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September 16, 2018
'Mr. Sunshine’ ratings winner for Saturday night
Hit drama series “Mr. Sunshine” came out on top of Saturday night’s ratings war, with viewership averaging 14.3 percent.
Saturday night ratings figures from Nielsen Korea showed tvN’s Saturday-Sunday nighttime show “Mr. Sunshine,” starring Lee Byung-hun, had peak ratings of 16.1 percent, beating all other programs on air, including MBC’s “Hide and Seek” and SBS’ “Let Me Introduce Her.”
On Saturday’s episode, viewers watched Eugene Choi and Go Ae-shin travel to Japan together after Choi proposed to Go with a ring.
Go also tells Choi she has held feelings for her for a while, but the two briefly part ways in Japan before assassinating Takashi Mori, a high-ranking Japanese military official, who posed a great threat to Joseon’s independent future.
While the two were successful in the mission to kill Mori, they were soon discovered and found themselves on the run.
The episode ends with the two arriving at the US legation in Japan and surrounded by armed US government officials, drumming up anticipation for the next episode.
The 22nd episode of the show will air Sunday at 9 p.m., with the last two episodes scheduled to air a week later.
By Yim Hyun-su (email@example.com)
Captures: SE Daily
My Boss.. My Friend.. My Honor ..
Kyle: Now tell me. Why are you here?
EC: I am going on another picnic in Joseon. I'll be a real outlander.
Kyle: So Joseon is your real homeland.
EC: My homeland is America, even without my uniform. I am again leaving my country but I am not running away this time. I'm moving forward.
Kyle: If you must go, you promise me one thing. You come back.
EC: I promise. I'll come back. By the way, I always wanted to ask you something. Why do you want to be my friend? You fired at another American because of me.
Kyle: Because you are a good soldier and others who messed with you are idiots. And I believe in God.
EC: Thank you Kyle. My boss, my friend, my honor. May God be with you always. (thanks to bedifferent for the transcript)
Clip: Felipe Arca (appeared on episode 22)
September 15, 2018
Mr. Sunshine: Korean Drama for Global Audiences
by Elias Kruger I SuperPosition
Romance, action, drama and political intrigue: there is something for everybody here.
One of the gifts of the Netflix era is the wide access to global entertainment content. You can literally follow a show made in any country from anywhere. While there are some licensing restrictions, I am amazed how I can converse with my parents, who now reside in Brazil, about shows we can share even living in different countries.
Recently, I started watching some East Asian shows which prompted the algorithm to fill my Netflix list with similar recommendations. That is the gift of AI uncovering entertainment options you would have never discovered otherwise. That’s how I stumbled upon Mr. Sunshine. After reviewing the preview and accepting my reliance on subtitles (just like non-English speakers must do all over the world for Anglo content), I decided to watch it. I had watched historical Korean drama years ago and greatly enjoyed it. This one seemed to hold promise.
The drama centers around the unlikely romance between a noble woman and a slave in the beginning of the 20th century as Korea is courted by multiple colonizing foreign powers. The twist is that slave had fled Korea as a child and now return as a member of the US Marine corp. Within this plotline, the drama explores well the ambiguities of social class, nationality and race. The noble lady is no princess as she secretly trains as a sharp-shooter for the Korean resistance. The slave turned into foreign soldier becomes the Korean-American that no one knows what to do with. He is too Korean to be American but too American to be Korean.
Aside from a compelling plotline, the story is enhanced by breathtaking cinematography and captivating scores. The dialogues are short but charged with emotion. There is so much being expressed through the actors’ eyes and facial expressions that words are only an accessory to the meaning being conveyed. With that said, the drama contains a sizeable amount of action scenes that rivals if not outperforms most Hollywood blockbusters. Romance, action, drama and political intrigue: there is something for Western and Asian audiences here. For Americans, especially, it will be interesting to get a perspective from the outside – the good and the bad. While America enables a Korean slave to transcend its class, it is also one of the countries seeking to colonize Korea at that time.
That is why I believe this show will be the watershed that projects K-drama into the global stage. As Netflix and other platform showcases global entertainment options, the more they gain audiences beyond their country of production. Mr. Sunshine is an example of this trend, and possibly the first of many K-dramas to get international recognition.
MR.SUNSHINE, 4 episodes till finale ~ Unexpected Surge
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