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Immortal Admiral Yi Sun-Shin
Format Drama, History, War
Developed by Youn Seon Ju
Written by Youn Seon Ju
Starring Kim Myung Min
Yi Jae Ryong
Choi Jae-sung
Choi Chul Ho
Country of origin  South Korea
No. of episodes 104
Producer(s) Jeong Yeon Chul
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time Saturday and Sunday, 1 Hour
Original channel KBS
Original run September 4, 2004 – August 28, 2005[1]
Korean name
Hangul 불멸의 이순신
Hanja 不滅의 李舜臣
Revised Romanization Bulmyeolwi I Sun-shin
McCune–Reischauer Pulmyŏlŭi Yi Sun-shin

Immortal Admiral Yi Sun-shin is a South Korean television show based on the life of Admiral Yi Sun-shin. It was first broadcast in August 2004 in Korea and later in the United States near the end of August. Many times, it filmed on location at the actual battle sites. It made extensive use of rendered images and a reconstruction of a turtle ship. Due to the preparation needed, the show took many months to produce.


Artistic license in the series

The drama has been the focus of some attention due to historical inaccuracies, explained away with artistic license, though it concerns some that it may be promoting itself as based on fact.[2]

When Admiral Yi is portrayed as a boy, he is shown to be a weak, shy, and lonely boy though common belief is that he had leadership and creativity at an early age. Nevertheless, he is portrayed to display those qualities as a growing man, unable to avert his eyes from social injustice.

Instead of vilifying Won Gyun, a Korean admiral who contributed to the jailing of Admiral Yi for jealous reasons, Won Gyun is portrayed as a strong and smart man who befriends and leads Yi throughout his early life. This deviates from the common belief that Won Gyun had always conspired against Yi. In the show, his jealousy and rivalry is portrayed in his later years as a veteran commander when he begins to show his arrogance as one of Chosun's strongest warriors, refusing to follow along with what he deems to be Yi's cowardly tactics and treachery to the King. His betrayal to Yi is explained through the show's ongoing politics and his inability to distinguish military merits from protection of the people. There is much debate about this positive portrayal of Won Gyun as recent research suggests that he may have been excessively vilified during the Park Chung-Hee administration.[2] Reception and reviews have since been positive with much praise for the show's emphasis for humanity and their portrayal of Won Gyun.



  1. ^ The Immortal Lee Soon Shin . Bulmyeolui Lee Soon-shin
  2. ^ Digital Chosunilbo (English Edition). [1]

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