32
3. "아파도 그대죠" (Though It Hurts, It's You) Misty 4:17
4. "기다리라 해요" (Try to Wait) Im Chang-jung 4:15
5. "내 맘을 아나요" (Do You Know My Heart?) Ivy 3:33
6. "무한지애 (無限之愛)" (Infinite Love) Jo Jang-hyuk 4:25
7. "눈물을 닮아" (Resembling Tears) The Ray 4:10
8. "언제쯤 그칠까요" (When Will It End?) Yang Sun-mi 4:04
9. "행복합니다" (Happiness) Timber 4:36
Disc 2:
No. Title Artist Length
1. "義 - 흑랑 (黑狼)" Various Artists  
2. "雄 - Hero (Title)" Various Artists  
3. "鬪 - 혈투 (血鬪)" Various Artists  
4. "命 - Croce" Various Artists  
5. "慈 - Salvami l'anima Mia" Various Artists  
6. "心 - 그대 머무는 곳에" Various Artists  
7. "連 - 다홍치마" Various Artists  
8. "相 - 동동 (動動)" Various Artists  
9. "安 - 태평가 (太平歌)" Various Artists  
10. "哀 - 이 비가 그치면" Various Artists  
11. "殘 - 붉은 달 (赤月)" Various Artists  
12. "覺 - 폭풍 속으로" Various Artists  
13. "忍 - 바람이라면" Various Artists  
14. "孤 - 이제 어디로" Various Artists  
15. "憬 - 단 하루만" Various Artists  
16. "希 - 희망가 (希望歌)" Various Artists  


Episode # Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings[17] AGB Nielsen[18]
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
1 25 June 2014 8.9% 9.1% 8.4% 8.8%
2 26 June 2014 6.6% 8.2% 8.0% 8.6%
3 2 July 2014 8.3% 8.6% 8.0% 8.3%
4 3 July 2014 8.0% 8.7% 8.7% 9.4%
5 9 July 2014 8.5% 8.7% 9.9% 9.6%
6 10 July 2014 8.9% 9.9% 10.5% 10.6%
7 16 July 2014 8.3% 8.8% 10.2% 11.1%
8 17 July 2014 8.3% 8.8% 10.6% 12.1%
9 23 July 2014 9.3% 10.3% 11.6% 12.4%
10 24 July 2014 10.7% 11.7% 11.9% 12.2%
11 30 July 2014 9.5% 10.6% 11.2% 12.1%
12 31 July 2014 9.4% 11.2% 11.7% 12.8%
13 6 August 2014 9.9% 10.3% 10.5% 11.5%
14 7 August 2014 9.6% 10.3% 12.2% 13.1%
15 13 August 2014 10.1% 10.6% 11.1% 11.3%
16 14 August 2014 10.0% 10.4% 11.0% 10.7%
17 20 August 2014 9.4% 9.4% 11.1% 11.4%
18 21 August 2014 10.0% 10.7% 11.7% 11.9%
19 27 August 2014 8.8% 9.8% 10.8% 11.7%
20 28 August 2014 9.0% 9.4% 11.5% 12.5%
21 3 September 2014 9.1% 9.2% 11.8% 12.0%
22 4 September 2014 9.8% 10.5% 12.8% 13.0%
Average 9.1% 9.8% 10.7% 11.2%

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
KBS Drama Awards
Top Excellence Award, Actor Lee Joon-gi Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actress Nam Sang-mi Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama Lee Joon-gi Won
Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama Nam Sang-mi Won
Best Supporting Actor Yu Oh-seong Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Jeon Hye-bin Nominated
Best New Actress Kim Ga-eun Nominated
Best Young Actress Kim Hyun-soo Nominated
Best Couple Award Lee Joon-gi and Nam Sang-mi Won
48th WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival
Gold Remi for TV Miniseries Gunman in Joseon Won
10th Seoul International Drama Awards
Outstanding Korean Drama Gunman in Joseon Won
Outstanding Korean Actor Lee Joon-gi Won

International broadcast[edit]

Country Network Airing dates
 Thailand PPTV June 21, 2015 - September 26, 2015
 Myanmar MRTV 2015
 Vietnam HTV2 September 4, 2015

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cho, Grace (12 June 2014). "Joseon's Gunman releases images expressing five characters' role". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  2. ^ Chung, Joo-won (10 June 2014). "Official poster for Joseon's Gunman hints at rocky road for Lee Jun-gi". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  3. ^ Cho, Grace (18 June 2014). "KBS releases couple photos of Joseon's Gunman". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  4. ^ Kim, Hee-eun (20 March 2014). "Lee Joon-gi returns to Joseon era in new drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  5. ^ "Lee Jun-gi to return to small screen". The Korea Times. 7 April 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  6. ^ Lee, Jawon (7 April 2014). "Lee Jun Ki Confirms His Comeback through Drama, Joseon Gunman". TenAsia. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  7. ^ Kim, Min-ji (23 July 2014). "Lee Joon Gi Wants His Character in Joseon Shooter to Die in the End". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-07-26. 
  8. ^ a b Choi, Eun-hwa (23 July 2014). "Lee Joon Gi and Nam Sang Mi Talk Romance in Joseon Shooter". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-07-26. 
  9. ^ Ock, Hyun-ju (1 September 2014). "Lee Joon-ki almost cried after reading final script". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-09-03. 
  10. ^ Jeon, Su-mi (21 April 2014). "Nam Sang Mi Confirmed to Act Opposite Lee Joon Gi in Joseon Shooter". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  11. ^ Kim, Ji-soo (23 April 2014). "Nam to co-star with Lee Jun-gi". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  12. ^ a b Jin, Eun-soo (22 April 2014). "Actors reunited 7 years after series". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  13. ^ Lee, Ji-young (23 April 2014). "Jeon Hye Bin Joins Lee Joon Gi and Nam Sang Mi in Joseon Shooter". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  14. ^ Chung, Joo-won (23 May 2014). "Lee Jun-gi, Nam Sang-mi get intimate". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  15. ^ Choi, Shin-ae (17 June 2014). "Lee Joon Gi and Nam Sang Mi Root for Korean Soccer Team at Joseon Shooter Filming Site". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-07-05. 
  16. ^ "Lee Jun-ki, Nam Sang-mi Enjoy Hard Work in New Drama". The Chosun Ilbo. 5 July 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-05. 
  17. ^ "TNmS Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". TNmS Ratings (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2013-11-28. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  18. ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2013-12-26. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 

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