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Descendants of the Sun (태양의 후예, also known as Descended from the Sun) is a 2016 Korean Drama which aired from February 24 to April 22 on KBS 2. It stars Song Joong-ki as Captain Yoo Shi-jin, Song Hye-kyo as Kang Mo-yeon, Kim Ji-won as Yoon Myung-joo and Jin Goo as Seo Dae-young. The series was an international hit, attracting intense interest across Asia and even receiving a BBC news article.

The drama tells the story of special forces Captain Yoo Shi-jin who falls for Doctor Kang Mo-yeon while visiting the hospital. Their relationship is over before it really began due to the conflict between their jobs - a soldier who kills to protect people, and a doctor who saves lives no matter who they are. Six months later, they fatefully reunite in the fictional war torn country of Uruk, where they are forced to work together.

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In April 2019, it was announced that the show will see a Filipino adaptation.


Descendants of the Sun contains examples of:

  • And the Adventure Continues: The series' final scene is of the cast at Daniel and Ye Hwa's wedding reception in Canada, gearing up to deal with the aftermath of a volcanic eruption.
  • Arms Dealer: What Argus became after leaving the military; the Uruk arc's climax is after a crucial deal between him and Uruk coup leaders.
  • Beta Couple: To alpha couples Si-jin/Mo-yeon and Dae-young/Myeung-ju.
    • Lee Chi-hoon and his heavily pregnant fiancee. Although they're apart, they clearly love each other and are more stable than the other couples in the series.
    • Song Sang-hyun and Ha Ja-ae. Their lighthearted bickering contrasts with the two main couples' more serious issues.
    • Daniel and Ye Hwa, the Peacemaker doctor/nurse-slash-general store owners the cast meets in Uruk.
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  • Big Bad: Argus, whose illegal arms dealings spark a lot of the interpersonal conflict in Uruk.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Alpha Team storming Argus' mansion to save Si-jin and Mo-yeon.
  • Break the Cutie: Lee Chi-hoon started out as an optimistic and sweet, albeit spoiled son of a rich family and the only thing that mattered to him was the upcoming birth of his child. However, as the drama progresses, his own inexperience as a doctor crushes him. From episode six on wards, its difficult to see Chihoon happy until the very end. Even so, it's suggested he still has scars from Urk.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Chi-hoon does this at the end, talking to the cast about the happy ending...just before a volcano goes off.
  • Combat Medic: Myeung-joo, who's an army surgeon.
  • Deadpan Snarker: All four main characters show signs of this. Often found in the second lead couple - Daeyoung and Myungjoo
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Mo-yeon, Mi-jin, and Ja-ae shamelessly watch the Mowuru squadron on their shirtless jog every morning. The latter two are also prone to swooning over Daniel.
  • Elites Are More Glamorous: Si-jin and Dae-young are from the 707 Special Mission Battalion, aka the Korean counterpart to Delta Force.
  • The General's Daughter: Dae-young and Myeung-joo's romance is set back by the fact that her father is a three-star general and commander of South Korea's Special Forces, who doesn't want his lieutenant daughter dating an enlisted man. Played with in that Myeung-joo is competent enough by herself, and stands up to her father when he's being unreasonable about their relationship.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Discussed. No matter how competent a surgeon Mo-yeon is (and she's noted to be very competent), she won't advance to a professor position without connections.
  • Her Heart Will Go On: Subverted. The latter half of episode 15 is about Myeung-ju and Mo-yeon picking up the pieces and moving on after their respective boyfriends are presumed dead, but Dae-young and Si-jin are revealed to be alive by the next episode and both couples get back together.
  • Hospital Hottie: Mo-yeon herself is noted to be pretty by several characters, something that's only helped by the fact that she's a well-paid doctor.
  • The Hero: Yoo Shijin
  • Never Found the Body: When Si-jin and Dae-young go missing during an operation in Albania they are presumed dead but the bodies are never found. Sure enough, they're alive.
  • One-Man Army: Si-jin attempts this to rescue Mo-yeon at the climax of the Urk arc; while it initially goes well for him, in the end he would have been killed if not for Alpha Team's timely arrival.
  • Spoiled Sweet:
    • Lee Chi-hoon. He's from a rich family, but seems to have a genuinely friendly and altruistic nature despite his naivete and inexperience.
    • Daniel Spencer. Despite having an obscenely wealthy father, he works for NGOs and is a doctor with Peacemaker, a medical NGO.
  • Super Doc: The Haesung Hospital volunteer teams seem ready and well-equipped to deal with any and all medical emergencies or illnesses.
  • Time Bomb: When Moyeon's bomb vest has 30 seconds left
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