Mr. Sunshine (2018)

Words have no power. I will fight with a gun.

mr. sunshine

Mr. Sunshine centres around Eugene Choi (Lee Byung-hun) who was born into slavery in Joseon but escaped to the United States after the 1871 Shinmiyangyo (U.S. expedition to Korea). He becomes a United States Marine Corps officer and returns to Joseon after participating in the Spanish–American War. While in Joseon, he meets and falls in love with an aristocrat’s granddaughter, Go Ae-shin (Kim Tae-ri), who is part of the Righteous Army. However, their love is challenged by both their different classes and the presence of Kim Hee-sung (Byun Yo-han), a nobleman in an arranged marriage with Ae-shin. While in Joseon, he also encounters Goo Dong-mae (Yoo Yeon-seok), a ruthless samurai also in love with Ae-shin, and Hina Kudo (Kim Min-jung), owner of the popular “Glory Hotel” where Eugene stays. At the same time, he discovers a plot by the Empire of Japan to colonize Korea and soon becomes embroiled in the fight for Joseon’s sovereignty. (Source : Wikipedia)

  • Lee Byung-hun as Eugene Choi / Choi Yoo-jin
  • Kim Tae-ri as Go Ae-shin
  • Yoo Yeon-seok as Goo Dong-mae / Ishida Sho
  • Kim Min-jung as Lee Yang-hwa / Kudo Hina
  • Byun Yo-han as Kim Hee-sung
  • Genre : Historical / Romance / Melodrama
  • The series is set in Hanseong (the former name of Seoul) in the early 1900s, and focuses on activists fighting for Korea’s independence.
  • The series aired every Saturday and Sunday on tvN starting from July 7, 2018, and ended on September 30, 2018 for 24 episodes.
  • It premiered internationally on Netflix.
  • As of April 2020, it is the sixth-highest-rated Korean drama in cable television history.
  • Mr. Sunshine won the Drama of the Year award at the 6th APAN Star Awards, as well as Grand Prize for Lee Byung-hun.
  • The series is the third collaboration between writer Kim Eun-sook and director Lee Eung-bok, after Descendants of the Sun (2016) and Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016).
  • The drama marks film actress Kim Tae-ri’s small-screen debut.
  • Kim Sa-rang was originally cast in the series, but backed out in February 2018 due to scheduling conflicts. She was replaced by Kim Min-jung.


  • Mr. Sunshine is a beautiful historical drama – well written, exciting, emotionally stirring and heartbreaking.
  • This is not the typical kdrama (all about romantic scenes with cute and sexy guys).
  • A great balance between the history, love story and thrilling action scenes.
  • Every single actor played their character effortlessly and perfectly conveying the emotions beautifully!
  • One of the most tragic ending for all the characters.
  • If you are looking for a drama that leave a deep feeling, I recommend this.

My Rating – 8/10

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