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A closer look on Yoo Yeon Seok’s role in tvN’s upcoming drama ‘Mr. Sunshine’ – Goo Dong Mae

/dust off the blog/

Well hi there YeoNiverse wordpress, long time no update! Haha. Well in recent time we’re mostly focused on our SNS platforms for Yoo Yeon Seok’s updates – Twitter; Facebook; Instagram; Tumblr… so we hardly post things here, sorry.

Anyway. A few days ago, tvN has released the first trailer of their upcoming drama, Mr. Sunshine. Written by Kim Eun Sook, here is one of the descriptions of the drama available:

“Writer Kim is drawing young romance and love on a sheet of confusing and scathing background of modern history. Men and women born in slave, butcher and noblemen families overcome their social statuses and fall in love.” [S]

YeoNiverse has subbed the trailer for your viewing –

Now we have a fierce looking Yoo Yeon Seok in the trailer – he’s sporting an unkempt hair, sending some deadly stares as he lead a pack of swordsmen in Japanese traditional clothing . He is Goo Dong Mae.

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Goo Dong Mae is the Branch Manager of the Kokuryukai, or Amur River Society in Kyungsung (one of Seoul’s old names). Kokuryukai was a  prominent paramilitary, ultranationalist right-wing group in Japan. [S]

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Now come the questions about Goo Dong Mae – is he a villain? Is he a bad guy? Is his role a tragic one? Will we hate him? Will we understand from where he came from?

If anyone is interested, you can read below on (the possibility of) Goo Dong Mae’s background:

Firstly, Mr. Sunshine is set in the early 1900s, an era before the Japanese occupation in Korea, but the Japanese influence over the country was growing. During those time, and before that, ie the time when this drama characters were born and growing up, the Korean traditional social hierarchy still exist. They were living in a society where people were divided into classes such as –

  1. Wangjok (Royalty);
  2. Yangban (Nobility – mainly composed of civil servants and military officers [s]);
  3. Chungin (upper middle class [s]);
  4. Sangmin (the working class, or the peasants. Common people of Joseon Korea – consisted of peasants, laborers, fishermen, some craftsmen and merchants. [s]);
  5. Cheonmin (“vulgar commoners,” the lowest caste of commoners in dynastical Korea. Divided into 2 broad categories – 1) the slaves and 2) occupational Cheonmin[s] )
  6. Baekjeong (said to be of Cheonmin class, but their status is lower. They’re an “untouchable” outcast group of Korea, often compared with the burakumin of Japan and the dalits of India and Nepal. [s])

Goo Dong Mae is said to be a ‘Baekjeong’s son’.

Baekjeong (백정) means 1) “butcher: (archaic) A person who slaughters animals such as cows, pigs, etc., for market.” [S]; and 2) Baekjeong also denotes an “untouchable” outcast group of Korea [S] Butchery is the main occupation of the outcast group Baekjeongs, and it is noted that butchery was more a public obligation than a source of income for them. [S]

“The baekjeong did jobs that no self-respecting Buddhist Korean would touch, including anything working with animals. Slaughtering animals; leather making; these kinds of dirty duties were avoided by Koreans, and so were filled de facto by baekjeong.” [S]

So based on the above info, we can safely assume that Goo Dong Mae belongs to Baekjeong, the outcast group of people back in the days.

Baekjeong people faced contempt and discriminations from all frontsseparate communities (they were forced to live in segregated quarters isolated from the common people), restriction on dress (they were forbidden to wear the ordinary headgear of black varnished lacquer which was worn by all married people as it was considered too good for them, among others), restriction on marriage customs and funerals  (They were not allowed to use the community funeral cart which were usually found in each village to transport the corpse. Their dead had to be buried in segregated plots so as not to pollute the sacred burial grounds of the common people, among others), restriction on names, they did not have the civil rights held by the ordinary people since they were not considered worthy of citizenship, forbidden from buying fresh fish in the market, punished differently from other people, and a lot more discriminations. (Click on here [S] to read more on the discriminations faced by the Baekjeong people)

…Paekchong suffered from the contempt and discrimination in ordinary society, it is interesting to notice that the status of the Paekchong was far below that of the slaves in the traditional Korean social system.”,there was no way for the Paekchong or their descendants to break out of the outcast status and to become· yangmin.” [S]

A few more descriptions of Goo Dong Mae in the drama:

  • “…Koo Dong-mae, who loves Ko Ae-sin. He was born to a butcher’s family and abandoned the Josun on his own but he risks everything on Ko Ae-sin who took to him as a human being unlike others who saw him as no better than a pig or cow.” [S]
  • “…the son of a lowly butcher who flees his homeland and goes to Japan in search of a new life. He’s described as a tragic character who falls in love with Kim Tae-ri’s aristocratic young lady, and will risk everything for his love.” [S]
  • “To help her country during the time of crisis, Ae Shin is leaving to join the righteous army. Dong Mae is worried about her and wanted to help her, but he is conflicted between the resentment he harboured towards Joseon and worrying over his own current condition.” [S]

So his background as a Baekjeong who faced the contempt and discrimination in Joseon explains why Dong Mae hates Joseon and flee to Japan on his own to seek a new life.

This is probably how he became the branch manager of the Kokuryukai in Kyungsung, and became on the Japanese side.

But then again, there is also a possibility of him crossing over once Ae Shin whom he loves, decides to join the righteous army. Will Dong Mae also join her and became the righteous army to fight off the growing influence of the Japanese in Joseon – which would mean he has to risk everything and betraying the Kokuryukai?

This whole thing about the drama and characters sounds so meaty (no pun intended) so it also made us wonder if the actual drama would be as meaty as the concept suggest or would it be just an empty love story with the turbulant times of Joseon being only their background? Also, the chances of his role being hated is very high, on top of his screentime might not be that much. So be prepared and best not to expect much, folks. lol.

The drama is planned to be aired starting from July 7, 2018.

(Note: The post was edited and updated with a few more info)

[Eng] (Comments) Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim is in discussion for 1 episode extension as a result of preempted episode due to SBS Gayo Daejun


Star News via Naver : [Exclusive] Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim is in discussion for 1 episode extension as a result of preempted episode due to SBS Gayo Daejun


1. [+3237,-96] Please extend ㅠㅠ I don’t know about other dramas but Romantic Doctor is full of many stories so it will not drag even if (it’s extended)!!

2. [+2518,-74] It is episode focused and the writer has plenty of experience so there won’t be a problem when it comes to maintaining quality for about one episode extension.

3. [+1843,-63] Wow I really like it!! ㅠㅠ

4. [+1590,-58] Please make it. Drama of my life ㅠㅠ

5. [+1384,-121] Let’s go with 4 or 5 episodes extension

[Eng] (Comments) Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim Ep. 7

These are a few of the popular articles on Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim ep. 7. There were more but I forgot to bookmark the others so we’ll have to just settle with these? Haha. As usual, sorry if the rough translations are not that accurate ^^;;

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1) Osen via Naver : ‘Romantic Doctor’ Seo Hyun Jin, threatened by an armed assailant crisis.. Yoo Yeon Seok ‘shocked'[comprehensive]

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  1. [+2479,-48] Tomorrow the SWAT team will be dispatched ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ it’s a really unusual development… My first time seeing a medical drama like this ㅋㅋㅋㄱㅋㅋㅋㅋ
  2. [+2251,-169] The Chinese woman is a nuisance, there is no big * if she doesn’t come out (*not sure what this meant)
  3. [+1505,-44] What’s wrong with that ahjusshi….. why are you doing that to Dr. Yoon Seo Jung ㅠㅠ
  4. [+1117,-33] At the back the Head of Department is 똬아아악* (*not sure)
  5. [+1124,-46] It’s an amazing dramaㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ



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2) Xsportsnews via Naver : [1001 nights] ‘Romantic Doctor’ Yoo Yeon Seok vs Yang Se Jong, will Seo Hyun Jin who’s in danger be saved?

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  1. [+933,-33] The captivation is no joke. When I look at the watch 55 minutes has passed
  2. [+791,-27] I suppose that Han Suk Kyu as a premium actor holds the center just with his presence.
  3. [+585,-27] Yesterday was no joke, but today I’m anticipating it more. Always bb* (*not sure if this is a slang or a typo)
  4. [+565,-31] It’s been a long time since I last watch a medical drama with various materials like this… really fun. Dong Joo, make sure to save Seo Jung sunbae!!!!
  5. [+395,-22] Again today I don’t know what to say. Looking forward to it~ hahaha


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3) Sports Chosun via Naver : [SC Focus] Whatever the beginning is, it ends with romance… ‘Romantic Doctor’, even though cliche it’s a wickedly heart fluttering drama

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  1. [+736,-54] This time Yoo Yeon Seok harvest the best!! It’s nice when he’s with Seo Hyun Jin and it’s also exciting when he’s fighting with Han Suk Kyu. More than anything, Kang Dong Joo’s distinct colours are really interesting. Seems like Yoo Yeon Seok has become (the actor) whom I trust. Well, except for the Chinese woman who comes out when forgotten, everything is the best among the best
  2. [+521,-40] Both actors Yoo Yeon Seok and Seo Hyun Jin are good in melo / romance. Even though within just a few minutes yesterday Yoo Yeon Seok’s mellow eyes made my heart fluttered
  3. [+516,-42]  1 minute is enough to show melodrama with Yoo Yeon Seok’s eyes only
  4. [+542,-66]  The ratings will fall quickly if it’s only about dating like Doctors. Like how it has been until now, keep up the tension and go all the way with the story about doctors
  5. [+407,-26] Even though romance only appear for 2 minutes, I like both actors’ gaze. They draw me in ㅠㅠㅠ

[Rating Report] Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim Breaks the 20% Mark in Week 4

Congratulations to ‘Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim’ for breaking  the elusive 20 percent viewer rating!

Episode 8 of the medical romcom pull in the highest number to date with 21.7 percent. The drama sees a jump of 2.9 percent from Episode 7’s rating of 18.8 percent. With this impressive rating, ‘Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim’ continues to maintain the first spot on Monday-Tuesday broadcast, way ahead of two other dramas by a huge margin.

Episode 7
AGB: Nationwide: 18.8%, Metropolitan: 20.4%
TNMS: Nationwide: 16.5%, Metropolitan: 20.3%

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Episode 8
AGB: Nationwide: 21.7%, Metropolitan: 23.3%
TNMS: Nationwide: 19.5%, Metropolitan: 23.4%

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The drama gave strong signal of breaking the 20% mark when the hostage scene at the end episode 7 recorded rating peak at 23.29 percent. While the hostage scene continued in episode 8 and got a heartbreaking resolution, the scene where Kang Dong Joo (Yoo Yeon Seok) summoning Chairman Shin (Joo Hyun) in the moment of crisis peaked at 25.4 percent. Just wow!!

With such amazing feats in the rating department, will we get the free hug event that the cast promised during the V-Live of ‘Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim’?

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*giving DongJoo puppy look to Yoo Yeon Seok*

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Source: SBS Twitter, Yoo Yeon Seok Official Facebook

[Eng] (Comments) ‘Teacher Kim’ Yoo Yeon Seok, a youth pained by the age of inequality, ‘symphathetic’


Osen via Naver : ‘Teacher Kim’ Yoo Yeon Seok, a youth pained by age of inequality, ‘symphathetic’.


1. [+257, -13] Seeing him right here, he is cool and his acting is good too. I hope he does even better in the future

2. [+222, -3] It is harder than before because there are more people with wealth and authority

3. [+182, -10] The self portrait of the youths in this age’s pain is well drawn out by actor Yoo Yeon Seok. I’m watching it well ㅠㅠㅠㅠ

4. [+144, -8] I’ll always cheer on Yoo Yeon Seok

5. [+126, -5] The fact that it’s the reality made me have a lump in my throat and feeling bitter even more… when Yoo Yeon Seok was writing the resignation letter I had a lump in my throat again ㅠㅠ

[ENG SUB] ‘Romantic Doctor’ First Trailer and Still Cuts

Someone is totally having a drama comeback!

Yoo Yeon Seok will make his drama return next month with ‘Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim’ where he plays an ambitious, cold yet charismatic doctor Kang Dong-Joo. He is playing alongside ‘Royal Tailor’ co-star Han Suk Gyu and actress Seo Hyun Jin.

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The trailer and still cuts are released just recently and we had the joy to sub it for all YeoNizens here.

In the teaser, you can catch a glimpse of Yoo Yeon Seok’s steamy almost-kiss scene with Seo Hyun Jin. Ever wonder how they got into that part? Not so fast.. Because in the recently released still cuts, Yoo Yeon Seok and Seo Hyun Jin are sending death glares to each other. In Geusan University Medical Center, the provocative intern Yoo Yeon Seok is giving a look full of complaint at his senior resident doctor, Seo Hyun Jin . The two will be working under doctor Kim Sa Bu, who eventually helps the two to learn the joy of helping patient.

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“Romantic Doctor Kim” will premiere on 7 May 2016 following the ending of ‘Moon Lovers. This new SBS drama will broadcast every Monday and Tuesday at 10 PM KST.

Translated by Lunagal
Typesetter / Encoder : daydreamer
Original video credited to SBS
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[Eng] (Comments) Han Suk Kyu • Seo Hyun Jin • Yoo Yeon Seok confirmed for SBS drama ‘Romantic Doctor’


So Yoo Yeon Seok is confirmed for the upcoming SBS Mon-Tue drama ‘Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim’, alongside Han Suk Kyu and Seo Hyun Jin ^^

The drama is penned by scriptwriter Kang Eun Kyung (What Happens to My Family, Gu Family Book, Baker King Kim Tak Goo) and it will be directed by PD Yoo In Sik (Mrs Cop 1& 2, History of a Salaryman)

Today, after the confirmation of the 3 main cast, it was also revealed the names of other actors who will be joining the drama : Im Won Hee (You Are All Surrounded), Jin Kyung (Uncontrollably Fond), Kim Min Jae (Twenty Again) and Yoon Na Moo (musical and theater actor)

They already held script reading session on Sept 13th, 2016 and the drama will air on November 7, 2016 after Moon Lovers.

Below is the (rough) translation of the comments on the casting confirmation article  :


Osen via Naver : Han Suk Kyu•Seo Hyun Jin•Yoo Yeon Seok confirmed for ‘Romantic Doctor’..script reading has been completed [Official position]

1. [+120, -5] Totally looking forward to it 😘😘😘😘😘😘

2. [+111, -3] Whoa the 3 of them all are awesome in acting, this is a must watch

3. [+107, -4] Whoa whoa jackpot jackpot!! I’m really looking forward to see Doctor Yoo Yeon Seok. Han Suk Kyu and Seo Hyun Jin are such a splendid casting too!! Jackpot!! Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim fighting!!

4. [+103, -4] Wow, Yoo Yeon Seok, Han Suk Kyu, Seo Hyun Jin are such a honey combination. I really like Yoo Yeon Seok and Han Suk Kyu together in The Royal Tailor. Looking forward to it.

5. [+95, 4] I like all the three of them. I’m pleased that I get something to watch after a long while



[Eng] ‘Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim’ Synopsis


Source : SBS Mediacreate Monthly Magazine (Sept ’16)

(Monday – Tuesday Drama)
‘Romantic Teacher Teacher Kim’ (Tentative title) 
20 episodes
First episode to air on November 7, 2016 at 10pm

The age of injustice, is called as the age of inequality and distrust. Since we’re living in a full of desire society where not only politics but also medical communities follow the tracks of money, I can’t help but to worry what if my family is ill. At times like this, a wish ‘I wish people like them to be around’, came for such kind of doctors.

‘Romantic’ nonsense. Teacher Kim is an eccentric swashbuckling doctor who is practical and cool-headed. He was once famous with the nickname of ‘Hand of God’, but now he saves many people lives with his incredible medical technique in *’Doldam Hospital’ (*literal : “Stone wall Hospital”), a small general hospital in a small city, in general surgery, cardiothoracic surgery and emergency department.

Looking like a trivial suburb hospital, but every staff including nurse moves silently and swiftly like masters in the forest do. One day, two young doctors came to the peaceful “Doldam Hospital”…

The first doctor was a young female patient who was rescued by Teacher Kim in a mountain. She was an emergency department resident, who once shouted “If you do not know love you’re not qualified to wear a doctor’s gown”, she shouted loudly in order to save one’s life in the emergency room. Written as seemingly passionate and hot-tempered but has something hidden inside, the casting of the mainstream actress Seo Hyun Jin for the role of ‘Yoon Seo Jeong’ is raising expectation.

The second doctor is kicked out from a large hospital in Seoul, a talented man but terribly rude and doesn’t have even an ounce of manners. It is said that once he was the best surgeon who did surgery easily. Being cast for the role of ‘Kang Dong Joo’, a man gifted with a talent but is wandering, Yoo Yeon Seok, the guy who shoots at the women’s heart will show a new transformation.

In addition to the fantastic combination of Seo Hyun Jin and Yoo Yeon Seok, for the drama’s key role ‘Teacher Kim’, actor Han Suk Kyu who can express ‘eccentric charisma’ well has been determined to star in the drama and is raising expectations.

[Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim] is a medical drama and a drama that shows the growth of a man and a woman who had chosen to become doctors for ‘success’ and ‘acknowledgement’ who later meets Teacher Kim and overcome their internal trauma and becoming real doctors.

Teacher Kim’s almost beyond human power medical technique in saving lives that are fading away would give an exhilarating thrill and there will be a melo/romance that will make the heart pounding faster than the urgency in the medical field.

Also, the main characters’ struggling growing phase in seeking for “real doctors” and “real life” after meeting with a genuine teacher will give us warmth during this winter to reflect on the value of ‘humanity’ that we all faintly missed.

Source : SBS Mediacreate Monthly Magazine (Sept ’16)