Writer Kim Eun-sook and Director Lee Eung-bok are back with another blockbuster drama, after their wild success with Descendants of the Sun and Guardian: The Lonely and Great God aka Goblin, I think everyone has been anticipating what they would create next. Also, as a fan of both the leads of the drama Lee Byung-hun (Joint Security Area, I saw the Devil) and Kim Tae-ri (The Handmaiden) I have pretty much been anticipating this drama ever since it was announced! And after watching the first two Episodes of Mr Sunshine, I am definitely impressed and anticipating next weeks episodes.
First of all the Cinematography is gorgeous, the show looks like a movie. There’s an unusual Colour Grading in some places, namely the battle scenes, that gives certain shots a rainbow-like tint, which I thought was rather striking and beautifies the moment. This colour grading coupled with frenetic camera work for the Shinmiyangyo battle makes for a very disorientating moment, it feels as if we are just as bewildered by the chaos and carnage taking place just like the characters in the scene.
Another, standout moment in the first two episodes of Mr Sunshine has to be the when Yoo-jin and Ae-shin first encounter each other, both moonlighting as assassins they go after the same target and make their escape across the rooftops only to end up pointing their guns at each other. They surmise that because they had the same target they are perhaps allies and both depart. Moments later after changing out of their assassination gear, they encounter each other on the street, and as they walk past each other the smell of gunpowder gives away each other’s identities. They stare at one another for a while, and as they do the electric bulbs that line the street come on. What a perfect first encounter!!!! I always love these first meeting scenes in Korean Drama’s and I think this one may just have outdone Goblin’s scene in the rain! Watch below if you don’t know what I’m talking about!
Characters-wise I am very much intrigued by Yoo-jin and Ae-shin, both of their lives began tragically (I was fighting off tears throughout most of the first episode!), and they have both had to overcome prejudices, Yoo-jin had the struggle of becoming an immigrant in America and had to face discrimination and bullying due to his race, where Ae-shin had the obstacle of being a woman of noble birth, whose destiny is to find a husband and as her grandfather said ”live as a flower under his care”. I am really looking forward to seeing how these two characters converge together in future episodes.
In conclusion, these first two episodes of Mr Sunshine were really engrossing, all down to a mixture of beautiful cinematography, great performances from the lead actors and the period setting (I felt like I was getting a mini history lesson, in a good way that is). The only issue I had with these first two episodes was that the plotline unfolded a little messily in places which made some scenes hard to follow but after a while, I got back on track with the storyline. So, do I recommend giving Mr Sunshine a watch??… Absolutely…and if you’ve never watched a Korean Drama before, just do it, this is shaping up to be a great one to start with!
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