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Goblin writer Kim Eun-sook returns with period drama Mr. Sunshine

Pre-production work has begun for the next drama from hit writer Kim Eun-sook, of The Lonely Shining Goblin and Descended From the Sun fame (also Heirs, Secret Garden, and Lovers in Paris, among others). She’s announced that the synopsis is complete and script work has begun for her new drama, a period piece set at the turn of the twentieth century titled Mr. Sunshine.

The drama is set in 1900 to 1905, and tells the story of a soldier in the righteous army falling in love with an aristocrat’s daughter. It begins in 1871 when the hero boards an American military ship as a little boy during the Shinmiyangyo, a U.S. military expedition to Korea that resulted in a battle. He lands in the U.S. and then years later returns to Korea as an American soldier, to the country that abandoned him. While stationed in Korea, he’ll meet and fall in love with a nobleman’s daughter.

The term “righteous army” refers to Korea’s long history of commoners taking up arms to protect their country against foreign invaders, dating back to Goryeo. The righteous army made a comeback in 1895 to 1905 as Japan imposed more and more control over Korea, and eventually became the backbone of the independence movement’s guerilla militia during the Japanese occupation.

Kim Eun-sook explained, “It was a subject I’ve been wanting to write about for a long time… It’s not the story of independence fighters, but righteous armies. They aren’t recorded in history, but they’re stories we ought to know.” About covering a less common time period (most dramas and films set in that era tend to take place in 1910 to 1945, and make use of the set featured in Gaksital), Kim said, “There are sets of the Japanese occupation period, but there are no locations that exist for early 1900. We have to build the sets, and in order to do that, I have to hurry up and write the script. The synopsis is out and I’ve begun scriptwriting.”

Kim will be reuniting with PD Lee Eung-bok, with whom she made her last two massive hits, Goblin and Descended From the Sun. There’s no news yet of casting offers, but Kim Eun-sook said, “I have an actor in mind [for the leading character]. Because the character requires strong narration and wide breadth of emotion, I want an extremely good actor.” Well, I don’t know that anyone would say they want a mediocre actor, but at least Kim Eun-sook has enough clout to actually secure A-list talent.

It sounds like familiar territory for the writer after Descended’s heavy focus on the military, but the time period will likely become the focal point of this new drama, which is an era I look forward to seeing portrayed. These days Chicago Typewriter’s paltry glimpses at 1930s Kyungsung is making me hungry for a full-length drama from that era; maybe Mr. Sunshine will scratch that itch and tell an inspiring story of the generation that came before.

Mr. Sunshine is planning to air in spring or summer of 2018.

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Not gonna lie, I'm going to watch this even if it's about nothing I know about.

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lol my first downvote. :) I guess that's my cue to fix my ignorance and brush up on korean history. :) sorry if I offended you with my ignorance.

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Ok... at first this was exciting and I even screencapped my first downvote but now, this is confusing.

I went from just 1 downvotes to nearly every comment I made recently getting downvotes. I'm guessing it's the same person I offended going on a downvoting spree through my comments feed page.

I don't mind the downvotes, they're just numbers to me, but could you at least speak out and tell me what I did that was so wrong? I will apologize if I'm wrong, but I can't figure it out. I'll try to inform myself more on Korean history if that's what's bothering you.

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How do you tell who upvoted or downvoted you? And it sounds like it is someone trolling you. I'd just ignore it.

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Yes someone is doing this, your comments on Liar& his lover got downvotes too.

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LOL I don't know why my comment deleted, anyways, don't worry too much about it -- it's just a down vote ! Again like what the above said, it's probably just a troll D:

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LOL I don't know why my comment deleted, anyways, don't worry too much about it -- it's just a down vote ! Again like what the above said, it's probably just a troll D:

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Thanks guys. Like you said, I don't care about the downvotes, but I can't stand being curious. Your explanation that it's a troll helped quench that curiosity for the most part so it's all good. :) I was just worried there was another reason for it.

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Ooh. Never mind. Just after I wrote this comment, all the downvotes disappeared. Why? lol. Now I'm back to being confused and curious. Oh well, can't waste too much of my time on this silly thing.

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I'd never expect people like this on this site though! Even though I'm new, everything seems so positive and nice! On the brighter side -- suspicious partner is coming out on Wednesday :)
*please sponsor me*

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Anyway, isn't knowing nothing about something the reason TO watch something? Just take redfox's advice and add the downvote to your handmade toilet paper ?!

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I'm going to watch this simple because Kim Eun-sook is writing.

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Count me in.... me too.... and i might dig another korean history like i did in moonlovers because of this drama. And no need another reason to follow this drama later on... its simply because KES eonnie.... you have my trust eonnie....

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me too! this is the first i've heard about it, but i'm really excited about this one.

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Hoping it doesn't just focus on romance....or is that too much to wish for from KES?

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Isn't that her specialty and what she has always written? you'll unfortunately have to look for another writer if you're looking for less romance, it's like asking stephen king to stop writing thrillers.

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Good point. I do wish she'd spend more time developing her characters and love story. She certainly has memorable and funny characters but they often lack depth. Her love stories seem strongly aided by slow-motion, loud music and camera angles. Still she does manage to bring a spark to her story telling. Seems weird to say for a commercially successful writter, but I feel like she has potential that she hasn't achieved yet.

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I'm totally with you on this. Her stories are far from perfect but she always has a special something that keeps you hooked even if there are parts you really don't like. For example she created some of my all time favorite characters (Oska - Secret garden; The middle aged men in A gentlemen's dignity and the grim reaper from goblin) but i wouldn't watch those daramas a second time because they disappointed me in one way or the other (i mean secret garden didn't really obey by the implemented mystery rules and the solution was...well meh; goblin well was draggy at some points and felt rushed at the end and descendants well that was a little too much on the big bad guy part for my taste and well i would have liked it to focus more on the conflict soldier vs. doctor) When her dramas end i can't help but feel a little disappointed not for the romance or the character parts but the stories and the worlds she's creating because they aren't as well thought out as they could be. That's why I'm always waiting first for recaps for her dramas even when i know i will end up watching them anyway. lol. Just for that little special something she is able to create and implement in her dramas.

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I nominate Kang Ha Neul and Kang Sora!!!

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Go Ah Sung and whoever!!! Please!!!

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Yes to both go ahsung and kang haneul. But its unlikely kes will cast them. Since you know kes only cast popular actors

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LOL. Ko ah sung and whoever :D

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Kang Ha Neul would actually be great! But I have a feeling she will go for a more senior experienced actor ? by her comment on range of emotions, I just wondered if it could be Lee Joon Ki even ?

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On the younger front Kang Ha Neul. On the older side So Ji Sub.

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So Ji Sub doesn't have a wide breadth of emotion.

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But Yoo Seung-Ho does!

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Wasn't there a rumour about she's eyeing Jo In Sung and Jo Jung Suk? Or it could be the other way around I don't exactly remember, I'm sure most actors in Korea are dying to be casted in KES' drama - regardless of the drama quality.

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You'd have to have major balls or a contract you can't get out of to turn down KES. Her dramas are so popular that even years later, you'll be able to get new fans because there will be still people watching her old dramas and discovering you, and celebrities making references and impersonations of classic roles. The exposure is going to be great for anyone, even A-list stars.

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OH, JIS. I wanted her to go back to Hyun Bin until you just said JIS. Yes, please ? (with two cherries on top). How's his English?

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I'm seriously wanting to see kang dong won. he did expressed wanting to act in dramas. and if Kim eun seok partners up with TVN for this new drama, kang dong won will likely consider the offer; IF Kim eun sook is eyeing the actor as well.

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Kang Dong Won will likely not participate in any drama in the near future that has anything to do with Japan and Korea gaining independence due to his recent scandal.

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Or you need to be Gong Too who apparently said no to her for years before Goblin

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so he has the balls... it's not an or, it's an and. :)

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I'd be fine with Jo In Sung and Jo Jung Suk.

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+1 Kang Ha Neul

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What about Eric Mun?? He's a great actor, he can emote well and he lived in LA for years so he can speak English too ?

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I am excited to know who is going to be her next leading man.

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I would be more excited if she has a strong female lead as the central character.

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Interesting! It's true that Korean dramas have not touched on turn-of-the-20th century Joseon. I don't expect Kim Eun-sook to deal with the nitty-gritty of the politics of that time, but it does sound like it will make a sweeping background for her love story.

I wonder who she has in mind for her male lead.

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They did cover this time period back in the 1980s and 1995 based on the activist/patriot Kim Koo. One was called "Journal of Baekbeom." Baekbeom was his pen-name.

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It seems to me that KES always focuses mainly on the romance in the story, and that the context in which she sets her dramas are generally just used to throw her characters together. Hoping that's not the case with this, but even if it is, maybe dramas set in this era will become a trend?

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She's said before that she's wanted to woo Kang Dong-won and/or Won Bin back to dramaland (like she did for Jang Dong-won and, to an extent, Gong Yoo).

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Hoping she can get Kang Dong-won!

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Romance is not Kang Dong-won's favorite genre. I think he has been trying to avoid it.

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Now who's gonna be d next big leading man.
I nominate PARK BO GUM!!
his a good actor

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Haha!!! I too thought of just him!!!! His portrayal of emotions will make you feel him in that moment!!!!
If the character is younger, I vote Park Bo Gum.... On a little older note, Joo Won/Kim Soo Hyun?

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But Joowon just went army.. so not possible to be him..
I'm thinking of Lee Joon Ki xD

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Joo Won would have been a good fit!!! Lee Jun Ki would do justice to the role too!!!! Who would refuse some pretty!!!!

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While I like Goblin a lot, I couldnt care less about DotS. There's no guarantee, I guess, it depends on so many factors.

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Oh yeah I still cant get over the ending of Goblin but as time goes by it leaves a bitter-sweet taste in my mouth which I'm ok with.

Reading your comment makes me realize why I lost interest in dramas a couple of years back. Must be because they started out so promising and disappointed badly along the way. Thanks for the insight.

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My mom is currently watching Goblin and she is immensly enjoying it. I dont wanna spoil it for her and tell her how sad it will be in the end.

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Oh, please let her enjoy it. I think the rom-com part of Goblin is pretty decent.

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My mom loved Goblin, even the ending. The only thing she didn't like was hearing "that same dang song" in the bg lol. I hope yours will enjoy it all the way through as well.

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Goblin was good because of the cast not because of the writing. If the cast didn't have the awesome chemistry with one another it would be a complete disaster. KES is really good at getting the right cast and team for her dramas. Even though her writing isn't that's great.

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Check out City hall.

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I concur! The ratings were considered "Ehh" for a KES drama, so you know it's a gem :)

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I love city hall. Out of all KES' works, i've only finished city hall and goblin.

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I can partially agree about the plot. It felt a bit empty, especially in DOTS...
However, I really really appreciate that KES's recent dramas (Goblin and DOTS) have no second lead clichés. That is one thing I am really sick of already, so that's one good thing for me.
And she kept me entertained, I was able to finish all of her most recent dramas I watched (Goblin, DOTS, Heirs) which is quite a feat for me since I tend to drop whatever bores me.
One more great thing is humour. She knows how to create funny situations (at least in Goblin and DOTS, I don't remember The Heirs). Goblin and DOTS made me laugh out loud more than once. And that is great, because I usually watch a drama to laugh and relax (at least these days).
But all in all, I guess it comes down do personal preferences. If you are looking for a funny romance with epic moments, Kim Eun Sook it is for you. And that genre probably appeals to the public, since she's even won an award for her script.

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Both DOTS and Goblin appealed to me because of the bromance. In DOTS, I could not care less about the romance of our leads; second leads romance was more interesting.

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but lots loved the romance and main couple and most scenes parodied on shows are between Euntak and Kim Shin. So it's not like her main romances are unsuccessful to the public.

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While, personally, KES dramas don't tend to fare well upon reflection ("wait, why was I so obsessed?") and for all her faults, I have to give her major props for getting out the "evil/clingy 2nd lead female" business, zippy dialogue that reminds me of classic hollywood rom-com banter, and for being entertaining.

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do you like or finish any dramas????

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You spoke my mind. This is where I'm at with her dramas right now. I'll still likely be suckered in by this one because of the time period and the stellar cast she usually gets to sign on, but I won't hold out hope for it to be amazing.

It would be nice if she could give us a drama or romance that rivaled City Hall, still her best. Or at least something as enjoyable as Goblin.

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I drop all KES drama too n I dont know why.. maybe I just dont fell the story.. they just cannot make me interested.. n goblin just 1 episode in my memory..
But I think the reason people like her drama is the fresh storyline. . Best actor .. n all her drama is high budget production..
Maybe I will watch if Kim So Hyun partner with Nam ji Hyun.. kkkk

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DOTS and Secret Garden were really nice. I would have to disagree with on those. But Heirs was unbearable, and Goblin just confused me, Gong Yoo was the only reason I kept watching. Hopefully, the next one, she picks actors that are actually capable and not just because they are A listers

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Goblin's storyline was damn good (though I did feel there are still some loose tie) and that what get me in the train and was beautifully shot. But DotS though.... I have no word except pretty cast and pretty shots. So I think, from those two dramas, instead of Kim Eunsook I would give the credit more to the PD.

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I like Dots, not because of the pretty cast but because the characters were likable people and refreshingly mature and self-aware, yet also relatable in their flaws. I'm a jane austen girl, so I like the spit-fire style of dialogues and witty banter too.

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well well i might be in the minority love love DOTS way more than goblin. . the acting is better, not only from song jong ki. i think DOTS might be my most fav kim eun suk drama. because at times several scene is geniunely moving.

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I love DotS more than Goblin too. I wasn't as invested in the main romance of Goblin as I was in the main romance of DotS (I have two aunts married to military officers so I caught a glimpse into what their love lives was like) also, I'm more biased towards Lee Dong-wook and Yoo Inna than Gong Yoo and Kim Go-eun, so that could have been part of it. I enjoyed watching both of them for Kim Eun-sook's fantastic story telling but I cried a lot more in DotS than in Goblin.

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I'll watch anything KES makes even if it's about toilet paper. but this sounds dope.

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Lol ?

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that should be a scriptwriting challenge!

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Yasss! Queen Eun-sook fans represent!

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Hmm I wonder why "Mr. Sunshine" though. The title of her last project, Goblin: The Lonely and Great God, was a huge tip off that it's a bittersweet story. Will this one be filled with rays of sunshine? lol

I am excited for this drama largely because we'll be in an era that is rarely used in kdrama. I am so curious which actor she has in mind this time. That actor is damn lucky to get a love-call from this star screenwriter. I cannot wait to hear casting news for this!

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Probably because he's an admirable person who 'shines'?

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As long as he doesn't sparkle ;).

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hahah that's another level of intensity

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I loved DOTS and Goblin so much that I know that I'm going to love anything that KES writes. This one seems really interesting and I can't wait to know the actor she has in mind and any other casting offers!

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Sounds fresh though probably after this a lot of other dramas will follow suit and be set in this time period. I wasn't crazy over DOTS but I loved Goblin to bits, I haven't watched her other dramas though I've heard of them. Will definitely watch out for this.

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Lee jun ki pleaseee. It's a period drama after all

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Mr sunshine? Sounds like a soap detergent..

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Lmao!!

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Please cast JO IN SUNG!!!

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He is one of my top choices. him or Ji Sung

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+1 for Jo In Sung

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Park Bo Young!!!

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and Kang Ha Neul, please!

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^and kim seul gi

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Their chemistry in Happy Together is soooo cute!!!

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Yesss! Anyone with Kang Ha Neul!!!

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Woah! Didn't know a lot of people hated Park Bo Young! Gee, thanks for the downvotes. ?

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I can relate to you! I am still Jang Geu Rae, yet already have 3 downvotes, I wonder how many downvotes would I get when I reach another level later. Some people are just so easy on their downvotes. Cheer up!

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i agree, i dont get it with the downvotes.. unless the comment is something downright offensive, that's when you get my downvote.

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Maybe it's just me, but one thing that I like about dramas set in those eras is the costumes/wardrobe and the setting.
There should be a cafe/bar like Carpe Diem (also found in Gaksital), old cars, femme fatale fighting for independence, and jazz--I wish the time frame in Mr. Sunshine is somehow stay true to those eras.
In Chicago, unfortunately, the song Yoo Jin-oh is whistling was originally released in 1954, instead of 1920s/30s.

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Yes me too! KES usually goes big, seeing how much was spent on DoTS and Goblin and a lot of attention was paid to all the production details. So I have a feeling it will be done well ? let's see! ?

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Mr. Sunshine is set in an earlier time so I don't think there will be Bridal Mask/CT-style bars and fashions. I'm thinking that if there will be Western clothes, it will be something along the lines of Titanic or early Downton Abbey.

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Yesss after Chicago Typewriter I have been craving for a drama in this time period. And I LOVED Goblin, so I have faith this will be done well. If all else fails, it will at least be beautiful to look at ?

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Sounds like a role for Go Soo and Moon Chae-won, I've been in love with this pairing since I saw them in the short film, Awaiting. These two would be my dream casts.

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Wow, Go Soo honestly would be so good! If not Moon Chae Won, I think Seo Hyun Jin would fit to pair with Go Soo too!

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Seo hyun jin as the aristacrotic girl would be spot-on casting. About time she gets to major stardom. She has everything going for her.

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And just in case her fans get offended, I know she was in two hits recently, but I want her to get to the next level.

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What about another actress with same-letters initials: Seo Ji Hye. She's pretty, elegant, can do comedy and tragedy well, play someone with a strong character and would make for a great heroine.

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I would love that. Even if she doesn't snag the lead (though she's certainly good enough), I would love her as a second lead in this because they often get awesome characters and lovelines too, even if I always want them to have more screen time.

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Oh my, I love that short film, too!! ♥

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Go Soo would be perfect fit.

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I would love this ❤️ Whoever the leads, i will support kim eun sook.. Can't wait ???

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This sounds so exiting! I'm really happy to hear about this. I know nothing about this era in Korean history, so I'm hopeful to learn something new. Also I loved both Goblin and Descendants so I'm really looking forward to this. Unfortunately we have to wait at least for a year.

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Wow. Impressive. It's admirable of her to cover a time period that few people have done before. Say what you will about her talents as a writer, one thing is guaranteed. It's definitely going to be a huge hit. I had thought that when she mentioned a period piece, she was going to touch on the Joseon time period that most dramas focus on, I had no idea it would be so close to what is considered modern times. Good for her!

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WON BIN AND HA JI WON ??

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Perfect!

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Would be perfect

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Hi @girlfriday are you throwing shade on the predictability of Kim Eun-sook that's why you choose the two pictures above? >,<

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They're different scenarios. One is protecting her from the sun's glare, the other one is affectionately giving her comfort with a head pat with goodbye.

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Nah, I think she chose those two because those were her last two works.

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I think it just made for a nice visual contrast (sun/rain) since the pictures are more or less mirror images.

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I just thought of Won Bin. It would be a miracle I think if writernim would be able to rail him back to dramaland. Just wishful thinking hehe

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well if you want an extremely good actor. you just have to re-cast Song Jong Ki. haha. i don't know what she means an extremely good actor though.

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Good looking with talents hopefully.

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Jo In-sung wants to work with Kim Eun-sook badly. Maybe he could be a potential candidate?

https://www.dramafever.com/news/jo-in-sung-is-anxious-to-join-the-goblin-and-dots-screenwriters-next-production/

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I can see Kim Eun-sook picking Jo In-sung especially after his latest movie "The King" which I think he did well in.

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Jo In-sung has definitely improved over the years, but Jo Jung-suk is by far a better actor imho.

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Jo Jung-suk is love!

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I'll always go with genuinely good actors listed below but those who are more popular will mostly get the role in this kind of big production dramas.
Kim Eun-sook may not be my favorite writer but she is a hit maker and that's power.

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Actors in their 30s I'd say Ha Jung-woo is the extremely good actor of the whole industry but he is probably too busy and perhaps too big of an actor to return to dramas.
I'll have to eat my words if he does return to dramas because the queen herself Jeon Do-yeon did it.

For dramas I'd say Song Joong-ki and Hyun-bin are out because they've already been cast in her other dramas but we never know. I wouldn't mind if she recast either of them.
We are left with Jo Jung-suk, Kim Mu-yeol (not enough star-power but he can one man a drama), and maybe Yoo Ah-in if he is still around.
Then there is Park Jung-min, and Jung-woo who are extremely talented but not as popular.

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man kim Mu Yeol would be my dream. agree though Ha Jung Wo has already too big of an actor to go to the small screen. i would be glad if it's Park Jung Min, but a really good actor who really fit Kim Eun Sook leading male is Kim Mo Yeol. if only Kim Eun Suk has an eye for talent and not just has a star power.

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Love him and I'm impatiently waiting for "Warriors of Dawn" to hit the theatres so I can watch him and Yeo Jin-goo.
Park Jung-min is so talented <3.

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love kim mo yeol too, and I totally agree with you, KMY, tho he's so good, manly and whatsoever his star charm still below others probably still can't reach KES eyes *sigh*

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Jo Jung-suk would be a great choice.

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Or Lee Je-hoon! His acting in The Frontline was so good.

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Undoubtedly Writer Kim with such a solid record as a hit-maker, Mr. Sunshine will most likely have a massive budget for A-list stars to headline the project. Reading the synopsis, undoubtedly there will be some non-Korean actors with speaking roles in the story. PD Lee, please dedicate part of the budget to hire "real" actors in order to avoid the usual cringefest whenever non-Korean actors are on the screen?

Please do not let me suffer through another case of Agus-itus who induces the opposite response whenever he tries to emote. Even smaller roles like Kim Tan's surfer dude friend makes me wish that I have a special dedicated fast-forwarding button on my remote for these scenes. Perhaps someone can design an app similar to "ad-block" to filter out these actors.

Hopefully with the rising popularity of K-dramas globally perhaps there will be good foreign actors with real credentials who would be enthusiastic to be cast in a blockbuster drama like Mr. Sunshine. At the very least please hire actors decent enough to help minimize the involuntary upward rolling motion of my eyeballs? Please Drama God, spare my poor eyeballs!

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Hi Kimbap. Upon reading your comment, Kim Jae Wook just popped on my mind. I remember that he's from Japan so maybe he'll be a good villain for this drama. Waaaah. Can't wait for it.

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Since the desegregation of the US Army did not happen until 1948 (according to Wikipedia), it would be fitting for the lead to be in an America infantry unit of Asian American men. What a terrific opportunity to cast some established non-Korean Asian actors or introduce Asian-American actors to the Korean audience! Perhaps a cameo by Daniel Henney as an officer or a cute puppy character for Henry Lau?

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In addition, if our hero has been in America for years he will need to speak convincing English.
? Like that's gonna happen.

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Don't we have anyone who can speak convincing english?

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Lee Byung Hyun speaks very good English, not that he's probably right for this part. Honestly, I think lots of Korean actors probably speak pretty good English, please hire one. Hyun Bin is good ?

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Hi bbstl, I am much more forgiving for Korean actors who cannot speak English with perfect inflection even though it does sometimes dampen an otherwise stellar performance of an actor/actress. Overall I do wish drama writers will just eliminate scenes with English dialogue or for characters who suppose to be born and/or raised in English-speaking countries but I don't mind it too much since I do feel it is unrealistic expectation on my part.

I do give Song Joong-Ki an A for effort in DOTS but an F for Agus since he is a native English speaker. To be fair, I would consider David McInnis as one of the better non-Korean actors in dramas, but since Agus is relatively central to the plot and has some character development, his scenes with wooden performances makes this drama blockbuster feels like an American B-movie.

Since the American army was segregated in the beginning of 1900, it is possible to eliminate hiring terrible non-Korean actors by having a Asian-American unit where the soldiers speak to each other in Korean with shared Korean heritage.

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Oh, in no way do I disagree with you about the wooden performances we see from Westerners in kdramas. (As in so many Beanie comments, where do they find these guys??) I so often wonder if a lot of that isn't directorial choice for the domestic audience (why???) (and if the actors aren't grinding their teeth) but I've never seen David McInnis, for example, in anything else.
The situation I'm referring to often has the inverse problem of why Korean characters were adopted as toddlers by North American families but hit the ground in Korea speaking perfect Korean, what is that magic? At least we can assume this new character will be old enough and have Korean characters with him in America to help him hold on to his Korean.

But I guess I thought Kang Sora's Russian was great in Misaeng because I don't speak Russian, so almost any level of English will be ok for our hero for the audience that counts, the non-native English speaking audience, you are right.

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Moorim School was an extremely silly drama with awkward acting, but the caucasian teacher was surprisingly one of the best characters, and well-acted enough. He was better than many of his Korean peers (though it wasn't a high bar by any means)

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If its about english I'd like to see Choi Si Won, I thought his english was pretty good in She is pretty...not sure if hell be back from the army by then

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I'm loving the premise already... But then I also loved the ones for Dots and Goblin. Please please please let them hire a better music editor (?) and cut down the slow-mo scenes jfc

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lol @ slomo scene. i bet since this is a pre produced drama, they won't do alot of slomo scene.

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some of her slow-motion scenes are iconic though. they're one of the first scenes that come to mind when I try to remember the dramas.

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True. For me it's the raining scene in Goblin when they first met after school.

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Mine will be the car-rescue slow-mo for Goblin, and the helicopter slow-mo for DOTS. It was cheesy, undoubtedly, but very memorable.

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Yep, they are iconic. But sometimes I feel they're too forced or too drama-ish (haha I dunno how to explain it). I actually enjoy her dramas, it helps that I like the actors, but I do feel like they're the more-style-over-substance type~

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YES all her shows need a better - more subtle - music director. Let me enjoy the moment without the music or the lyrics BLARING in our ears that 'This Is An Important And Significant Moment OKAY!'

I thought the slow-mo use in Goblin - when they were walking out of the tunnel with their vegetable shopping/groceries was hilarious. There, slow-mo was used iconically and ironically.

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Yeah, I think I wouldn't have minded certain scenes/slow-mos that much too if the music was just a little better XD

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I think it's pretty obvious from the fact that the protagonist headed to the US in 1871 as a little boy and the story is set in 1905+ that the actor she has in mind is in his mid-30s (at the very very least). With her tendency to cast A list stars too, you can probably narrow down the choices a little as well. Kang Haneul is very unlikely imo, and Park Bogum is virtually impossible.

I wonder why people are excited for this though. KES basically writes love stories in unconventional settings. Her dramas are essentially all about romance. The era, environment, background are all gimmicks really.

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My first thought is SO JI SUB

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Agree on the age part - I deduced the same as you.

How about Lee Byun Hyun? Is it possible?

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I was right! It is Lee Byung Hun that she had in mind and he had accepted! Will be looking forward to this.

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What do you mean why people are excited? You said it yourself, her dramas are full blown romance and that's just what I like. 90% of the shows I watch are romance so I am a fan of her work. No matter how downhill a show is if I am into the main pairing I usually stick around (which was sadly not the case with Goblin because I could NOT get into the main pairing)

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If you like KES's style, it's understandable. But there are people who are excited because it's supposedly about the righteous army, which is the gimmicky part of it.

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I think it's mostly KES... you don't get that many comments on news posts about a drama on that part or any part of history (usually even less comment than usual for period dramas). The period is no doubt exciting, but not enough to generate even half or even a third of this kind of hype.

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I have a feeling that KES will cast Kim Soo Hyun for the male lead. Because, why not!

And for the female lead I want someone fresh not a nuna for Kim Soo Hyun please and what's with the title Mr. Sunshine???!!!

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Ummm, because Kim soo hyun is heading to military service? I think that movie "Real" is supposed to be his last project before enlisting... Cmiiw

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I think KES mentioned before her ideal man for this series is somewhere along the lines of Jo In-sung, Kang Dong-won and Won Bin.

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Jo in-sung, jo in-sung, jo in-sung.
You gave me something to hope for for the next two or three months (until casting would be announced)

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why do i want to test writer Kim's influence to KDW or Won Bin teehee