Descendants of the Sun Drama Review, Cast, Story, Trailer, Timing, and Release Date

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Descendants of the Sun Drama

Descendants of the Sun is a South Korean drama about a soldier and a doctor who fall in love. The soldier, Yoo Si-jin, is a captain in the special forces. By chance, he meets Dr. Kang Mo-yeon, a surgeon at a hospital. Despite their strong feelings, their jobs often keep them apart. The story unfolds as they try to balance their love with their responsibilities in a war-torn country called Uruk. Their relationship faces many challenges, including philosophical differences about life and death. The show gained massive popularity across Asia and increased tourism to Korea. It was also adapted in the Philippines and Vietnam, with plans for a Chinese adaptation.

Descendants of the Sun Drama Review

Drama Descendants of the Sun
Hangul 태양의 후예
Hanja 太陽의 後裔
Revised Romanization Taeyang-ui Huye
Channel KBS2, Netflix
Director Lee Eung-bok and Baek Sang-hoon 
Producers Ham Young-hoon, Yoo Jong-seon and Park Woo-ram
Starring Song Joong-ki, Song Hye-kyo, Jin Goo
Writer/Screenplay by Kim Eun-sook and Kim Won-seok
Country of origin South Korea
Release date February 24 – April 22, 2016
IMDB rating 8.2/10
Google users rating 95% liked this TV show
Total episodes 16 + 3 (special)
The first episode’s airing date February 24, 2016
Average episode length April 22, 2016
Language Korean
Genre Romance, Melodrama and Action
This show is  Romantic and Action
Maturity rating 16+

Descendants of the Sun Cast

Actor Character
Song Joong-ki Yoo Shi-jin
Song Hye-kyo Kang Mo-yeon
Jin Goo Seo Dae-young
Kim Ji-won Yoon Myeong-Joo
Kim Min-seok Kim Gi-bum
Bo Hyun Ahn Im Gwang-nam
Onew Lee Chi-yeon
Jo Woo-ri Jang Hee-eun
Lee Yi-kyung Kang Min-jae
Yoo Ah-in Eom Hong-shik
Cho Tae-gwan Daniel Spencer
Lee Seung-joon Song Sang-hyun
Lee Kwang-soo __
Park Hwan-hee Choi Min-ji
Seo Jung-Yeon Ha Ja-ae
Park Hoon Choi Woo-geun
David Lee McInnis David Argus
Kang Shin-il Lieutenant General Yoon Gil-joon
Anupam Tripathi  __
Hyun Jyu-ni Pyo Ji-soo
Kim Byung-chul Lieutenant Park Byung-soo
Jeon Soo-jin Ri Ye-hwa
Ji Seung-hyun Ahn Jung-joon
Jo Jae-yoon Jin Young-soo
Matthew Douma Jordan
Tae In-ho Han Suk-won
Choi Woong Staff Sergeant Gong Cheol-ho
Lee Jong-hyeok Captain Kim Jin-seok
Park Ah-in Kim Eun-ji
Ryu Hwa-young
Nam Gi-Ae
Park Jun-geum Chi Hoon’s mother
Lee Jae-yong Choi Ji-ho
Gwak In-jun Lee Han-soo
Zyon Barreto Fatima
Jeon Intaek Shi-Jin’s Father

Descendants of the Sun Overview

Descendants of the Sun Drama Overview

The K-drama Descendants of the Sun is a story about a soldier and a doctor who fall in love. The soldier, named Yoo Shi-jin, is a leader in the special forces. The doctor, Kang Mo-yeon, works at a hospital. They meet by chance and start to like each other. But their jobs make it hard to be together. They go to a country that has been hurt by a big disaster and is not peaceful. There, they help people and try to make their love work despite the difficulties.

Original SoundTrack

No. Title Artist Length
1. Always Yoon Mi-rae 3:25
2. Everytime Chen and Punch 3:08
3. This Love (이 사랑) Davichi 3:46
4. You Are My Everything Gummy 4:00
5. Once Again (다시 너를) Kim Na-young feat. Mad Clown 3:55
6. Save The Day Various Artists 3:20
7. Mission Part 1 Various Artists 4:25
8. Time Is Running Out Various Artists 3:29
9. Hidden Genius Various Artists 4:53
10. Endless War Various Artists 2:48
11. My Everything Various Artists 2:54
12. Heart Break Various Artists 4:16
13. Military Dignity Various Artists 2:08
14. Mission Part 2 Various Artists 6:14
15. I Love You Various Artists 2:53
16. Aroma Various Artists 1:56
17. War Of Tomorrow Various Artists 3:58
18. The Lover Various Artists 3:25
19. You’re My Everything (English ver.) Gummy 4:00

Disc 2

No. Title Artist Length
1. Talk Love (말해! 뭐해?) K.Will 3:37
2. With You Lyn 4:15
3. By My Side (사랑하자) SG Wannabe 3:46
4. Wind Beneath Your Wings (그대, 바람이 되어) M.C the MAX 3:55
5. How Can I Love You XIA (Junsu) 4:20
6. No More War Various Artists 3:52
7. Always I Love You Various Artists 2:42
8. Fighter Various Artists 2:32
9. Mission2 – Epic Tension Various Artists 4:45
10. Lonely Road Various Artists 4:18
11. Vital Fantasy Various Artists 3:01
12. Love You 2 Various Artists 2:58
13. Don’t Forget Me Various Artists 3:30
14. Time Is Running Out (Ver. 2) Various Artists 3:41
15. Attention (Mission ver.) Various Artists 3:25
16. Move Forward Various Artists 3:41
17. Freedom Various Artists 3:40
18. Attention O.R.I Various Artists 1:51

K-drama Descendants of the Sun Storyline

K-drama Descendants of the Sun Storyline

Descendants of the Sun is a story about a soldier and a doctor who fall in love. The soldier, named Yoo Shi-jin, is a leader in the special forces. The doctor, Kang Mo-yeon, works at a hospital. They meet by chance and start to like each other. But their jobs make it hard to be together. They go to a country that has been hurt by a big disaster and is not peaceful. There, they help people and try to make their love work despite the difficulties.

Plot Summary

Descendants of the Sun is a love story about a soldier and a doctor. The soldier, Captain Yoo Shi Jin, works in the special forces. The doctor, Kang Mo Yeon, is a surgeon. They meet by accident and start liking each other. Their work takes them to a place with many problems, like a big disaster and fighting. They try to help people there and keep loving each other even when it’s hard.

Synopsis

Descendants of the Sun Synopsis

Descendants of the Sun is about the love between a soldier and a doctor. The soldier, Captain Yoo Shi Jin, is in the special forces. The doctor, Kang Mo Yeon, is a surgeon. They meet when Shi Jin catches a thief who is then taken to the hospital where Mo Yeon works. They start liking each other, but their different jobs make things difficult. They both end up working in a country with many problems, like disasters and fighting. The story of this K-drama shows how they try to help people and make their relationship work despite the challenges.

Parents Guide

Descendants of the Sun is rated with varying age appropriateness across different countries, generally falling within the TV-14 category in the United States. This means the series is considered suitable for viewers over the age of 14 to 16. The parent’s guide highlights a few areas of concern, such as romance & nudity, which are present to a minimal extent, including some scenes with cleavage and a couple of kissing scenes, but these are not the main focus of the show. 

Violence & gore are noted to be mild, with some intense scenes involving fights and gun usage, which may be frightening but are not graphically depicted. Profanity is also mild, with occasional use of mild swear words and a single stronger expletive. There is a moderate portrayal of alcohol and drugs. Given this information, Descendants of the Sun might be suitable for older teenagers, but parents are advised to consider the mentioned elements of violence, language, and minimal romantic content before allowing younger children to watch.

Descendants of the Sun Awards and Nominations

Year Award ceremony Category Nominee / Work Result
2016 2016 Rookie Asia Awards Male Rookie of the Year Choi Woong Won
2016 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards Grand Prize (TV) Descendants of the Sun Won
2016 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Drama Descendants of the Sun Nominated
2016 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Director (TV) Lee Eung-bok, Baek Sang-hoon Nominated
2016 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (TV) Song Joong-ki Nominated
2016 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (TV) Song Hye-kyo Nominated
2016 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Scriptwriter (TV) Kim Eun-sook, Kim Won-seok Nominated
2016 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (TV) Song Joong-ki Won
2016 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (TV) Jin Goo Nominated
2016 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (TV) Song Hye-kyo Won
2016 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (TV) Kim Ji-won Nominated
2016 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards iQiyi Global Star Award Song Joong-ki Won
2016 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards iQiyi Global Star Award Song Hye-kyo Won
2016 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards iQiyi Global Star Award Jin Goo Nominated
2016 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards iQiyi Global Star Award Kim Ji-won Nominated
2016 2nd Scene Stealer Festival Scene Stealer Award (Male) Lee Seung-joon Won
2016 2nd Scene Stealer Festival Scene Stealer Award (Male) Jo Jae-yoon Won
2016 2nd Scene Stealer Festival Newcomer Scene Stealer Award (Male) Onew Won
2016 1st Indonesian Television Awards Special Award Jin Goo Won
2016 43rd Korean Broadcasting Grand Prize Best Drama Descendants of the Sun Won
2016 11th Seoul International Drama Awards Excellent Korean Drama Descendants of the Sun Won
2016 11th Seoul International Drama Awards Outstanding Korean Actor Song Joong-ki Won
2016 11th Seoul International Drama Awards Outstanding Korean Drama OST Gummy (You Are My Everything) Won
2016 5th APAN Star Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Song Joong-ki Won
2016 5th APAN Star Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Song Hye-kyo Nominated
2016 5th APAN Star Awards Drama of the Year Descendants of the Sun Won
2016 5th APAN Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Song Joong-ki Nominated
2016 5th APAN Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Song Hye-kyo Nominated
2016 5th APAN Star Awards Best Supporting Actor Lee Seung-joon Nominated
2016 5th APAN Star Awards Best Supporting Actor Jin Goo Won
2016 5th APAN Star Awards Best Supporting Actress Kim Ji-won Won
2016 5th APAN Star Awards Best New Actor Kim Min-seok Nominated
2016 5th APAN Star Awards Best APAN Star Award Song Joong-ki Won
2016 5th APAN Star Awards Best Couple Award Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo Won
2016 5th APAN Star Awards Best Couple Award Jin Goo and Kim Ji-won Nominated
2016 9th Korea Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Song Joong-ki Nominated
2016 9th Korea Drama Awards Best Drama Descendants of the Sun Won
2016 9th Korea Drama Awards Best Drama Writer Kim Eun-sook Nominated
2016 9th Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor Jo Jae-yoon Won
2016 9th Korea Drama Awards Best New Actor Kim Min-seok Nominated
2016 9th Korea Drama Awards Best Original Soundtrack Gummy (You Are My Everything) Nominated
2016 Korean Advertisers Association Awards Best Drama Descendants of the Sun Won
2016 1st Asia Artist Awards Grand Prize (Daesang), Drama Song Joong-ki Nominated
2016 1st Asia Artist Awards Best Artist Award, Actress Song Hye-kyo Nominated
2016 1st Asia Artist Awards Best Celebrity Award, Actor Jin Goo Won
2016 1st Asia Artist Awards Best Celebrity Award, Actress Kim Ji-won Won
2016 1st Asia Artist Awards Best Rookie Award, Actress Park Hwan-hee Nominated
2016 1st Asia Artist Awards Best OST Award Gummy (You Are My Everything) Won
2016 1st Asia Artist Awards Popularity Award, Actor Song Joong-ki Nominated
2016 1st Asia Artist Awards Popularity Award, Actress Song Hye-kyo Nominated
2016 1st Asia Artist Awards Popularity Award, Actress Kim Ji-won Nominated
2016 8th Melon Music Awards Best OST Gummy (You Are My Everything) Nominated
2016 8th Melon Music Awards Best OST Yoon Mi-rae (Always) Won
2016 8th Melon Music Awards Best OST Davichi (This Love) Nominated
2016 18th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best OST Davichi (This Love) Nominated
2016 21st Asian Television Awards Best Drama Series Descendants of the Sun Won
2016 Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards Presidential Award Song Joong-ki Won
2016 Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards Presidential Award Song Hye-kyo Won
2016 Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards Presidential Award Kim Eun-sook Won
2016 29th Grimae Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Kim Si-hyung, Uhm Jun-sung (Cinematography) Won
2016 30th KBS Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Song Joong-ki Won
2016 30th KBS Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Song Hye-kyo Won
2016 30th KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Song Joong-ki Nominated
2016 30th KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Song Hye-kyo Nominated
2016 30th KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Song Joong-ki Nominated
2016 30th KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Jin Goo Nominated
2016 30th KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Song Hye-kyo Nominated
2016 30th KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Kim Ji-won Won
2016 30th KBS Drama Awards Best Supporting Actor Jo Jae-yoon Nominated
2016 30th KBS Drama Awards Best Supporting Actress Seo Jeong-yeon Nominated
2016 30th KBS Drama Awards Best New Actor Kim Min-seok Nominated
2016 30th KBS Drama Awards Best New Actor Onew Nominated
2016 30th KBS Drama Awards Best New Actress Kim Ji-won Won
2016 30th KBS Drama Awards Best Screenwriter Kim Eun-sook, Kim Won-seok Won
2016 30th KBS Drama Awards Netizen Award Song Joong-ki Nominated
2016 30th KBS Drama Awards Netizen Award Song Hye-kyo Nominated
2016 30th KBS Drama Awards Best Couple Award Song Joong-ki & Song Hye-kyo Won
2016 30th KBS Drama Awards Best Couple Award Jin Goo & Kim Ji-won Won
2016 30th KBS Drama Awards Asia Best Couple Award Song Joong-ki & Song Hye-kyo Won
2017 31st Golden Disk Awards Best OST Gummy (You Are My Everything) Won
2017 26th Seoul Music Awards OST Award Gummy (You Are My Everything) Won
2017 29th Korean Producer Awards Best Performer Award Song Joong-ki Won
2017 Korea Communications Commission Broadcasting Awards Grand Prize for Excellence in Production Descendants of the Sun Won
2017 50th WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival Special Jury Award (TV series) Descenda

User Reviews

  • A viewer praised the drama for its blend of romance, action, adventure, drama, and comedy, highlighting its great storyline, awesome cast, and beautiful soundtrack, calling it one of their favourites​​.
  • Another viewer found the drama brilliant, appreciating its war, earthquake, surgery, and romance elements, along with exotic scenery, but mentioned a bittersweet feeling due to the real-life divorce of the main actors​​.
  • One review celebrated the drama as well-written and beautifully shot, with a fresh plot, well-built characters, and a satisfying ending, labelling it as one of the best shows they’ve seen​​.
  • A more critical review described the drama as overrated, lacking a coherent plot, and found the secondary couple’s love story more interesting than the main couple’s. They also mentioned the beautiful locations and good OST as positives​​.
  • Another review admired the drama’s avoidance of major K-drama tropes, the depth of character development, and the secondary love story as much as the main one, though it noted some flaws in the dramatic elements and medical storyline​​.

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