Next weekend is the arrival of tvN period drama Mr. Sunshine, and I don’t know what the K-netizens are feeling about it but for a big budget Kim Eun Sook penned drama this one is noticeably low on buzz. But if the drama looks as good as it does in the previews then it will continue to get high ratings and even continue to expand Kim Eun Sook’s overseas profile by being a good story to sell abroad about the Korean fight for independence towards the end of the Joseon era. I think the low buzz from English speaking fans is due to the casting of leads Lee Byung Hun with his scandal and relative newcomer Kim Tae Ri who doesn’t have a high profile or familiarity with her work yet. Their December-May romance also takes getting used to on the idea alone much less the execution, but I’m liking some subplots such as supporting leads Kim Min Jung and Yoo Yeon Seok‘s romance and Byun Yo Han‘s refreshing playboy lightheartedness in a drama where everyone seems so dour and serious. Check out the press conference pics and the long 14-minute preview below, with the drama premiering next Saturday July 7th after Lawless Lawyer ends this weekend.
Long 14-minute preview for Mr. Sunshine: