Iris, Synopsis, Casts and Review (2009)

Iris is a Korean drama series that aired in 2009, starring by Lee Byung-hun, Kim Tae-hee, Jung Joon-ho, Kim Seung-woo, Kim So-yeon and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) from KPOP group idol Big Bang. It aired on KBS2 from October 14 to December 17, 2009 every Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55. This drama was directed by Kim Kyu Tae and Yang Yoon Ho, which scripted by Choi Wan Kyu and Kang Je Kyu. Lets read about Iris, Synopsis, Casts and Review below.

Iris Korean Drama
Iris Korean Drama

Iris Synopsis

Iris tells about Kim Hyun Joon, an assassin who belongs to a top secret organization known as the “NSS” whereas T.O.P is an assassin who works in another secret organization located in the United States called “IRIS” and was ordered to kill Hyun Joon. Seung Hee is a psychological analyst who plays an important role in bring Hyun Joon into the “NSS.” Jin Sa Woo is Hyun Joon’s colleague and falls in love with Seung Hee as well but keeps this to himself.

Brothers Kim Hyun-jun (Lee Byung-hun) and Jin Sa-woo (Jung Joon-ho), were training under the South Korean army's 707th Special Mission Battalion until they were scouted by NSS (National Security Service). The duo was independently scouted by the beautiful NSS agent, Choi Seung-hee (Kim Tae-hee); the two didn't realize they have fallen for the same woman and continued to win her love. Unaware they have been scouted, the two were secretly captured and subjected through a simulated torture test and the duo passed their test to be worthy NSS agents.

After completing the test, Hyun-jun and Sawoo introduced to the director of the NSS, Baek San (Kim Yeong-cheol). Baek San explain to them that the NSS is a secret organization in charge of foreign threats and protect the interests of the state preemption through wetwork operations, including the murder of anyone who could be a threat to South Korea (SK) national security. Since its founding in 1976, during the government of Park Chung-hee, the existence of the body remains a state secret from everyone, including the President.

Once joined, the couple learned that Seung-hee is a secret agent scout them. While the duo was surprised and a little sore, Hyun-jun angry because he felt his most mocked; during a celebratory dinner team, Hyun-jun faced alone and the two embrace the passion that they have for one another. After that, the two maintain a romantic relationship a secret unbeknownst to anyone.

Hyun-jun and Seung-hee took the opportunity to secretly fly to Akita and Japan for a romantic winter escape after saving the life of Presidential Decree Cho Myung-ho (Lee Jung-gil); Baek San seize the opportunity to reveal the NSS to the president to get his support. While on vacation, the couple made friends with a young teenager, Yuki (who smitten with Hyun-jun at first glance). However, their vacation was cut short after being pulled back by the NSS for the mission to change lives in Budapest: restore NK chief nuclear scientist, Hong Seung-ryong.
 
At Budapest, Sa-woo catches up with Hyun-jun and Seung-hee to extract Hong Seung-ryong back to SK; Sa-woo learn from their romantic relationship and pretend to be happy for them. Unfortunately, Hong Seung-ryong was killed along with his handlers by IRIS Agent Vic. Afterwards, Baek San (who secretly agent IRIS) Hyun-jun cheated by having him kill North Korean Minister Yoon.
 
Hyun-jun managed to kill NK Minister Yoon and on the run. NK agent, Seon-hwa and Cheol-young, hunted for Hyun-jun as he fled. Wounded, Hyun-jun escaped capture and try to get help, but Baek San betrayed by manipulating Sa-woo to silence; he escaped arrest and after reuniting with Seung-hee. The pair agreed to run away together, but both thought each other had been killed by the enemy (Seung-hee by car bombs and Hyun-jun by plane crashed). Because of their failure to capture Hyun-jun, NK agents, Seon-hwa, was stripped of his title and imprisoned.
 
Both Hyun-jun and Seung-hee survived their ordeal. Hyun-jun saved by Jeong-hoon (a friend of his deceased parents Hyun-jun and reveal Baek San kill them). Seung-hee refuses to accept the death of Hyun-jun, but Sa-woo assures him she was dead. Jeong-hoon warns Hyun-jun of war profiteering organization known as IRIS, the power that has long existed to create political turmoil to profit from the discord of a country and contra-agency against them. Not willing to help a stranger, he fled to Akita and Japan to investigate.
 
Characters on Korean Drama Iris

NK intelligence later found life Hyun-jun and give Seon-hwa last chance to kill Hyun-jun for redemption. Seon-hwa failed and arrested by Hyun-jun; he gives grace and even offered his life to after he completed his quest for revenge. Seon-hwa trust him and eventually integrated himself with Yuki family as well. Over time, Seon-hwa fall in love with him. The two eventually make their way back to Korea after a fight with Vic unfortunate that leads to Yuki and his family's death. Defects Hyun-jun and cooperate with NK black-ops team to take revenge on Baek San.
 
Soon, Baek San and Sa-woo (manipulated into working for IRIS) found Jeong-hoon. They used to trace the source NSS. Before Jeong-hoon died, he switched video feeds to record his last moments to Hyun-jun (via video phone) to see. This video is meant to be a piece of evidence and also the instructions for Hyun-jun to continue its mission; instructions that took him to meet with President Cho Myung-ho once again. In a private meeting, Hyun-jun finally had a chance to explain his side the story and that he is now a double agent between the two sides to stop the nuclear plot (by IRIS) occurs.
 
Around the same time, Cheol-young, found himself commander, Gi-hoon, is part of a coup with IRIS to start a civil war and took control of both sides of Korea under unified control them. Hyun-jun and Seon-hwa teams with a team of highly black-ops who served nuking South Korea. Because he is not trusted, Hyun-jun help the team to infiltrate and attack the NSS HQ to steal specialized equipment to complete their build nuclear weapons. However, their actions were not enough to earn the trust the team because they have their own agenda, and the team went ahead with their plans without Hyun-jun and Seon-hwa.
 
It was between this time that Hyun-jun finally reunited with Seung-hee and learn what really happened in Budapest, including acts Sa-woo. It was also the first time he learned about IRIS, however, there is not enough time to explain things as NSS after them. Seung-hee Sa-woo confronts with the truth and said that he would never forgive his actions against Hyun-jun
 
Patience allows IRIS to go further through the NSS, President Cho Myung-ho has a National Security Chief, Yoo Kwang-ho, carry out a hostile takeover in the NSS; both Sa-woo and Baek San was arrested for conspiracy. Later, the president's official announcement of reunification, Hyun-jun and Seon-hwa looking for hidden nuke. During this time, Cheol-young successfully eradicated IRIS agents in the ranks of North Korea; through the recognition was arrested, he reported to the IRIS duo targeted Complex Federal Building, US Embassy, ​​and the Blue House. While searching the entire Seoul, Hyun-jun realizes they find previous records associated with a particular bus route and know nuke it in the tour bus to move. However, a former black-ops NK their teammates try to stop them in the crossfire great cause their death; Hyun-jun saved the day. With nuke neutralized and all enemy forces were killed, the president thanked SK Hyun-jun in his quest and obtain his complete faith.
 
Peace finally came and Hyun-jun take leave. After that, Hyun-jun took the time to say goodbye to Seon-hwa. Although Hyun-jun gets permission to allow the president Seon-hwa stay in SK; because of her unrequited love for Hyun-jun, he refused and returned to NK. Seon-hwa wanted to retire from being an agent; he will soon return to SK by Cheol-young when he realized profile Seung-hee is in force IRIS database found and Hyun-jun wants to warn of potential hazards.
 
Meanwhile, Hyun-jun went to Jeju Island for a vacation with Seung-hee, but somehow left without notice. Hyun-jun could not find him as he was called back to Seoul because jailbreak IRIS with Sa-woo and Baek San. He then admitted that he met with Baek San when he tried to recruit him to IRIS. He explained that Baek San helped raise her like a princess and she did not want to talk about it because of a personal conflict within him; Hyun-jun sympathize and forgive.
 
In the hunt Baek San, Hyun-jun find and kill Vic; he avenge the death of Yuki. Clues indicate that IRIS has been hiding in the house of a private golf club; Hyun-jun infiltrate and attack the golf club house with NSS team to capture Baek San and Sa-woo, but Sa-woo escapes. When Hyun-jun and Baek San finally meet, Hyun-jun Baek San demand for apology, but Baek San could not help laughing at this issue. Hyun-jun tempted to kill Baek San, but Hyun-jun had him arrested.
 
Then, Sa-woo and IRIS agents attacked a local mall for a hostage to squeeze both sides of the Korean government to release them and make IRIS agent presidential decree announced their political stance to not unite with NK. Hyun-jun's negotiator for the president and for the release of hostages, but he was really there to pull conscience Sa-woo. Because IRIS agents have conflicting orders with Sa-woo, Hyun-jun and Sa-woo is forced to team up again and kill all the agents IRIS. During the gun-battle, Sa-woo was seriously injured. Dying before his friends, he apologized and forgiven before he died. With all the things hinder the reunification process goes, peace talks resumed.
 
At the summit reunification, the president personally asked Hyun-jun was at his side. Simultaneously, NSS agents realized they had been duped: IRIS agent died allegedly at the mall is actually the hostages crisis. The agents IRIS true escape and sneak peaks to kill all the delegates. IRIS agents were killed and replaced various security agencies for slaughter. Unfortunately, he failed to interference Seung-hee. He pretends to be an agent of IRIS and used the confusion to stop them. This created mass panic as IRIS agent made them fight all of the security forces. In the end, the president of SK and NK forces survived the attack and Hyun-jun saved the day again.
 
After the incident, Hyun-jun and Seung-hee left the NSS to live a normal life. Seung-hee while waiting on a beacon to Hyun-jun, he drove up to meet and propose. However, during the drive, Hyun-jun has been criticized in the head by IRIS Agent Ray (of IRIS II). After that, life and death Hyun-jun then classified, Baek San was sent to the "black prison," and IRIS retroactively for three years until they get back their strength to take on the world once again.

Iris Review

Title: Iris
Hangul: 아이리스
Previously known as: 쉬리 / Shiri
Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller, Romance
Written by: Kim Hyun-jun, Jo Gyu-won, and Kim Jae-un
Directed by: Kim Kyu-tae and Yang Yun-ho
Episodes: 20
Broadcast network: KBS2
Composer(s): Yi Dong-jun and Choe Seong-gown
Country of origin: South Korea
Broadcast period: 2009-Oct-14 to 2009-Dec-17
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55

Iris Casts

IRIS
Jung Joon Ho as Jin Sa Woo
Kim Young Chul as Baek San
T.O.P as Vick
Gil Geum Sung (길금성) as Eo Sung Shik
Im Hyung Joon as Jin Sa Woo’s subordinate
Ryu Seung Ryong as Head of IRIS mercenaries
David McInnis as Ray (IRIS Operations Team Leader)
Lee Jung Yong as military training instructor / IRIS mercenery
Son Jung Min as IRIS mercenery
Ito Masayuki as Japanese IRIS member

NSS
Lee Byung Hun as Kim Hyun Joon
– Oh Eun Chan as Kim Hyun Joon (young)
Kim Tae Hee as Choi Seung Hee
Yoon Je Moon as Park Sang Hyung
Yoon Joo Sang as Oh Hyun Kyu
Kim Hye Jin as Yang Jung In
Hyun Jyu Ni as Yang Mi Jung
Na Yoon as Hwang Tae Sung
Kim Yoon Tae as Kim Sun Hwa’s interrogation agent
Sung Woong as NSS agent

South Korea’s Blue House
Lee Jung Gil as Jo Myung Ho (president)
Jung Han Yong as Jung Hyung Joon (president’s male advisor)
Myung Ji Yun as Hong Soo Jin (president’s female advisor)
Jung Jong Joon as Kwan Oh Hyun
Park Yong Ki as Yoo Kang Oh

North Korea Party
Kim Seung Woo as Park Chul Young
Kim So Yun as Kim Sun Hwa
Choi Jong Hwan as Eon Gi Hoon
Jang Dong Jik as Kang Do Chul
Lee Un Jung as Baek Kyung Hwa
Kim Ho Seung (김호승) as terorist agent of North Korea
Yeo Ho Min as Oh Kwang Soo
Kim Min Chan (김민찬) as Kim Hyun Suk
Jo Won Hee (조원희) as Hong Seung Ryong
Lee Suk Goo (이석구) as Yoon Sung Chul
Park Soo Hyun as Park Joong Kwon
Jo Ji Hwan as North Korean agent
Kim Hyung Jong as North Korean agent
 (newskoreandrama.com)


Iris, Synopsis, Casts and Review (2009) Iris, Synopsis, Casts and Review (2009) Reviewed by News Korean Drama on 4:31 AM Rating: 5

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