[2013~KDrama] Biography of Yi Sun-shin
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TV Show: Lee Soon-Shin's Unauthorized Biography (literal title)
Revised romanization: Leesoonshin Oejun
Hangul: 이순신 외전
Director: Jin Hyeok
Writer: Park Jin-Woo
Network: SBS
Release Date: June, 2013 --
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea


Korean naval commander Lee Soon-Shin survives the Battle of Noryang on December 16, 1598. With the help of a woman named Heo Cho-Hee, Lee Soon-Shin then tries to build a nation dominated by its waters and goes up against King Sunjo.


Drama series contains a mixture of fact and fiction around legendary Korean naval commander Lee Soon-Shin. Lee Soon-Shin died at the Battle of Noryang on December 16, 1598, but the series builds off the premise that he survived.

Yi Sun-shin as a drama once again

To be aired early next year on SBS. Another drama about Yi Sun-shin is coming soon for the first time in 8 years.

SBS is preparing a historical called "Biography of Yi Sun-shin" for next year. This is the first drama about Yi Sun-shin since the KBS 1TV historical "Immortal Admiral Yi Sun-shin " 8 years ago.

"Biography of Yi Sun-shin is produced by Jin Hyeok and written by Park Jin-woo-I. This drama is a fact-fiction about Yi Sun-shin not dying at the naval Battle of Noryang but surviving to establish a land of water. It shows the process of Yi Sun-sin establishing a sea empire while fighting against Yi Gyoon with a woman named Heo Cho-hee who dreams of a new world.

The SBS drama departments added, "The drama has historical figures but the story is based on fiction. Therefore the word "Biography" is added. Because it is imaginary, we can let our minds play along with imagination".

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Uhm Tae Woong in Final Discussion to Join New Historic SBS Drama

Uhm Tae Woong may soon be returning to viewers on the small screen through SBS’ upcoming new historic drama. Uhm Tae Woong’s agency confirmed initial reports on October 24 that the actor was in final discussion with the production of SBS’ The Hidden Story of Yi Soon Shin (tentative title) to play the leading role of Admiral Yi Soon Shin.

Directed by Jin Hyuk, who previously directed such dramas as City Hunter, the new historic drama revolves around the story of Admiral Yi Soon Shin, one of Korea’s most celebrated historic figures.

In the fictional account, Yi Soon Shin doesn’t die in the naval battle of Noryang but travels the seas all around the world to find a new land to govern.

The drama is aiming for a summer 2013 premiere and if Uhm Tae Woong accepts the role, will mark his first television drama role since May’s The Equator Man.

Photo Credit: Sim Entertainment

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