Descendants of the Sun is a 2016 South Korean television series, starring Song Joong-ki, Song Hye-kyo, Jin Goo, and Kim Ji-won.
Yoo Si-jin (Song Joong-ki) is the captain of a South Korean Special Forces unit. He and his friend Master Sergeant, Seo Dae-young (Jin Goo) are off-duty, when they witness a young man stealing a motorcycle and apprehend him. The thief, Kim Gi-bum (Kim Min-seok), is injured during the chase and therefore sent to the hospital. Dae-young realises his cell phone was stolen by the thief, and goes to the hospital with Si-jin to retrieve it.
In the emergency room, Si-jin meets Dr Kang Mo-yeon (Song Hye-kyo) for the first time and is instantly attracted to him. Dr Kang assumes Si-jin is part of the thief’s criminal gang after hearing him being addressed as “Big Boss”, which is his call sign by Seo Dae-young. He proves his identity with the help of army surgeon Yoon Myung-Ju (Kim Ji-won)
Si-jin and Mo-Yeon begin to date, but due to Si-jin often being called in for duty, their dates are often interrupted halfway. Si-jin receives his orders to be deployed on a peacekeeping mission in the war-torn country of Uruk. Meanwhile, Mo-Yeon is upset because she found out that she had been passed over for a professorship, favouring a less-capable colleague who had familial connections to the hospital management.
When Si-jin returns and meets Mo-Yeon again, she directly asks him to explain his sudden disappearance and job. Si-jin cannot go into much details due to the classified nature of his assignments. They talk about their views on life and realise how different they are, as a soldier who kills to protect lives while Mo-Yeon, as a doctor, who honours the medical Oath to save lives.
Due to their differences, they agree to part ways. Dae-young on the other hand, faces a dilemma on whether to continue his relationship with Myung-Ju, or risk being forced out of the army for breaking rules set by Myung-Ju father, a three-star general and commander of the Special Forces.
Eight months later, Mo-Yeon rejects the romantic advances of the hospital director as a result, is assigned against her will to lead a team of medical volunteers to Uruk as revenge for her turning down the hospital director.
At Uruk, Si-jin and Mo-yeon reunite and both gain a deeper insight into one’s jobs as their respective teams endure an earthquake and a viral epidemic. Dealing with a warlord who once fought by Si-jin’s side but now takes advantage of the corrupt government of Uruk to make money off human trafficking.
While in Uruk, Mo-yeon accidentally confesses her feelings (much to the amusement of their respective teams) and the two officially start dating. She gradually comes to terms with the possibility of him being killed in action, and the fact that she may never have full disclosure of his whereabouts. In the meantime, Dae-young finally works up the nerve to show more affection toward Myung-ju after she nearly dies in quarantine after being infected with the MP virus.
Si-jin and Mo-yeon continue their relationship after returning to Korea, until Si-jin and Dae-young are sent on a classified operation in which they disappear and are assumed to be dead. Months passed and Mo-yeon mourns Si-jin’s death, thus deciding to commemorate his passing by volunteering with a medical team sent to Albania while Myung-ju was sent on a medical mission in Uruk.
This is where Si-jin eventually finds her on the day of their one-year death anniversary while Dae-young went to Uruk to find Myung-ju after reporting that they were alive to the Military Headquarters.
After their reunion, Si-jin told Mo-yeon that he and Dae-young were rescued from captivity by “a friend from afar”, a soldier from North Korea whom Si-jin had helped before. Si-jin and Mo-yeon, along with Myung-ju and Dae-young, are all happily reunited with each other.
- Song Hye-kyo as Doctor Kang Mo-yeon (a.k.a. Beauty and Pretty one)
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Name: Descendants Of The Sun
Directors: Lee Eung-bok, Baek Sang-hoo
Written By: Kim Won-seok
Genre: Action, Romance, Melodrama
Country: South Korean