Title: 아이리스 / Airiseu /
Previously known as: 쉬리 / Shiri
Genre: Action, mystery, thriller, romance
Related TV shows: Athena: Goddess of War (SBS, 2010)
Episodes: 20
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2009-Oct-14 to 2009-Dec-17
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55

Kim Hyun Joon and Jin Sa Woo are best friends who were brought into a top secret organization known as NSS by analyst Choi Seung Hee and Park Sang Hyun. Hyun Joon and Sa Woo both fall in love with Seung Hee when she first profiles them. Their lives are changed forever when Hyun Joon is given a solo mission in Hungary. Hyun Joon later tries to find out who set him up and to figure out what IRIS is and wants.

Lee Byung Hun as Kim Hyun Joon
Oh Eun Chan (오은찬) as Hyun Joon (child)
Kim Tae Hee as Choi Seung Hee
Yoon Je Moon as Park Sang Hyun (NSS chief)
Yoon Joo Sang as Oh Hyun Kyu (NSS chief)
Kim Hye Jin as Yang Jung In (NSS staff)
Hyun Jyu Ni as Yang Mi Jung (NSS staff, best Korean hacker)
Na Yoon as Hwang Tae Sung (NSS staff)
Kim Yoon Tae as Kim Sun Hwa’s interrogation agent
Sung Woong as NSS agent

?? as Mr. Black
Jung Joon Ho as Jin Sa Woo
Kim Young Chul as Baek San (NSS vice-director)
T.O.P as Vick
Gil Geum Sung (길금성) as Eo Sung Shik
Im Hyung Joon (임형준) as Jin Sa Woo’s subordinate
Ryu Seung Ryong as Head of IRIS mercenaries
David Mclnnics (데이비드 맥기니스) as 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

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 Eon Jeong 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 (조지환) as North Korean agent
Kim Hyung Jong as North Korean 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

Other people
Kim Gab Soo as Yoo Jung Hoon
Yoo Min as Sato Eriko
Miyama Karen as Yuki
Jung Ho Bin as Kang Chul Hwan
Takayama Satoichi (다카야마 사다이치) as Takashi (Japanese terorist, ep.2)
Jo Han Chul (조한철) as Captain Jung (ep.1)
Choi Jong Ryul (최종률) as Shin Yoo Sub (ep. 1)

Production Credits
Production Company: Taewon Entertainment
Director: Kim Kyu Tae, Yang Yoon Ho (양윤호)
Writers: Choi Wan Kyu, Kang Je Kyu
Screenwriter: Kim Jae Eun, Jo Kyu Won (조규원), Kim Hyun Joon (김현준)
Executive Producer: Choi Ji Young (최지영)
Producer: Kim Young Jo (김영조)

Episode Ratings
Date Episode Nationwide Seoul
2009-10-14 1 24.5 (2nd) 25.4 (1st)
2009-10-15 2 25.3 (1st) 26.1 (1st)
2009-10-21 3 27.9 (1st) 29.3 (1st)
2009-10-22 4 26.2 (1st) 27.2 (1st)
2009-10-28 5 29.6 (1st) 30.3 (1st)
2009-10-29 6 28.9 (1st) 29.8 (1st)
2009-11-04 7 30.7 (1st) 31.1 (1st)
2009-11-05 8 30.9 (1st) 31.9 (1st)
2009-11-11 9 32.7 (1st) 33.3 (1st)
2009-11-12 10 33.7 (1st) 34.5 (1st)
2009-11-18 11 34.1 (1st) 34.9 (1st)
2009-11-19 12 31.3 (1st) 32.3 (1st)
2009-11-25 13 32.0 (1st) 32.5 (1st)
2009-11-26 14 32.5 (1st) 33.4 (1st)
2009-12-02 15 34.7 (1st) 35.5 (1st)
2009-12-03 16 35.7 (1st) 36.5 (1st)
2009-12-09 17 37.2 (1st) 39.1 (1st)
2009-12-10 18 35.7 (1st) 37.8 (1st)
2009-12-16 19 35.0 (1st) 36.4 (1st)
2009-12-17 20 39.9 (1st) 41.8 (1st)
2009-12-23 Special 12.0 (10th) 12.8 (9th)
Average 31.9% 33.1%
External Links

2010 3rd Korea Drama Awards: Best Producer Award
2010 5th Seoul International Drama Awards: Outstanding Korean Drama – Best Actor (Lee Byung Hun)
2010 46th Baeksang Arts Awards: Best TV Drama
2010 46th Baeksang Arts Awards: Best TV Drama Actor (Lee Byung Hun)
2009 KBS Drama Awards: Daesang (Grand Prize) (Lee Byung Hun)
2009 KBS Drama Awards: Excellence Award, Novella Drama – Actress (Kim Tae Hee)
2009 KBS Drama Awards: Excellence Award, Novella Drama – Actor (Jung Joon Ho and Kim Seung Woo)
2009 KBS Drama Awards: Best Supporting Actor Award (Yoon Joo Sang)
2009 KBS Drama Awards: Best Couple Award (Lee Byung Hun and Kim Tae Hee)
2009 KBS Drama Awards: Popularity Award (Kim So Yun)
2009 KBS Drama Awards: Netizen Popularity Award (Lee Byung Hun)
Filming sites include Russia, Japan, China and the U.S.
The production cost for this drama is estimated to be around 20 million dollars.
This drama is somewhat based on the film Shiri.
Plans have been made for a season 2 of IRIS. However actor Lee Byung Hun will be unable to participate in as he has other commitments.

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  • Gowie

    This is Outstanding