Mr. Sunshine (2018 TV series)

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Mr. Sunshine
Mr. Sunshine (2018 TV series).jpg
Promotional poster
Hangul미스터 션샤인
Genre
Created byJinnie Choi
Written byKim Eun-sook
Directed byLee Eung-bok [ko]
Starring
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes24[1]
Production
Executive producer(s)Kim Young-kyu
Yoon Ha-rim
Camera setupSingle camera
Production company(s)
Distributor
Budget40 billion[2]
Release
Original networktvN
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseJuly 7 (2018-07-07) –
September 30, 2018 (2018-09-30)[3]
External links
Website
Production website

Mr. Sunshine (Hangul미스터 션샤인; RRMiseuteo Syeonsyain) is a 2018 South Korean television series written by Kim Eun-sook and directed by Lee Eung-bok [ko], starring Lee Byung-hun, Kim Tae-ri, Yoo Yeon-seok, Kim Min-jung and Byun Yo-han.[4][5] The series is set in Hanseong (the former name of Seoul) in the early 1900s, and focuses on activists fighting for Korea's independence.[6][7] The series aired every Saturday and Sunday on tvN starting from July 7, 2018, and ended on September 30, 2018. It premiered internationally on Netflix.[8]

Mr. Sunshine recorded the 4th highest ratings for cable television with its final episode reaching 18.129% and netting an average rating of 12.955%. The Seoul rating of 21.828% is the second highest ever recorded for cable television.[9] Also, it recorded the highest average ratings for the cable television. It received critical acclaim for its cinematography and storytelling. Culture critics praise the drama for its "deep storytelling" and also helping to raise viewers' awareness of history. The Korea Times noted the drama for shedding light on those deemed peripherals such as women and the lower classes, successfully laying out contradictions and hope in the fast-evolving late Joseon period; as well as its strong female characters.[10] Mr. Sunshine won the Drama of the Year award at the 6th APAN Star Awards,[11] as well as Grand Prize for Lee Byung-hun.[12]

Synopsis[edit]

Mr. Sunshine centers on a young boy (Lee Byung-hun) who is born into slavery but after a traumatic event escapes to the United States during the 1871 Shinmiyangyo (U.S. expedition to Korea). He returns to Joseon later as a United States Marine Corps officer. He meets and falls in love with an aristocrat's daughter (Kim Tae-ri). At the same time, he discovers a plot by foreign forces to colonize Korea.[8]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

A Joseon-born slave whose parents were killed by their land lord. He escapes to the United States with the help of a missionary and returns to Joseon as a captain of the U.S Marine Corps and the acting consul for the United States. To his dismay, he is treated as a Korean in America but as an American in Joseon. He falls in love with a noblewoman and gets entangled in a complicated relationship.
A Joseon noblewoman who lost her parents as an infant. She trains as a sniper and become part of the Righteous army.
A son of a butcher who flees to Japan upon his parent's death and becomes a fearless samurai and member of the Musin society, which is part of a Yakuza group. As a teen he was helped by young Go Ae-shin and for that he is grateful and has deep affection for her.
An influential widow who runs a hotel in Joseon. She was married off to an old, rich Japanese man for money by her father. Upon her husband's mysterious death, she inherited the "Glory Hotel" and successfully operates it on her own. She is the daughter of Lee Wan-ik.
A Joseon nobleman who is considered to be the richest after the Emperor in terms of land ownership. He is emotionally tormented by his grandfather's actions and lives over a decade in Japan to avoid marrying the woman his grandfather chose for him. Once Hee-sung returns to Joseon, however, he discovers that his fiancé is Go Ae-shin and falls for her, only to realize that there is no place left for him in her heart.

Recurring[edit]

He is a gunman and the teacher of Go Ae-shin who trains her to become a sniper. He later becomes the head of the palace guard to protect the Emperor.
A pro-Japanese Korean man who killed Go Ae-shin's parents. Born as a commoner, he becomes the minister of foreign affairs and is the father of Kudo Hina.
A slave hunter who diverted and became a shop owner together with Choon-sik that takes care of any need.
A slave hunter who diverted and became a shop owner together with Il-sik that takes care of any need.
Go Ae-Shin loyal servant
The loyal maid of Go Ae-shin
An English interpreter who works at the American Consulate in Joseon. Later he becomes the English translator for the Emperor.
A skilful potter who helps Choi Yoo-jin as a child to escape from the slave hunters and flee to America. He is the leader of the Righteous army.
A Japanese colonel of noble blood. He knows Eugene when he’s in New York.
A cold-hearted mean nobleman who was considered to be the richest after the Emperor. He kills Choi Yoo-jin's parents.
He is a major of the United States Marine Corps and direct supervisor and friend of Eugene Choi.
The grandfather of Go Ae-shin. He was a great scholar and the teacher of the Emperor.
The aunt of Go Ae-shin who brought her up.
The cousin of Go Ae-shin and second wife of Lee Deok-moon.
  • Kim Joong-Hee as Lee Deok-moon
A pro-Japanese nobleman who works as an assistant for Lee Wan-ik. He is the husband of Go Ae-soon and is the cousin of Lee Jeong-moon.
Hee-sung's father. The richest man in Joseon after the Emperor.
Hee-sung's mother
The first emperor and founder of the Korean Empire.
An anti-Japanese minister who is loyal to the Emperor. He happens to be the cousin of Lee Deok-moon
The minister of foreign affairs who happens to be the reason for deaths of Choi Yu-jin's parents.
The uncle of Go Ae-shin who was minister in the royal palace. He was based in Japan and was supporting the Righteous army.
A Korean-born geisha who is part of the Righteous army.
A mute young Japanese fortune teller who ends up living together with Goo Dong-mae.
An American missionary who helps Yu-jin escape to America and is a father-figure to Eugene.
  • Kwon Hyuk[42]
  • Lee Si-hoon as Ko Yoshino[43]
A Japanese man who works for Hwang Eun-san.
The first Resident-General of the Korean Empire for the Japanese Empire.
  • Ariane Desgagnés-Leclerc as Stella[44]
An American missionary working as an English teacher in Joseon.

Special appearance[edit]

Production[edit]

  • The series is the third collaboration between writer Kim Eun-sook and director Lee Eung-bok [ko], after Descendants of the Sun (2016) and Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016).[52]
  • The drama marks film actress Kim Tae-ri's small-screen debut.[53]
  • The drama was first pitched by Studio Dragon to SBS, but the latter passed on the project due to financial and advertising constraints.[54]
  • Kim Sa-rang was originally cast in the series,[55] but backed out in February 2018 due to scheduling conflicts.[56] She was replaced by Kim Min-jung.
  • Filming began in September 2017 and took place in various parts of Korea including Busan, Daegu, Gokseong, Gyeongju and Hapcheon. Several sets solely devoted to the early 1900s setting of Korea was built on a 20,000 sq.m site in Nonsan, South Chungcheong Province, and another 6,600 a 20,000 sq.m site indoor set in Daejeon. 1000 extras were hired for a battle scene.[2][6][57]

Original soundtrack[edit]

Mr. Sunshine
OST
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
Released2018 (2018)
GenreSoundtrack
Language
LabelStone Music Entertainment
Hwa&Dam Pictures
Glove Entertainment

Part 1[edit]

Released on July 8, 2018
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistsLength
1."The Day" (그 날)
  • Park Hyo-shin
  • Jeong Jae-il
Park Hyo-shin4:52
Total length:4:52

Part 2[edit]

Released on July 15, 2018
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistsLength
1."Sad March" (슬픈 행진)
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • JELLO ANN
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Park Sang-hee
Elaine5:25
Total length:5:25

Part 3[edit]

Released on July 22, 2018
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistsLength
1."Days Without Tears" (눈물 아닌 날들)
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Kim Hee-jin
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Kim Hee-jin
Kim Yoon-ah3:46
Total length:3:46

Part 4[edit]

Released on July 29, 2018
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistsLength
1."Sori" (소리)
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Park Jin-ho
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Park Jin-ho
Lee Su-hyun (Akdong Musician)5:02
Total length:5:02

Part 5[edit]

Released on August 5, 2018
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistsLength
1."Good Day" (좋은 날)
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Park Jin-ho
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Park Jin-ho
  • Jeong Dong-hwan
MeloMance5:31
Total length:5:31

Part 6[edit]

Released on August 6, 2018
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistsLength
1."My Home (Eugene's Song)"
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • JELLO ANN
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Park Sang-hee
Savina & Drones4:20
Total length:4:20

Part 7[edit]

Released on August 12, 2018
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistsLength
1."Becoming The Wind" (바람이 되어)
  • Athena
  • Athena
  • eNa
Ha Hyun-sang4:43
Total length:4:43

Part 8[edit]

Released on August 13, 2018
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistsLength
1."Stranger" (이방인)
  • Park Woo-sang
  • Park Woo-sang
Park Won3:53
Total length:3:53

Part 9[edit]

Released on August 19, 2018
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistsLength
1."Shine Your Star (Prod. by Zico)"
  • Safira.K
  • Zico
  • Zico
  • Poptime
o3ohn3:35
Total length:3:35

Part 10[edit]

Released on August 26, 2018
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistsLength
1."And I"
  • Tenzo
  • LOOGONE
NU'EST W3:55
Total length:3:55

Part 11[edit]

Released on September 2, 2018
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistsLength
1."See You Again (Feat. Richard Yongjae O'Neill)"Ha Melli
  • POPKID
  • Safira.K
Baek Ji-young3:48
Total length:3:48

Part 12[edit]

Released on September 9, 2018
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistsLength
1."Beautiful As Fireworks" (불꽃처럼 아름답게)
  • Nam Hye-seng
  • Park Jin-ho
  • Nam Hye-seng
  • Park Jin-ho
Shin Seung-hun4:30
Total length:4:30

Part 13[edit]

Released on September 16, 2018
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistsLength
1."Lover" (정인 (情人))HenHenSejeong (Gugudan)3:54
Total length:3:54

Part 14[edit]

Released on September 23, 2018
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistsLength
1."If You Were Me"Son Go-eun (Monotree)Son Go-eun (Monotree), NOPARI (Monotree)Ben4:25
Total length:4:25

Part 15[edit]

Released on September 30, 2018
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistsLength
1."How Can I Forget You" (어찌 잊으오)Nam Hye-seung, Park Jin-hoNam Hye-seung, Park Jin-hoHwang Chi-yeul4:41
Total length:4:41
Disc 2:
No.TitleArtistLength
1."Mr SunShine (Opening Title)"Nam Hye Sung, Park Sang Hee5:58
2."Wildflower"Nam Hye Sung, Park Sang Hee4:30
3."What is love?"Nam Hye Sung, Park Sang Hee2:36
4."Sad Waltz"Nam Hye Sung, Park Sang Hee3:20
5."With a flame"Nam Hye Sung, Park Sang Hee3:25
6."A side-by-side walk"Nam Hye Sung, Park Sang Hee3:07
7."The Era of Romance"Nam Hye Sung, Park Sang Hee4:53
8."Glory"Nam Hye Sung, Park Sang Hee5:07
9."Waiting"Nam Hye Sung, Park Sang Hee1:11
10."Greensleeves (MusicBox Drama ver.)"Nam Hye Sung, Park Sang Hee2:35
11."No Tears (Piano ver.)"Nam Hye Sung, Park Sang Hee2:38
12."One more Step"Nam Hye Sung, Park Sang Hee4:19
13."Sad End"Nam Hye Sung, Park Sang Hee4:53
14."A Lady and Haman house"Nam Hye Sung, Park Sang Hee2:37
15."Black Bird"Nam Hye Sung, Park Sang Hee3:07

Historical accuracy[edit]

The series has been criticized for its inaccurate portrayal of historical facts,[58] as well as portraying Joseon's culture as uncivilized and backwards. It was also accused of being "pro-Japanese"; by being an apologist for pro-Japanese collaborators before Japan's colonial rule of Korea as well as "romanticizing" the pro-Japanese stance through portraying the character Goo Dong-mae as a member of the Black Dragon Society, a pro-Japanese organization.[59] The series was also criticized for enforcing stereotypes - portraying the Japanese as villains and the Americans as heroes.[60]

The production house of Mr. Sunshine responded to the criticisms by stating that the organizations and characters portrayed in the series are fictional and that they will modify the character description of Goo Dong-mae accordingly.[61]

Ratings[edit]

In this table, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings recorded by the series.

Ep. Original broadcast date Average audience share
AGB Nielsen[62] TNmS
Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
1 July 7, 2018 8.852% (1st) 10.636% (1st) 8.5%[63] N/A
2 July 8, 2018 9.691% (1st) 11.511% (1st) 10.8%[63]
3 July 14, 2018 10.082% (1st) 12.386% (1st) 10.1%[64] 11.9%[64]
4 July 15, 2018 10.567% (1st) 11.865% (1st) 11.4%[64] 12.7%[64]
5 July 21, 2018 10.835% (1st) 12.717% (1st) 10.6%[citation needed] N/A
6 July 22, 2018 11.713% (1st) 13.481% (1st) 11.1%[65] 12.0%[66]
7 July 28, 2018 11.114% (1st) 12.563% (1st) 10.8%[67] N/A
8 July 29, 2018 12.330% (1st) 13.912% (1st) 12.0%[68] 12.9%[69]
9 August 4, 2018 11.695% (1st) 12.763% (1st) 12.2%[69] 13.5%[69]
10 August 5, 2018 13.534% (1st) 15.400% (1st) 12.9%[70] 14.6%[69]
11 August 11, 2018 12.792% (1st) 14.227% (1st) 12.5%[citation needed] N/A
12 August 12, 2018 13.399% (1st) 15.378% (1st) 13.2%[71]
13 August 18, 2018 13.327% (1st) 15.576% (1st) 12.8%[72]
14 August 19, 2018 15.626% (1st) 18.126% (1st) 15.4%[73]
15 August 25, 2018 12.893% (1st) 14.686% (1st) 12.6%[citation needed]
16 August 26, 2018 15.023% (1st) 17.370% (1st) 14.8%[citation needed]
17 September 1, 2018 7.694% (1st) 8.140% (1st) N/A
18 September 2, 2018 14.722% (1st) 16.387% (1st)
19 September 8, 2018 14.114% (1st) 14.775% (1st)
20 September 9, 2018 16.500% (1st) 18.178% (1st) 15.6%[74] 17.1%[75]
21 September 15, 2018 14.280% (1st) 16.013% (1st) 13.2%[76] N/A
22 September 16, 2018 16.588% (1st) 18.749% (1st) 15.3%[76] 17.1%[76]
23 September 29, 2018 15.419% (1st) 17.272% (1st) N/A N/A
24 September 30, 2018 18.129% (1st) 21.828% (1st) N/A N/A
Average 12.955% 14.747% % %
Special September 22, 2018 8.937% 9.404% N/A N/A
  • This drama airs on a cable channel/pay TV which normally has a relatively smaller audience compared to free-to-air TV/public broadcasters (KBS, SBS, MBC and EBS).

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2018 11th Korea Drama Awards Grand Prize Lee Byung-hun Nominated [77]
Best New Actress Kim Tae-ri Nominated
Best Original Soundtrack "Days Without Tears" (Kim Yoon-ah) Nominated
6th APAN Star Awards Grand Prize Lee Byung-hun Won [78][11]
Drama of the Year Mr. Sunshine Won
Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Yoo Yeon-seok Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Kim Min-jung Won
Best New Actress Kim Tae-ri Won
K-Star Award, Actor Lee Byung-hun Nominated
K-Star Award, Actress Kim Tae-ri Nominated
Kim Min-jung Nominated
2nd The Seoul Awards Best Actor Lee Byung-hun Won [79]
Best Supporting Actor Yoo Yeon-seok Won
Best New Actress Kim Tae-ri Nominated

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