The Immortal Lee Soon-Shin

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  • Title: 불멸의 이순신 (不滅의 李舜臣) / Bulmyeolui Yi Sun-sin
  • Also known as: The Immortal Lee Soon-shin / Immortal Admiral Yi Soon-shin / Immortal Yi Soon-shin
  • Episodes: 104 (+ 2 special programs)
  • Broadcast network: KBS1
  • Broadcast period: 2004-Sep-04 to 2005-Aug-28 (2005-Sep-04)
  • Air time: Saturday & Sunday 21:45
  • Viewership rating: 33.1% (peak), 29.9% (average)


Drama "Yi Sun-shin" depicts Yi Sun-shin as a soldier who struggled to survive turbulent days.

At the time when Yi Sun-shin lived, the Joseon Dynasty had to achieve political reforms and stabilize the livelihood of the people, while defending the country against the Yojin (Nu Zhen) Tribe and Japanese pirate raiders. Yi Sun-shin was regarded sometimes with jealousy in the process of protecting grass-roots people and sticking to the principles of reforms and lost some battles. He was removed from his duties three times and reinstated to the military service two times as a rank-and-filer. But for all this disgrace, Yi Sun-shin was reborn as a true hero who led the Joseon Navy to a myth of invincibility during the Hideyoshi Invasion (1592-1598 A.D.). Yi Sun-shin, as a soldier who struggled to protect grass-roots people, is what Drama "Yi Sun-shin" has to depict.

Source: KBS

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