Drama: Descendants of the Sun (English & literal title)
Revised romanization: Taeyangui Hooye
Hangul: 태양의 후예
Director: Lee Eung-Bok
Writer: Kim Eun-Sook, Kim Won-Suk
Release Date: February 24 – April 14, 2016
Runtime: Weds. & Thurs. 22:00
Country: South Korea
Shi-Jin (Song Joong-Ki) is the captain of the special forces. He catches a motorcycle thief with Sergeant Major Dae-Young (Jin Goo). The thief is injured during his capture and is sent to the hospital. Dae-Young realises his cellphone was stolen by the thief and goes to the hospital to retrieve his cellphone.
In the emergency room, Shi-Jin meets Dr. Mo-Yeon (Song Hye-Kyo) for the first time. He falls in love with her immediately. Mo-Yeon mistakenly assumes Shi-Jin is part of thief’s criminal gang. He proves to her that he is a soldier with the help of army doctor Myeong-Joo (Kim Ji-Won).
Shi-Jin and Mo-Yeon begin to date, but due to their jobs their dates don’t go well. Shi-Jin takes an order to lead his soldiers on a peacekeeping mission to the country of Uruk. Meanwhile, Mo-Yeon becomes upset that she fails to become a professor due to a colleague’s privileged background. When Shi-Jin and Mo-Yeon meet again, they talk about their views on life and realise how different they are. Shi-Jin, as a soldier, kills to protect lives and Mo-Yeon, as a doctor, tries to save all lives. They say their goodbyes.
Eight months later, Mo-Yeon rebuffs the sexual advances of hospital chairman Suk-Won (Tae In-Ho) and as retribution is assigned to lead a medical team in Uruk. There, Shi-Jin and Mo-Yeon meet again.
- Takes over the KBS2 Wed. & Thu. 22:00 time slot previously occupied by “The Merchant: Gaekju 2015” and will be followed by “Master: God of Noodles” April 20, 2016.
- First script reading took place on May 28, 2015 at KBS Annex Broadcasting Station in Yeouido, South Korea. Song Joong-Ki and Song Hye-Kyo read scripts for ep.8 and ep.9 at the first script reading.
- Drama series is actor Song Joong-Ki‘s first acting role since being discharged from the South Korean military on May 26, 2015.
- Story is set in the fictional place of “Wooreukeu” with war and disease raging.
- Filming began June 12, 2015 and Song Joong-Ki began filming July, 2015.
- Filming took place in Greece for about a month from September 28, 2015. Main characters played by Song Joong-Ki and Song Hye-Kyo meet for the first time in Greece.
- Filming finished in the early morning of December 30, 2015.
- First drama series for KBS where filming will be completed prior to airing the drama series.
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