The new South Korean original drama “Mr Sunshine” will premiere exclusively on Netflix starting from July 7 with episodes streaming on the same day of its Korean broadcast in the US and most Asian territories.
Written by Kim Eun-sook and directed by Lee Eung-bok, this 24-episode series is the latest work of Hwa&Dam Pictures and Studio Dragon, which created the global hit series “Descendants of the Sun” and “Goblin”. It will premiere in Japan on July 8 and the rest of the world on July 19.
“We have seen so much passion for top quality Korean stories and the pedigree of a title like ‘Mr Sunshine’ is a significant step forward in building a strong Korean content library for our members around the world,” said Rob Roy, vice president of content acquisition.
Set during the US expedition to Korea in the late 19th century, “Mr Sunshine” tells the story of a Korean boy born into a family of a house servants running away to board an American warship, later to return to his homeland as a US marine officer. He ironically falls in love with an aristocrat’s daughter and discovers the dark scheme to colonise the country that he once ran away from.
Lee Byung-hun, who played Storm Shadow in the “GI Joe” series and Han Cho Bai in “Red 2”, is cast in the role of US marine officer Eugene Choi, while Kim Tae-ri who came into the spotlight with The Handmaiden, will play the aristocrat’s daughter, Ko Ae-shin.
Yoo Yeon-seok, Kim Min-jung, and Byun Yo-han also play key roles.