The Legend of the Blue Sea


Title 푸른 바다의 전설 The Legend of the Blue Sea

Synopsis

Inspired by a classic Joseon legend from Korea’s first collection of unofficial historical tales, about a fisherman who captures and releases a mermaid, this drama tells the love story between the son of a noble family in Joseon era and a mermaid.


Trailer I

How can a mermaid from the Joseon era survive in modern-day Seoul? Shim Chung (Jun Ji Hyun) is a mermaid who finds herself transplanted to modern times. She is caught by Heo Joon Jae (Lee Min Ho), a charming but cold con artist who is the doppelgänger for Kim Moon, the son of a nobleman from the Joseon Dynasty.


Trailer II

But in the present time, Joon Jae works with Jo Nam Doo (Lee Hee Joon), a skilled conman who guides Joon Jae to become a genius scammer. But Joon Jae’s friend, Cha Shi Ah (Shin Hye Sun), who works as a researcher at KAIST, may be Chung’s only hope for surviving in her strange new world.

Cast

Jun Ji Hyun as Shim Chung
– Kal So Won as Sim Chung (child)
– Shin Eun Soo as Shim Chung (young)
Lee Min Ho as Heo Joon Jae
– Jeon Jin Seo as Heo Joon Jae (child)
– Jin Young as Heo Joon Jae (young)


Trailer III

Conmen

Lee Hee Joon as Jo Nam Doo (golfer conman)
Shin Won Ho as Tae Oh (hacker conman)

Heo Joon Jae’s Family

Lee Ji Hoon as Heo Cha Hyun
Hwang Shin Hye as Kang Seo Hee
– Oh Yun Ah as Kang Seo Hee (young)
Choi Jung Woo as Heo Gil Joong
Na Young Hee as Mo Yoo Ran
– Shim Yi Young as Mo Yoo Ran (young)

Cha Shi Ah’s Family

Shin Hye Sun as Cha Shi Ah
Moon So Ri as Ahn Jin Joo
Lee Jae Won as Cha Dong Sik

People who chase Joon Jae

Sung Dong Il as Lord Yang (innkeeper) / Ma Dae Young (prison-breaker)
Park Hae Soo as Hong Dong Pyo (detective)

Others

Shin Rin Ah as Seo Yoo Na (elementary school 1st grade student)
Lee Ho Jae as old fisherman
Ri Min
Seo Bum Shik
Seo Dong Won
Kang Joo Ha
Jung Moon Sung as Heo Il Joong
Choi Kwon as Yak Sun

Cameo

Go Kyu Pil as Han Sung Tae (Myung-dong Capital CEO) (ep 1)
Kim Sung Ryung as Jang Jin Ok (madam of Myung-dong Capital) (ep 1-3)
Krystal Jung as Min Ji (stewardess) (ep 1)
Ahn Jae Hong as Kim Bong Duk / Thomas, the missionary (ep 2)
Hong Jin Kyung as homeless woman (ep 3, 5, 9, 11, 15-17)
Cha Tae Hyun as Han River conman (ep 4)
Kim Kang Hyun as policeman (ep 5)
Park Jin Joo as ER nurse (ep 6)
Kim Byung Choon as hospital deputy director (ep.6)
Jo Jung Suk as Yoo Jung Hoon (merman / 119 rescue worker) (ep 7, 8)
Jung Yoo Mi as Kim Hye Jin (Jung Hoon’s ex-girlfriend) (ep 8)
Kim Sun Young as woman at the sauna (ep 11)
Im Won Hee as doctor (ep 19)
Kim Seul Gi as mermaid (ep 20)


Production Credits

Chief Producer Park Young Soo
Director Jin Hyuk, Park Sun Ho
Screenwriter Park Ji Eun
Genre Romance, Comedy, Fantasy
Episodes 20 + 1 Special
Broadcast network SBS
Broadcast period 2016 November 2017 January

Note
The story is inspired by a historical tale about a mermaid contained in a short story anthology known as “Eou Yadam” by Joseon-era scholar Yu Mong In.
This drama marks the last acting role for superstar Lee Min Ho before he enters his mandatory two-year military service and the first acting role for Jun Ji Hyun after giving birth to her first child.

Awards

2016 SBS Drama Awards Idol Academy Award (Best Eating) – Jun Ji Hyun (The Legend of the Blue Sea)
2016 SBS Drama Awards Top 10 Stars Award – Jun Ji Hyun (The Legend of the Blue Sea)
2016 SBS Drama Awards Top 10 Stars Award – Lee Min Ho (The Legend of the Blue Sea)
2016 SBS Drama Awards Best Couple Awards – Lee Min Ho and Jun Ji Hyun (The Legend of the Blue Sea)
2016 SBS Drama Awards Special Actor (Fantasy) – Sung Dong Il (The Legend of the Blue Sea)
2016 SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Actor (Fantasy) – Lee Min Ho (The Legend of the Blue Sea)

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